The Office of Research and Creative Activity

page last modified on 04/29/2022

Spring Scholars Week 2022

During a designated week each semester, the Murray State community is encouraged to interact with showcases of academic and creative endeavors from our undergraduate and graduate students.

Monday, April 11

  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Panel, Waterfield Galleries (in Library). Contact: Melony Shemberger, PKP.
  • Noon-2 p.m.: Sigma Xi Poster Competition, Curris Center Ballroom, 3rd Floor. Contact Marcie Venter, Earth and Environmental Sciences & Gary ZeRuth, Biological Sciences.
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Telling It Slant: Works in Creative Nonfiction - Day One. Waterfield Galleries (in Library). Students: Dionte Berry, Libby Gerdes, Lori Rogers, Morgan Tinin, Emery Wainscott, Sydney Dunn. Contact: Carrie Jerrell, English.

Tuesday, April 12

  • 9:35-10:45 a.m.: Psychology Department Showcase: In-Process Projects, Waterfield Galleries (in Library). Contact: Tracey McCue, Psychology.
  • 11 a.m.-12:05 p.m.: Psychology Department Showcase: Completed Projects, Waterfield Galleries (in Library). Contact: Tracey McCue, Psychology.
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Phi Alpha Theta Colloquium, Waterfield Galleries (in Library). Contact: Eleanor Rivera, History.

Wednesday, April 13

  • 8 a.m.-afternoon: Watershed Symposium Institute Symposium in the Curris Center, Barkley Room. Contact: Howard Whiteman, Biological Sciences. 
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Telling It Slant: Works in Creative Nonfiction - Day Two. Waterfield Galleries (in Library). Students: Sarah Black, Kathleen Finklea, Danica Fuerst, Kiersten Holland, Jullian Morman. Contact: Carrie Jerrell, English.
  • 8:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. / 2:30-5:15 p.m.: Honors College Senior Thesis Presentations - Day One, Waterfield Galleries (in Library). Contact: Jeffrey Osborne & Warren Edminster, Honors College. Download presentation schedule here.

Thursday, April 14

Friday, April 15

  • 5-7:30 p.m.: Studio Art Senior Artist Gallery Talks & Reception - Round One, Clara M. Eagle Gallery, Price Doyle Fine Arts 6th Floor. Learn more information. Contact: T. Michael Martin, Art & Design. 

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2021-2022  Research and Travel Grants

ORCA is pleased to announce the return of research and travel grants for students mentored by Murray State faculty members. We began accepting proposals on August 17, 2021 for the 2021-2022 academic year at Murray State's Digital Commons for new research grants. We will accept travel grant proposals year-round, as long as funds are available. Individual students may be awarded up to $1000 in research grants and $800 in travel support grants during an individual academic year. NOTICE: Proposal acceptance for the 2021-2022 academic year is now closed as of April 28, 2022. We hope to open a new round of grants during the first week of Fall 2022 classes. Thank you!

Proposal forms are available to download:

2021-2022 University Distinguished Mentor Award (UDMA) 

The Office of Provost, in conjunction with the Office of Research and Creative Activity, is please to present the University Distinguished Mentor Award. This annual award will be presented to a member of Murray State's Faculty, nominated by their peers, in recognition of extraordinary efforts in the area of student mentoring, which is understood as a sustained partnership of mutual concern significantly fostering students’ intellectual, ethical and academic development above and beyond expectations of even excellent advising and teaching. Read more about the award and guidelines

  • Deadline for nominations - January 28, 2022
  • Deadline for nominees to submit information - February 11, 2022
  • Award presented at Faculty Recognition Banquet (tentative) - Thursday, April 14, 2022


Posters-at-the-Capitol is a showcase of 120+ unique scholarly efforts led by undergraduate students from each state-funded university in the Commonwealth. During the one-day event, students present their faculty-mentored projects to those responsible for crafting higher education policy in Kentucky.  This event is proudly hosted by Murray State University.

  • Posters-at-the-Capitol is tentatively scheduled for March 3, 2022
  • Deadline for submission of student abstracts was Dec. 12, 2021
  • Official acceptance and regrets will arrive no later than Jan. 21, 2022 

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