Research Week

Research Week is TU's annual celebration of excellence in research and creative activity.

Towson University Research Week is a university-wide event that celebrates the excellence of research and creative inquiry performed by undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in every discipline. The week of programming includes a keynote speaker, over 200 poster presentations, competitions, receptions and award ceremonies, and peer-led events. 

Dr. Sylvia Trent-Adams, Keynote Speaker

April 17, 6:30 p.m., Howard J. Kaplan Concert Hall

Join us to hear the United States Deputy Surgeon General, Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN discuss her vast career experiences as a researcher and civil servant. Open to the public.

Rear Admiral (RADM) Sylvia Trent-Adams advises and supports the Surgeon General regarding operations of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps and in communicating the best available scientific information to advance the health of the nation. She served as the Chief Nurse Officer of the USPHS from November 2013 through May 2016. In this role, she advised the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the recruitment, assignment, deployment, retention, and career development of Corps nurse professionals.

Research Week 2018 will take place April 16 - April 20, 2018. During this time, there are several opportunities for students to learn about research opportunities and present their own research, and for departments, colleges, and programs to showcase their students’ achievements. 

research week schedule

Research Ice Cream Social

April 16, 8 p.m., Douglass House Multi-Purpose Room

Come for ice cream and meet TU students and young alumni discuss their undergraduate research journeys and offer tips for seeking research opportunities and making the most out of the experience. Dr. Seth Gitter, Department of Economics, will be there to share information about why undergraduate research is one of the most valuable experiences you can have in college no matter what your major. Free t-shirts to all attendees. 

Research Week Keynote Address

April 17, 6:30 p.m., Center for the Arts, Howard J. Kaplan Concert Hall

Throughout her career, RADM Trent-Adams has worked to improve access to care for poor and underserved communities. As a clinician and administrator, she has had a direct impact on building systems of care to improve public health for marginalized populations domestically and internationally. She has published numerous articles, participated in research studies and presented to a variety of domestic and international organizations and professional groups. Prior to joining the USPHS, Trent-Adams – a native of Concord, Va. – was a nurse officer in the U.S. Army. She became a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2014. 


Three Minute Thesis Competition

April 18, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., University Union, Room 305

Hosted by the Office of Graduate Studies, Three Minute Thesis challenges graduate degree candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes.

Research Impact Award & Recognition Luncheon

April 18, 11:30 a.m., By Invitation Only

The inaugural group of Research Impact Award recipients and semi-finalists will be honored at a private event on April 18. This event celebrates the highly-competitive applicant pool, and the impact of the students' research on an significant disciplinary topic and the university's scholarly community.

Research & Creative Inquiry Forum

April 18, 1 - 3 p.m., University Union, Chesapeake Rooms

Don’t miss the multi-disciplinary Forum which will take place on Wednesday, April 18, 1-3 p.m. in the University Union, Chesapeake Rooms. Submit an abstract before April 3 to present a poster. 

Research for Social Change Symposium

April 20, 2 - 5 p.m., Liberal Arts, Room 4110

The Research for Social Change symposium is a multidisciplinary forum highlighting original research by current Towson University undergraduate and graduate students. Student presentations will be thematically related to activism, resistance, and social change, and may discuss discipline-specific approaches to addressing social issues.