The Sweet Briar College Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of Undergraduate Scholarship (MARCUS) is devoted exclusively to the scholarship and research activities of undergraduate students. Since the program’s inception in 1999, students from Virginia and the region have presented independent research and creative projects across all academic disciplines. Students may choose to participate in an oral session or a poster session.

MARCUS defines research broadly. The goal is to base projects on critical interpretation of primary material, demonstrate a responsiveness to other work within one’s field(s), and ultimately produce new work.

Faculty advisors ask that abstracts describe the research underlying the work and indicate its format. We make every effort to accommodate the needs of all presenters, and will contact students in the case of a difficulty. When the final project is a creative one, we ask that the presenter make evident the research component underlying the work.

2018 Conference

The 20th annual MARCUS Conference will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at The Florence Elston Inn and Conference Center at Sweet Briar College.

Registration costs are as follows:

  • Sweet Briar students, faculty and staff: Free
  • Student presenters and co-authors: $30
  • Faculty sponsors: $40
  • Auditing guests: $10

Lunch is provided.

Click here to register for MARCUS.

Foam boards will be set up in the poster session area. If you are bringing a poster, please keep in mind that the display panels are 8 feet tall and 3.5 feet wide.

Laptops with PowerPoint software and LCD projectors will be set up in the oral presentation rooms. If you are giving an oral presentation, please bring your slides/visuals on a flash drive formatted for use with PC. We will not have any machines running Mac OS.

If you plan to stay in the area overnight, we recommend our recently renovated Florence Elston Inn, which directly adjoins the Conference Center. For more information or to make reservations, click here.