Centenary College Academic Research Conference

Wednesday, April 14 and Thursday, April 15, 2021

Each year Centenary students and faculty present their best works of exploration and invention at our annual Research Conference. A community event for over 20 years, the Research Conference is modeled on long-standing academic traditions of conference-based information sharing and feedback.

The 2021 Research Conference is sponsored by the Douglas F. and Marion S. Attaway Foundation, and is made possible with the support of Centenary’s Convocation Committee, the Office of the Provost, and the Student Government Association.

This year’s Research Conference was organized by Dr. Scott Chirhart (Biology), Dr. Jeanne Hamming (English), Dr. Cory Wikan (Music), Dr. Jessica Alexander (Psychology), and Logan Sledge (Theatre). Wednesday’s kickoff event, screening of the documentary, Picture a Scientist and a “Women in Science” panel discussion was organized by Anna Leal (Biology). This event takes place on Wednesday, April 14 at 7-8pm. Special thanks to Jeremy Johnson for his graphic design skills and to Patty Roberts and Connie Whittington for their support.

Generous thanks to our judges:

  • Trek Presentations: Anna Leal, Ed Ragan, and Kennedy Wilcher
  • Poster Presentations: Joshua Lawrence, Skippy Jennings, and Jeffery Evans
  • Humanities Oral Presentations: David Cowles and Lisa Nicoletti
  • Social Science Oral Presentations: Chad Fulwider and Loren Demerath
  • Natural Science Oral Presentations: Rebecca Murphy, Jarret Richardson, and Jeffrey Evans
  • Visual and Performing Arts: Emily Feazel (Designer of Exhibits and Special Events, RW Norton Art Gallery) and Kelly McDade (Artist and Art Professor, BPCC); Theatre: Seth Taylor and Jared Watson; Music: Crozet Duplantier and Rebekah Burcham
  • Creative Writing: Jeanne Hamming, Ashley Havird, David Havird, Jeff Hendricks, Shannon Palmer, Ashley Rulo, and Steve Shelburne
  • Website and online program updates: Candace Metoyer

Winners from this year’s Research Conference will be presented with awards at the Annual Honors Convocation, Friday, May 7 at 5:15pm in the Gold Dome.


Wednesday, April 14

Panel Discussion: Women in Science

7:00-8:00 PM

(Companion event to virtual screening of Picture a Scientist)

Centenary’s panel discussion following the virtual screening of Picture a Scientist features Charity Morgan, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham;; Darby Proctor, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Florida Institute of Technology; and Audrey Stone, Ph.D., Director of the Autonomic Control of Circulation Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin.

Register here.

Thursday, April 15

8:30 AM -11:30 AM: Trek 116 Presentations

A. Professors Ciocchetti, Hicks, Weeks
B. Professors Alexander, Bieler, and Hamming
C. Professors Demerath and Leithauser
D. Professors Glaros and Laffey

9:00 AM -10:00 AM SESSION 1

A. Humanities (HIST Group Presentation)
B. Posters

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM SESSION 2

A. Humanities
B. Social Sciences (PSC Panel 1)
C. Natural Sciences

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM SESSION 3

A. Humanities I (HIST Panel 1)
B. Humanités II (FREN Group Presentation)
C. Social Sciences (PSC Panel 2)

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM SESSION 4

A. Humanities (HIST Panel 2)
B. Social Sciences
C. CLC 1

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM SESSION 5

A. Humanities (HIST Panel 3)
B. Social Sciences (SMIF & ECON)
C. CLC 2

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Visual and Performing Arts

  • Theatre
  • Creative Writing-Finalists for Buckner and Smith Prizes
  • Music
  • Visual Arts


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