Gordon provides unique opportunities for students to work one on one with faculty on innovative research projects. From these mentoring collaborations, students at Gordon have produced papers in peer-reviewed journals, research presentations, art installations, and film features.
Undergraduate Research Symposium Day: Each year in May the Gordon community gathers in the Ken Olsen Science Center for the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. It is the largest gathering of student researchers at Gordon.
THE UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH COUNCIL provides students the opportunity to apply for funding to attend or present at scholarly conferences:
Mission statement of the URC
The Undergraduate Research Council exists to provide the resources for students to gain experience in professional environments through pursuing their academic interests and share their work with the Gordon community.
Why apply for funding from the URC?
The URC encourages students to do research, follow their passions, and present in formal academic conferences. Conferences allow students to appreciate the fruits of their labor and enable them to join the conversation in their discipline. Students can apply for funding from the URC to cover any conference-related costs.
Who can apply for funding from the URC?
Any student who has already or is planning on presenting or attending an academic conference is welcome to apply for funding. There are separate applications for those presenting original research and those simply attending a conference.
For further questions please see our FAQ page or email URC@gordon.edu.
Applications to URC for Conference Funding can be found here:
Conference Presenter Application
Support for students presenting their work at professional regional and national conferences
Conference Attendee Application
Support for students attending professional regional and national conferences
Please note: Applications are due at least two weeks before conference attendance, and should be returned to Joe Iriana, Director of the URC, at mailbox #802.
For questions regarding the URC, please contact Joe Iriana via email at URC@gordon.edu.
Presenting at or attending a conference…
Increases your confidence in your academic discipline
Is a way to meet other students and scholars from your discipline
Is a stepping-stone to publishing your work
Gives you more ideas of possible careers in your discipline
"The Southwest Popular/American Culture conference in Albuquerque, NM was a really enlightening experience. Getting the chance to travel on my own to the other side of the country to present my paper was truly unique, and helped me get a better sense of what life would be like if I remained in academia. I loved listening to the papers that other scholars wrote about (covering subjects from justice in hip-hop to computer culture in the 1970s) and it was fun to engage with them during the conference breaks. Since leaving the conference, I have been seeking out more ways to present more of my work at other conferences--it's a great experience!" - David Hicks, ‘14
“For the past three years, I have been asked the question—and it is not uncommon that I have asked myself—of what I am going to do with my Linguistics degree. My answer has ranged from missionary to translator to professor to researcher to teacher. This summer I had an internship with Bible translators, although I was not doing the translation. Instead, I documented words in the ?are?are language of the Solomon Islands. It was good for me to see the technical side of linguistics and to find that I enjoyed the work, but what deeply intrigued and troubled me was the state of the educational system in the Islands; it took me a until the Foundation for Endangered Languages Conference to realize that interest and to fully acknowledge it. The speakers there presented their work, not only in linguistic research, but in social activism for minority, endangered, and dead languages as well. Many of them have founded organizations to preserve and revitalize language and culture in remote parts of the world. For me, it was helpful and meaningful to see the possibilities that my education from over the past three years can present. If anything, the conference was encouraging, not just because there is something to do with my major, but because there are people who have the same concerns as I do and are trying to better the world because of it.” - Franklin Brown, ‘14