Berks County Undergrad Research and Creativity Conference

Higher Education Council of Berks County logo, A graphic of a circle with yellow orange red whit a blue color blocks on the outside lining the circle. The inside of the circle is white with the words Higher education council of berks county in black type. The following school names are listed in black type in the same font in a circle lining the outside of the logo. Albright college Alvernia University Kutztown University Reading Area Community College Penn State Berks.
Saturday, April 22, 2023

The annual Berks County Undergraduate Research & Creativity Conference allows students to share their research and creativity with each other and the community.  The conference is open to any undergraduate student seeking an opportunity to share their expertise with other scholars.

Presentation Opportunities:

       Papers, Posters, Visual Art, Performances

Participating students reap such benefits as:

  • Enhance your resume for employment and/or graduate school
  • Showcase your scholarly and creative work
  • Work closely with a faculty mentor
  • Connect with others in your field of interest
  • Observe and learn from other presenters
  • Refine your presentation skills
  • Learn from the keynote speaker

Student abstracts are due by Monday, March 13, 2023, by 4:00 pm.

Presentation Types:

Presentations can be in the form of a paper presentation, poster, artwork, film, or performance.

Paper

Paper presentations may focus on research in academic fields including but not limited to education, social sciences, natural sciences, the humanities, or business. Once your submission has been accepted and you have registered for the conference you will be assigned a room with others who are presenting on a similar subject. Please see the Guidelines and Student Presentation Schedule links for more information. These presentations are 10 minute talks with 5 minutes for questions from the audience. Students are assigned to a group time with other student presenters and are required to stay for the full session which is typically a one hour timeslot of 4 presentations.

Poster

Posters may focus on research in academic fields including but not limited to education, social sciences, natural sciences, the humanities, or business. Participants will mount posters on a poster panel and easel to be viewed by others for two hours. Your time will be confirmed after your submission has been received. Please see the Guidelines and Student Presentation Schedule links for additional information. Students are required to staff their display for the entire session time to be able to explain and answer questions from attendees.

Visual Artwork 

The categories for visual art include but are not limited to ceramics, design, drawing, mixed media, multi-media, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. Visual art will be on display for the entire conference. You are responsible for setting up and removing your own work. The exact location will be confirmed after we receive your slides or URL.  Please see the Guidelines and Student Presentation Schedule links for more details.

Film Presentations

Film presentations are limited to 10 minutes. The exact location and time will be confirmed after we receive your CD or URL. Please see the Guidelines and Student Presentation Schedule links for further information.

Performances

Performances including but not limited to dance, music, poetry, fiction, or dramatic readings will be limited to 10 minutes. Exact time will be confirmed after we receive your creative writing submission, recording, or URL. Please note performance restrictions on the Guidelines page.

Undergraduate students presenting at previous HECBC Research and Creativity conferences.

Alvernia University student discusses his exhibit with a guest.

Undergraduate students presenting at previous HECBC Research and Creativity conferences.

Montgomery County Community College student answers questions about his research during the poster presentation segment.

Undergraduate students presenting at previous HECBC Research and Creativity conferences.

Penn State Berks researcher, answering questions during the poster session.

Undergraduate students presenting at previous HECBC Research and Creativity conferences.

Undergraduate researchers explain their collaboration to interested guests.

Undergraduate students presenting at previous HECBC Research and Creativity conferences.

Robotics researcher providing a demonstration to curious guests.

Undergraduate students presenting at previous HECBC Research and Creativity conferences.

Alvernia University student answers questions from curious guests during a poster session.

Undergraduate students presenting at previous HECBC Research and Creativity conferences.

Albright College undergraduate researcher answers questions from curious attendees about her research.

Professionally dressed Alvernia University student answers questions about his research during the poster presentation segment.
Professionally dressed student discusses his poster presentation.
Professionally dressed Penn State Berks researcher standing in front of her poster, answering questions during the poster session.
Three undergraduate researchers answer questions from onlookers about their researchers. The student on the left is wearing a red oxford shirt; the middle student is wearing a blue oxford shirt, and the student on the right is wearing a green oxford shirt. Their poster is in the center of photo. An adult with two children listen.
In suit a black suit with yellow and blue striped tie, undergraduate student researcher demonstrates small robot with wheels on a table in front of his detailed poster.
Professionally dressed in an oxford shirt and sweater, student researcher  answers questions from curious guest.
Professionally dressed student in cream colored sweater with black polka-dots and black slacks answers explains her research to three guests attending the conference.