Annual Research Symposium History and Archive

In the past five years, the Undergraduate Research Symposiums organized by TCUR chair, Dr. Shaila Khan, and TCUR co-chair, Dr. Santanu Banerjee (chair, Department of Physics) have been quite successful. Tougaloo College held its First Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at Tougaloo College on April 10-11, 2003. The participants were from the Natural Science Division, Social Science Division, Education Division and Humanities Division. There were seven papers submitted for oral presentations and ten papers for poster presentations. Participating departments included Biology, Economics, Education, English, Fine Arts, History, Music and Psychology. In 2004, the Symposium became an annual collaboration of Tougaloo College and Mississippi College, and includes student researchers from other institutions in Mississippi. The two colleges alternate hosting the Symposium on their campuses.

The first Tougaloo College-Mississippi College Joint Undergraduate Research Symposium was held at Tougaloo College on April 15-16, 2004, under the joint leadership of Dr. Shalia Khan, Dr. Santanu Banerjee and Dr. David Magers, Faculty Forum Committee chairman of Mississippi College. Dr. Magers is a professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Mississippi College. There were 28 oral and 35 poster presentations from the Natural Science, Social Science, Education and Humanities Divisions. Tougaloo departments and programs that were represented included Biology, Chemistry, Mass Communication, Computer Science, Economics, Education, English, Journalism, Pre-Law, Psychology, and Physics. Students from both Mississippi College and Tougaloo College, by jointly participating in this educational forum, opened the door to achieve the collaborative mission of both institutions.

In 2005, the Second Annual Mississippi College–Tougaloo College Joint Undergraduate Research Symposium was held at Mississippi College on March 17-18, under the joint leadership of Dr. Magers and Dr. Khan. In addition to Mississippi College and Tougaloo College, the other institutions that were invited to participate were: Belhaven College, Millsaps College, Rust College, Alcorn State University and Jackson State University. There were 21 oral and 24 poster presentations from Tougaloo College alone at the Second Annual Joint Symposium. Participating Tougaloo departments were: Art, Biology, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Education, Economics, English, and Psychology.

The Third Annual Tougaloo College–Mississippi College Joint Undergraduate Research Symposium was held at Tougaloo College on March 30- 31, 2006. The two-day symposium provided an opportunity for the undergraduate students in our regional institutions to present original research and ideas in a conference format. This symposium also provided an accessible forum for our undergraduate students, across disciplines, to showcase and promote some of the exemplary research that students conduct. In addition to the five institutions that were invited to participate in 2005, invitations were extended to two more Mississippi institutions: Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi. There were 53 poster and 44 paper presentations. This event was organized to highlight research being done at nine institutions and to promote faculty and student collaborations between these institutions. For the first time, there were poster and paper competitions, and winners were given monetary rewards.

In 2007, the Fourth Annual Mississippi College-Tougaloo College Undergraduate Research Symposium was held March 22-23 at Mississippi College. Participants from Tougaloo College, Mississippi College, Mississippi State University, Jackson State University, the University of Southern Mississippi, Belhaven College, Millsaps College, and the University of Mississippi showcased a total of 100 presentations. Of the 72 poster presentations, Tougaloo College students displayed 28. In addition, Tougaloo College students delivered 18 of the 28 oral presentations. This year, a group of 12 first-year Honors Program students participated in the symposium, as well. Students were also awarded for their poster and oral presentations.