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2015 Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Social Research Conference (MAUSRC)

Thank you for attending the 35th Annual Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Social Research Conference (MAUSRC) on Friday, April 24, 2015.  For the third consecutive year, this conference was held on our campus and sponsored by the Department of Sociology & Criminology.  Check out this press release about the conference!


Keynote address by Kenneth C. Tsang ‘13

We look forward to seeing you on Friday, April 24th for the 35th Annual Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Social Research Conference (MAUSRC) at Villanova University.

We are honored to be able to host the conference for the third consecutive year.  We are pleased to welcome students and faculty from fifteen schools: Albright College, Cheyney University, Drexel University, Eastern University, Elizabethtown College, Haverford College, Immaculata University, Le Moyne College, Neumann University, Susquehanna University, Swarthmore College, Temple University, University of Delaware, Widener University, and York Country Day School (affiliated with York College).  We commend the 70 students who will be presenting their research and appreciate the time and energy that students, staff, and faculty have dedicated to making this conference a success.

The conference will begin with an opening reception and registration at 10:00am in the LoBiondo Atrium in Bartley Hall.  The President of Villanova University, Rev. Peter M. Donohue, will offer welcome remarks at 10:30am in Bartley 1011, which will be followed by keynote speaker Kenny Tsang ‘13 (Villanova graduate and researcher at the National Association of Colleges and Employers).  Prior to the first Panel Session, Jessica Flynn -- a current student at Villanova University and presenter at this year’s conference -- will kick off an interactive activity that will help student presenters get to know each other and feel more while presenting their research.  We anticipate that you will join us for the entirety of the conference, from 10:00am until 4:30pm.   


Here is what students shared about their experience at the 2014 MAUSRC:

"It was a great opportunity to see what other students are researching and to exchange ideas.  It also gave me the chance to get over my fear of presenting at a conference.”

“It was fun and a great learning experience for me.”

There is no fee to register or participate in the conference.  Student presenters and their faculty or staff project advisors will be treated to an opening reception and lunch.  

Don’t miss out on this valuable opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with other young scholars across the region!   You are welcome to check out highlights from previous conferences, including the 2014 MAUSRC and 2013 MAUSRC


Please note: schedule and room assignments are preliminary and subject to change.  

All events will take place in Bartley Hall - building #3 on this campus map

10:00am                 Registration / Opening Reception (Lobiondo Atrium, 1st Floor)
10:30am                   Welcome Remarks by Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., Ph.D., President, Villanova University (Bartley 1011)
10:45am                  Keynote Speech by Kenneth C. Tsang ‘13, Research Associate, National Association of Colleges and Employers (Bartley 1011)
11:10am                     Student Meet & Greet - led by Jessica Flynn, VU Class of 2015 (Lobiondo Atrium)
11:45am-12:55pm Panel Session I*  
1:00pm-2:00pm       Lunch
1:00pm-2:30pm           Poster Session (Nydick Family Commons, 1st Floor)
2:05pm-3:15pm        Panel Session II*
3:25pm-4:30pm         Panel Session III*

*Panel Session rooms (in Bartley):
on ground level- 033, 024
on 2nd floor- 2072, 2073, 2074
-additional rooms may be added
-specific room assignments for panel sessions will be announced the week of the conference

Please feel free to refer to this map and directions to assist you with getting to and around campus.  All events will take place in Bartley Hall.  Please park in the main/visitors lot off of Lancaster Avenue/US-30 as we have made arrangements with the parking office that no cars in that lot will be ticketed.

Please let us know if you plan on coming to Villanova University in a larger vehicle, such as a van or bus, as we will need to make arrangements with the parking office in advance.

We will have coffee and tea available beginning at 9:30am in the Atrium (1st Floor) of Bartley Hall.   

In the January 2015 edition of Footnotes (a publication of the American Sociological Association) Rena Zito (Elon University) noted that students that participate in undergraduate research conferences experience a boost in confidence, while also gaining an understanding of how their own research fits into a larger context.  Here are a few noteworthy excerpts from the article:

There are important professional and personal benefits for students and faculty, as well as institutions, when undergraduates present at regional and national conferences. Providing outlets for students to share their work with a wider audience is transformative for students, potentially rewarding for faculty, and a smart investment for colleges and universities.

Even our most engaged, motivated, and bright students often view required research projects as relevant only within the walls of the classroom. Feedback feels like a private conversation between the student and instructor or, at best, between the student, the instructor, and classmates. Even campus-wide research events and undergraduate-focused conferences--while providing opportunities to cultivate professionalism and share with a broader audience--can feel like they take place within a bubble, separate from “real” sociology.

Presenting at a regional or national conference is an invitation to students to step outside the institutional bubble. They can interact with new ideas that are not constrained within a classroom and see how their own research fits into the larger sociological project. Conferences are also venues for professional identity formation as students make difficult decisions about what comes after graduation. They are treated, and come to think of themselves, as burgeoning professionals in the conference setting. The social capital benefits cannot be understated, too, with ample networking opportunities that are typically closed to undergraduates. In addition, they accumulate human capital as they learn how to network and practice professional self-presentation.

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