ATLANTA – Mercer University’s 12th annual Atlanta Research Conference will take place on Saturday, March 26, 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.

The opening ceremony will include the presentation of student research awards and a keynote address. Following, there will be poster presentations and concurrent speaker sessions throughout the rest of the conference, concluding at 3 p.m. All events will be held in the Atlanta Administration and Conference Center. The conference is free to attend and open to all Mercer faculty, students and staff.

The conference’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Ruschelle Leone, a research assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Behavioral Sciences within the School of Public Health at Georgia State University.

The overarching aim of Dr. Leone’s research program is to inform and develop evidence-based intervention programming to reduce alcohol-related sexual and intimate partner aggression. Dr. Leone’s research has been funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the Department of Defense and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 

Additionally, the Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Student Research Awards will be presented to the two students whose research submissions best incorporate the use of the University Library’s collections and services and demonstrate active critical thinking, with first place receiving a $300 cash prize.

Presenters will represent the College of Professional Advancement, College of Pharmacy, College of Health Professions, School of Medicine, 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.

“It’s inspiring to see the wide array of research and scholarship happening across disciplines at the Regional Academic Centers and Atlanta campus,” said Dr. Miller. “We’re excited to return to our first face-to-face conference since 2019, as this conference serves as a great platform to bring 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, Florence Tang and Kim Eccles in the Swilley Library, Dr. Arnab Nayak in the College of Business and Dr. Morgan Kiper Riechel, Dr. Zipa Vokhiwa, 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 the Atlanta Research Conference webpage or contact Dr. Miller at