Mercer’s 13th Atlanta Research Conference to showcase student, faculty scholarship

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Atlanta Research Conference attendees look at a poster at the 2022 event. Photo by Jason Braverman

ATLANTA — Mercer University’s 13th annual Atlanta Research Conference will take place 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. April 15 and 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 an opening 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 Administration and Conference Center. The conference is free and open to all Mercer faculty, students and staff.

Dr. Glasgow will provide the conference’s opening address, in which he will discuss the overall importance of research and scholarship among faculty and students at Mercer. Additionally, he’ll discuss current areas of focus, along with future directions of research at Mercer.

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 Libraries’ 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, College of Nursing 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,” Dr. Miller said. “This year, we’re excited to have over 100 poster and talk presentations, 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 in the Swilley Library, Dr. Arnab Nayak in the College of Business, Dr. Sonique Sailsman in the College of Nursing, and Dr. Suneetha Manyam, Dr. Stephen Ruegger, Dr. Awatef Ben Ramadan and Ming Hii in the College of Professional Advancement.

For more information, visit the Atlanta Research Conference webpage or contact Dr. Miller at

About Mercer University

Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. With approximately 9,000 students enrolled in 12 schools and colleges, on major campuses in Macon and Atlanta; medical school sites in Macon, Savannah and Columbus; and at regional academic centers in Henry and Douglas counties, Mercer is ranked among the top tier of national research universities by U.S. News & World Report. The Mercer Health Sciences Center includes the University’s School of Medicine and Colleges of Nursing, Health Professions and Pharmacy. Mercer is affiliated with five teaching hospitals – Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center and Piedmont Macon Medical Center in Macon; Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah; and Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital and St. Francis-Emory Healthcare in Columbus. The University also has an educational partnership with Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins. It operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer Medicine, the clinical faculty practice of the School of Medicine, is based in Macon and operates additional clinics in Sumter, Peach, Clay, Putnam and Harris counties. Mercer is one of only 293 institutions nationwide to shelter a chapter of The Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society; one of eight institutions to hold membership in the Georgia Research Alliance; and the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit