Research Week 2017 is a multidisciplinary annual event sponsored by The Graduate School, the Center for Research and Scholarship, and the Jerry Falwell Library. This event is designed to highlight excellent research and scholarship produced by Liberty University students. RESEARCH WEEK 2017 SCHEDULE


Review of Research Week 2017

Participants: Over 150 initial applications
  • 126 final presentations (47 posters and 79 oral presentations)
  • 14 schools and colleges represented and 71 programs of study
  • 52 presentations from the School of Health Sciences - most represented school or college
  • 27 presentations from the College of Arts & Sciences - second most represented school or college
  • 14 presentations from the B.S. in Biomedical Sciences - most represented program of study

    Award Winners: presentations were judged by 28 volunteer faculty judges. Winners represented 12 schools and colleges and 41 programs of study
  • 18 first place honors: 10 undergraduate and 8 Graduate
  • 16 second place honors: 9 Undergraduate and 7 Graduate
  • 15 third place honors: 9 Undergraduate and 6 Graduate
  • 4 Liberty Online students won awards

    Research Week 2017

    Submissions will be accepted from both residential and online students (Graduate or Undergraduate) with the approval of faculty sponsor (required). The approval process for your self-selected faculty sponsor is embedded in the submission portal below. Students must submit a proposal using this proposal template through the Research Week submission portal for the following venues. Researchers may compete in physical poster and/or oral presentations as detailed here:

    • A Physical Poster Presentation (Residential or Online Students)

      Print poster presentations must conform to these templates and guidelines for graduate students and undergraduates.

    • An Oral Presentation or Creative Work Presentation (Residential Students)

      PowerPoint presentations must be created following these marketing guidelines and using any of these 16x9 PowerPoint background slides. Presentations should be limited to 15 minutes with an additional 5 minutes for questions and answers.

    • A Remote Oral Presentation (Online Students) Remote presenters must have access to these technological requirements . PowerPoint presentations must be created following these marketing guidelines and using any of these 16x9 PowerPoint background slides. Presentations should be limited to 15 minutes with an additional 5 minutes for questions and answers.

    Submissions will be accepted based on the following five research categories (descriptions provided), and will be judged based on the corresponding rubrics.

    1) Basic
    Research in this area seeks to identify and develop a fundamental research question regarding the nature of one’s field of study (e.g., human behavior or genetic manipulations of E coli). These studies successfully experiment with one or more manipulated variables, then analyze the collected information to answer the research question. Typically, these studies will employ the experimental method and are often conducted in a controlled, laboratory environment.

    2) Applied
    Applied research studies aim to better understand or solve real world problems. They employ quantitative, qualitative, or mixed research designs to answer a research question. These studies often utilize quasi-experimental, correlational, qualitative, or case study research designs and will lead.

    3) Theoretical Proposal
    Theoretical research provides a synthesis of guiding theories and extant empirical literature, artifacts, or other evidence to develop new frameworks for future research. Theoretical proposals may include basic, applied, textual or investigative, creative and artistic research. Research has not been conducted in this category, but suggestions for future areas of research should be included.

    4) Textual or Investigative
    Research that investigates texts, artifacts, and documents without changing any variables. Typically this research critically engages texts, artifacts, or documents to prove a thesis, association, pattern, relationship, or previously unobserved significance. Sample fields may include History, Philosophy, English, Biblical Studies, Humanities, Theology, Journalism, Law, and Government

    5) Creative and Artistic

    Research that discovers and critically evaluates source material in an artistic projects for a public audience. Researchers typically work systematically to create new forms of articulation and expression. Sample fields may include Digital Arts, Worship, Music, Cinematic Arts, FACS, Theater, and Communications.

    Click here watch a video detailing how to prepare a professional poster.

    The following applies if your proposal and presentation product (poster and/or oral) are approved for Research Week 2017. Electronic files of your final poster and/or presentation will need to be submitted through the Submission Management Portal (below) by March 24 for review. You will be scheduled for a time spot based on the following general schedule. Please make sure you will be available to present during these times. Only your abstract will be made available through Digital Commons after Research Week 2017.

    Monday (Apr. 10): 1-4pm (Poster Session)
    Tuesday (Apr. 11): 10am – 4pm (LUO Remote Oral Presentations)
    Wednesday (Apr. 12): 1-4pm (LUO Remote Oral Presentations)
    Tuesday through Friday (Apr. 11-14): 1-4pm (Residential Oral Presentations)


  • Browse the contents of 2017:

    Poster Presentations
    Oral Presentations