ATLANTA – Mercer University’s 11th annual Atlanta Research Conference will take place virtually on April 10, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., to showcase research by students and faculty from the Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus and Regional Academic Centers.

“The annual Mercer Atlanta Research Conference showcases outstanding student and faculty research projects. The conference highlights the excellent quality and breadth of the research programs on the Atlanta campus and demonstrates Mercer’s expanding research focus,” said Dr. Wayne Glasgow, senior vice provost for research.

Following an opening ceremony, student showcase presentations will take place, highlighting the varied student research projects occurring across colleges and disciplines. In addition, professional development seminars covering important topics and best practices for engaging in research at Mercer will be held. Finally, the conference will include a book discussion forum that explores how relevant research findings can be applied to scholarship across the various disciplines at Mercer.

All sessions throughout the day will be open to both faculty and students, with registration required via Zoom.

Additionally, this year’s Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Student Research Award will be presented to Jordan Beasley, a graduate student in the College of Professional Advancement’s counseling program. The award, which includes a $250 cash prize, recognizes a student or students who best incorporate the use of the University Libraries’ collections and services and demonstrate active critical thinking. Beasley will give a student showcase presentation, titled “Establishing a School Counselor Program Evaluation Taxonomy: Where We Are and Where We’re Going.”

Presenters will represent the College of Professional Advancement, College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing, College of Health Professions, School of Theology, School of Business and College of Education.

Dr. Cameron Miller, associate professor of psychology and chair of the Department of Human Services and Psychology in the College of Professional Advancement, has coordinated the conference since 2016.

“We have more than 100 total posters and presentations for this year’s conference representing the wide array of research and scholarship happening across disciplines at the Regional Academic Centers and Atlanta campus,” said Dr. Miller. “This conference continues to be a great platform for bringing together faculty and students alike to share their research activities.”

This year’s conference planning committee, chaired by Dr. Miller, included: Dr. Erin Lepp in the College of Health Professions; Dr. Nadar Moniri in the College of Pharmacy; Dr. Robert Helfenbein in the College of Education; Stephanie Miranda and Kim Eccles in the Swilley Library; Dr. Arnab Nayak in the School of Business; and Dr. Morgan Kiper Riechel, Dr. Wesley Barker, Dr. Laurie Lankin, Dr. Kevin Williams, Dr. Vik Baskaran, Dr. Awatef Ben Ramadan, Ming Hii, and Dr. Dina Schwam in the College of Professional Advancement.

For more information, visit www.mercer.edu/discovery-and-innovation/atlanta-research-conference/, or contact Dr. Miller at miller_c@mercer.edu.

Kyle is the director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he coordinates hometown and university news releases and serves as editor of the News@Mercer e-newsletter and Reach magazine.​