Dr. Rae Linda Brown Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects Showcase

May 10, 2024

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About Dr. Rae Linda Brown

Dr. Rae Linda Brown

PLU’s annual celebration of undergraduate student work is named in honor of Dr. Rae Linda Brown, PLU Professor of Music and former Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. During her brief tenure as PLU’s provost, Dr. Brown launched the first campus wide Undergraduate Research Symposium in 2017. After her passing in August 2017, the symposium was renamed the Dr. Rae Linda Brown Undergraduate Research Symposium, and in 2022 the name was updated to the Dr. Rae Linda Brown Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects Showcase. Dr. Brown believed deeply in the importance of faculty-mentored student research, and especially in the benefits of students engaging in this work early in their undergraduate careers.

About the Research and Creative Projects Showcase

Presenting at the showcase provides an opportunity for you to share your research or creative work to an audience of peers, professors, and community members while gaining invaluable professional experience in a supportive setting. Bringing together projects from across campus allows students to engage with and learn from each other about a broad range of topics.

Formal presentations are great experiences to include on resumes and graduate school applications.

Students of all undergraduate class standings are encouraged to participate. In fact, research shows that involvement in faculty-mentored projects early in an undergraduate career has many benefits, such as helping students explore an area of study or future career path that interests them and gaining invaluable hands-on experience and organizational skills. The connections made with faculty mentors will not only enhance your undergraduate experience, they will likely extend well beyond your time at PLU.

Students interested in presenting at the showcase will submit an abstract or artistic statement of their work (a short summary) along with the name of one faculty advisor who mentors the project. The online abstract/artistic statement submission form will be open January 2, 2024. Submissions are due March 22, 2024 (11:59 pm). This extended window for submissions allows students to submit projects they have completed during the Fall semester in addition to projects that may develop in J-term and/or Spring.