The Office of Research and Creative Activity

page last modified on 4/06/2023

Spring Scholars Week 2023

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.

Scholars Week will take place on April 10-14, 2023. Submissions are due by end of day on March 29 at MSU's Digital Commons: Scholars Week website.

Download a copy of the event schedule here.

2022-2023 Research and Travel Grants (Now Closed)

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 16, 2022 for the 2022-2023 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. UPDATE: As of November 10th, we closed applications for the 2022-23 academic year. Please check back at the start of the Fall 2023 semester for a new round to begin!

Updated proposal forms are available to download:

2022-2023 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 27, 2023
  • Deadline for nominees to submit information - February 10, 2023
  • Award presented at Faculty Recognition Banquet (tentative) - Thursday, April 13, 2023

21st Annual Posters-at-the-Capitol

Posters-at-the-Capitol is a showcase of 96+ 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 2, 2023
  • Deadline for submission of student abstracts was Dec. 12, 2022
  • Official acceptance and regrets will arrive no later than Jan. 20, 2023 

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