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UNCP to host 12th annual PURC Symposium

PURC 2018
Dr. Cathy Marcum

The UNC Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity (PURC) Center will host the 12th annual PURC Symposium, a campuswide celebration of undergraduate research scholarship, creativity, and scholarly entrepreneurship on April 11.

Work presented represents faculty-mentored work of UNCP students. Their research and work has been funded by PURC. The presenting students have taken coursework beyond the classroom and developed ideas alongside a faculty member.

Cathy Marcum, associate professor of Criminal Justice, Department of Government and Justice Studies, Appalachian State University, will give the keynote address, “Are We Really Making a Difference?” Marcum will explore the purpose and intent of research, and if it is truly making a difference.

Registration will be from 8-8:30 a.m. with greetings from UNCP administrators and faculty set to begin at 8:45 am. Undergraduate research and creativity sessions begin at 9 a.m., followed by Dr. Marcum’s keynote presentation at 11:30 a.m. Formal programming concludes at 12:30 p.m. with closing remarks.

Contributions from Duke Energy help make this program possible.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit the PURC Symposium website ( or follow PURC on Twitter (@UNCPPURC).