The Office of Research and Creative Activity

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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 noon on March 29 at MSU's Digital Commons: Scholars Week website.

See the live lineup below.

Monday, April 10

  • 10:30 a.m.: Phi Kappa Phi "Love of Learning" Panel, Waterfield Galleries (in Library). Contact: Melony Shemberger.
  • Noon-2 p.m.: Sigma Xi Poster Competition, Curris Center Ballroom. Contact: Marcie Venter and Howard Whiteman.

Tuesday, April 11

  • 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.
  • 5 p.m.: Induction Ceremony for The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Freed Curd Auditorium. Contact: Melony Shemberger.

Wednesday, April 12

  • 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.: Honors College Senior Thesis Presentations - Day One, Waterfield Galleries (in Library). Contact: Jeffrey Osborne and Warren Edminster, Honors College.

Thursday, April 13

  • 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.: Honors College Senior Thesis Presentations - Day Two, Waterfield Galleries (in Library). Contact: Jeffrey Osborne and Warren Edminster, Honors College.
  • 2-5 p.m.: Conservation Biology Service Learning Poster Session, Biology Building Entryway. Contact: Howard Whiteman
  • 3:30-5:30 p.m.: Global Languages Senior Colloquium Q&A Session, Faculty Hall 208. Contact: Roxane Riegler

Friday, April 14

  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Political Science and Sociology Panel, Waterfield Galleries (in Library). Contact: Ihsan Alkhatib

Web, Asynchronous

  • Global Languages Senior Colloquium Presentations Recorded for Online. Contact: Roxane Riegler
  • Senior Nursing Poster Session. Contact: Jessica Naber, Nursing.
  • Images of Reseach Competition. Contact: Dana Statton Thompson, Libraries. Learn more about the Images of Research Competition.

And Beyond!


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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