LMU Announces Winners of Virtual Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference


Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) held the 2021 Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference (BRURC) virtually April 5-9. Undergraduate students from institutions throughout the Southern Appalachian region submitted videos of their research presentations which were posted on the LMU website and topics included body image, video gaming, ticks and termites, self-esteem and social media influences, just to name a few. 


The BRURC models a professional conference and provides an important venue for students to gain valuable experience presenting the results of their work and celebrating their scholarship. The projects ranged from hypothetical to applied and included fields ranging from arts, humanities and languages to the health, nature and computer sciences.


“Career exploration, critical thinking, problem-solving, presenting and defending one’s own work, and producing new knowledge represent only a few of the numerous benefits students gain from engaging in research,” said Dr. Adam Rollins, dean of the School of Mathematics and Sciences. “Through this scholarship of discovery, they build transferable skills that enhance their ability to succeed in advanced studies and their career fields.”


Through interacting with their peers and professors from across the region, students gain an appreciation for the importance of communicating the results of their work and the benefits of building a collaborative network of colleagues. The event was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic and this year was the first time it has been held online.


“We weren’t sure what to expect in moving the conference to a virtual format, but we were pleasantly surprised by the students who were so appreciative to have an avenue to showcase their projects,” said Carolyn Gulley, executive director of the Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs. “We received presentations that were well put together and we were very pleased with the response to submit work online.”

Presentations will remain on the LMU site through the summer at https://www.lmunet.edu/orgsp/blue-ridge-conference.php.


“Watching these videos is a great way to be encouraged by students who are plugging in, learning to adapt to changing circumstances and presenting some great scholarly work,” Gulley said.


Winners were selected on April 9 and are as follows:


Allied Health
First Place Poster - Sadie Pittman - Lincoln Memorial University
First Place Oral - C. Angelica Barnett - Lincoln Memorial University
Second Place Poster - Natalie Monroe - Lincoln Memorial University

Humanities / Arts / Language
First Place Poster - Mykaela Chaffin - Eastern Kentucky University
First Place Oral - Laura Kimzey - Bluefield College
Second Place Poster - Jesse Day - Eastern Kentucky University
Second Place Oral - Jennifer Gambrel - Lincoln Memorial University
Third Place Poster - Tie: Brandi Mills and Jami Fisher - Eastern Kentucky University
Third Place Oral - Samantha Smith - Eastern Kentucky University

Mathematics / Computer Science
First Place Poster - Ethan Nusso - East Tennessee State University

Natural Life Science
First Place Poster - Emily Roark - Lincoln Memorial University
First Place Oral - Tyra Sanchez - Lincoln Memorial University
Second Place Poster - Dakota Topp - Mars Hill University
Second Place Oral - Giselle Ghabussi - Lincoln Memorial University
Third Place Poster - Kayla Hammer - Lincoln Memorial University
Third Place Oral - Joseph Serrenho - Lincoln Memorial University

First Place Poster - Thomas Morris - Eastern Kentucky University
First Place Oral - Lindsey Nangle - King University
Second Place Poster - Saul Barrera - Union College
Second Place Oral - Maya Houston - King University
Third Place Poster - Kammey Powers - Union College
Third Place Oral - Kaitlyn Hornbeck - King University

Social Sciences
First Place Oral - Mahalia Cain - Lindsey Wilson College


Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423.869.6280 or email at admissions@LMUnet.edu.

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