The Office of Research and Creative Activity

Fall and Spring Scholars Week 2019-2020

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. Important dates for this academic year's Fall and Spring Scholars Week are as follows.

  • Spring Scholars Week: April 13-17, 2020 (VIRTUAL-ONLY)
  • UPDATE: Due to campus closures amid COVID-19 outbreaks, Spring Scholars Week will take place on a limited, online-only basis. Students may upload papers, posters, or other presentation materials to be hosted on Murray State's Digital Commons. 
  • Deadline for students to submit an abstractMarch 26, 2020 April 10, 2020 by 5PM 
  • View last year's schedule:
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  • Fall Scholars Week: November 16-20, 2020
  • Deadline for students to submit an abstract: October 30, 2020 by 4PM 

2019-2020  Research and Travel Grants

All grant funds for the 2019-2020 year have now been claimed, effective 1-23-20. ORCA is pleased to announce the return of research and travel grants for students mentored by Murray State faculty members.  On August 20, 2019, we will begin to accept proposals for  the 2019-2020 academic year at Murray State's Digital CommonsProposal forms are available to download:

ORCA Research Grant proposal form

ORCA Travel Grant proposal form

2019-2020 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 here. 

  • Deadline for nominations - January 30, 2020
  • Deadline for nominees to submit information - February 13, 2020
  • Award presented at Faculty Recognition Banquet - Thursday, April 16, 2020

19th Annual Posters-at-the-Capitol

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.

Annual Reports