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The Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium (BigSURS) is coming to Liberty University in April 2018, bringing together schools from the Big South Conference (Liberty’s NCAA Division I athletics conference) as well as schools across Central Virginia to showcase student research and scholarship in various fields of study.

BigSURS is an outgrowth of the Big South Conference’s Academic Consortium and is modeled after the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), the nation’s major national collegiate academic conference.

Events will take place April 13-14, immediately following Research Week, with awards given to outstanding undergraduate research in a number of areas. Presentation formats include posters, oral presentations, performances, and works of art.

Past events have drawn hundreds of entries from approximately 20 institutions. In recent years, Liberty has consistently reaped multiple first place awards. This will be the first time Liberty has hosted the symposium, and it will showcase a number of its facilities for the event, including the Jerry Falwell Library, the Center for Natural Sciences, and the Center for Music and the Worship Arts.

“Providing undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in research-focused events develops skills that will benefit them during their current academic experience and in future academic and professional pursuits,” said Dr. Ronald Hawkins, Liberty’s provost and chief academic officer. “Hosting BigSURS provides an opportunity for Big South students to get to know each other and celebrate, learning from one another.”

For more information, visit the BigSURS 2018 website.

Founded in 1983, the Big South Conference is an exemplary leader in college athletics, dedicated to developing student-athletes through the pursuit of excellence in the classroom, community and field of play. The league’s growing presence as an NCAA Division I athletic conference is made evident by its multitude of athletic accomplishments, innovative marketing and media partnerships, increased television packages and most importantly, its commitment to fostering the academic, personal, social, athletic and leadership development of its student-athletes. Comprised of 10 member institutions (Campbell University, Charleston Southern University, Gardner-Webb University, High Point University, Liberty University, Longwood University, Presbyterian College, Radford University, UNC Asheville and Winthrop University, plus football members Kennesaw State University, Monmouth University and the University of North Alabama) sharing a common geographic region and similar academic values and purposes, the Big South’s remarkable history of achievement is characterized by the league’s 19 championship sports and the profound academic and life successes of its nearly 3,500 student-athletes. The Big South Conference: Where Winners Are Made.

Liberty University, founded in 1971, is the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation, the largest university in Virginia, and the largest Christian university in the world. Located near the Blue Ridge Mountains on more than 7,000 acres in Lynchburg, Va., Liberty offers more than 550 unique programs of study from the certificate to the doctoral level. More than 250 programs are offered online. Liberty’s mission is to train Champions for Christ with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for impacting tomorrow’s world.

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