Life of the Scholar-Multidisciplinary Conference

The 23rd Annual Event Featured Presentations by More than 50 GWU Students

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Gardner-Webb University students presented their undergraduate and graduate research recently at the 23rd annual Life of the Scholar-Multidisciplinary Conference (LOTS-MC). More than 50 undergraduate and graduate students participated in the event. Dr. David Yelton, GWU associate provost of the College of Arts and Sciences, gave opening remarks, and GWU President Dr. William M. Downs was the speaker for the joint session.

Since its inception, the conference has allowed students to share their research with the community, stimulate creative thinking, and enhance their resumes with a professional conference credit. The event is hosted by LOTS, an informal but dedicated group of GWU professors and students who work to take experiences from the classroom into the wider community. Dr. Kent Blevins is chair of the LOTS Advisory Board.

The LOTS-MC steering committee includes Dr. June Hobbs, Dr. Shea Stuart, Dr. Don Caudill (graduate presentations chair), Dr. Morgan Soja, Dr. Bruce Moser, Holly Mabry, Hannah Allford, Dr. Meredith Rowe, Jondra Harmon, Mariah Case and Dr. Gayle Casterline. Debbie Hill provided administrative support, and Jordan Turner coordinated the sound and media for the day.

At the end of the day, the Ninth Annual Alfred & Shirley Wampler Caudill Best Graduate Presentation Prize was presented. The Caudill Best Undergraduate Paper Prize will be presented at the annual academic awards ceremony in May.

Finalists for the graduate presentation prize were Harley Burgess, Jessica Garmon, Erin Montgomery, and Cindy Trevisan. The winner receives a plaque and $200. The award was presented to Montgomery by Dr. Sydney Brown, dean for the Gayle Bolt Price School of Graduate Studies and a professor of education. Montgomery, a Doctor of Nursing Practice Student, presented Stall the Fall, a study of fall prevention in older adults. Her mentor was Dr. Yvonne H. Smith, assistant professor of nursing.

Learn more about all of the research presented at the conference