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February 2018


Gallery Reception: PRAESTIGIA & WYSIWYG

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Schnormeier Gallery
221 S. Main St.
Mount Vernon, Ohio



Columbus, Ohio (transportation provided)


Justice Talk

8:00 p.m.

Foster Hall


Valentines Banquet

7:00 p.m.

Foster Hall, Ariel Arena


Culture & Cuisine

6:00 p.m.

The Barn


Music & Ministry Auditions

Noon - Noon

MVNU Chapel

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Honors ProgramSymposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Work (sURC)

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MVNU holds an annual Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Work (sURC).

The symposium features 20–30 MVNU students who present their research or creative work to the campus community in a conference-style event in the Jetter School of Business. These brief sessions allow students to articulate their goals and results, as well as take questions from the audience about their projects. A reception is held prior to the opening session of the evening.

All students are invited to apply to participate in sURC. MVNU faculty will review all applications, and applicants will be notified about their status in a timely manner. Preference will be given to students based on seniority and participation in an independent study course, a departmental capstone or senior project course, or a coordinated research project completed off campus. Student presentations are fifteen minutes long, with a five minute Q&A following each presentation. Students may apply and present in small groups of four or less. Students may also incorporate performances, videos, etc. into the presentation, but everything must fit within the allotted fifteen minutes.

sURC is sponsored by the office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Honors Program, and the university's academic schools and deans.

If a student’s sURC research/project involves the use of human subjects, MVNU's IRB should be contacted so that the students can be helped through the application process for approval. The initial contact should be with Dr. Joyce Miller, IRB Chair ( For even more information, students can visit the IRB website.

"Presenting at sURC helped me end my undergraduate career on a high note. It gave me a large-scale project to put on my resume. Not only was it a project that was important to me, but I was able to incorporate both the skills I learned as an English major and my personal experiences to create something I was incredibly proud to present."

Carley Phillips, '16

For more info

Dr. Brett Wiley
Honors Program Director
740-390-6868, ext. 3515


"My honors coursework taught me how to think critically about relevant issues and to form my opinions by research and conviction. The moments that were most valuable for me were class discussions in Core Conversations and break-out sessions in seminars. The conversation was rich and it would spill over into the cafeteria, the chapel, and the residence hall."

Ashley McIntosh ('15)