SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Mercer University had a conference-best 39 student presentations at the sixth annual SoCon Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF), held Oct. 14-15 on the campus of Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The University was represented at the two-day event by a total of 49 students who contributed to the 39 oral and poster presentations and art exhibits showcasing the best research and scholarship taking place across Mercer’s undergraduate programs.

Mercer accounted for nearly 35% of all presentations by the 10 Southern Conference member institutions.

“Mercer’s students did an excellent job presenting their research and representing Mercer. The quality and quantity of work was impressive,” said Dr. Kevin Bucholtz, professor of chemistry and director of undergraduate research. “Having so many students presenting from such a breadth of disciplines illustrates the University’s commitment to undergraduate research and the importance of the direct faculty mentoring relationships that are crucial to these projects.”

A full list of presentations is available in the 2022 SoCon Undergraduate Research Forum program.

SURF was designed to bring together undergraduate students presenting their research projects for perhaps the first time via posters or oral presentations. Unlike many collegiate research gatherings, SURF takes place in the fall to attract students who spent their summer months immersed in their research.

A product of the Southern Conference’s Academic Exchange and supervised by a panel of faculty members from each conference institution, SURF welcomes research from the humanities and the arts in addition to the STEM disciplines.

Two students give a poster presentation
Dontavious Jones (left) and Ryan Brownlee give a presentation at the Southern Conference Undergraduate Research Forum.