Each spring, LCU hosts the Scholars Colloquium, our own scholarly conference where students, faculty, and staff present on work they have done over the past year. Sometimes, a panel is developed that features papers from students who all participated in the same course. Most of the sessions, though, are comprised of presentations from all corners of the campus, allowing for collaborative, interdisciplinary engagement and discussion. While the Scholars Colloquium welcomes a prominent guest speaker each year, it also highlights outstanding work from our own students, as the most accomplished papers are presented at a student plenary lecture on the first day of the conference.
LCU also encourages students and faculty to present student work at regional and national conferences. Our students participate every year at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, and in March of 2015, President Perrin received the following notice from the Executive Office of the Council on Undergraduate Research:
In late 2014, the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) recognized 57 academic institutions for their exemplary participation in the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). We are pleased to inform you that your institution, Lubbock Christian University, is one of these schools. We commend you and your institution for “Leading the Way” and look forward to your continued support of undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activities on your campus and your institution’s continued participation in NCUR.
While we have encouraged participation in NCUR since 2010, our students have also presented regularly at venues such as the National History Conference, the National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference, and the annual Texas Tech Undergraduate Research Conference.
Writing an Abstract
A research abstract is a brief summary of the research project. Usually, the abstract includes a problem statement, a methodology, results of the study, and a conclusion. Separately, a bibliography provides the sources used for your literature review.
Abstracts are required for both posters and presentations. To request funding to attend a state or national conference, you must apply through the LCU's Office of Undergraduate Research.