December 2, 2013 - Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will host the 21st Annual Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference (BRURC) March 14-15, 2014.

The conference invites undergraduate students from institutions throughout the Southern Appalachian region to present their research projects in a high-quality, low-pressure forum at minimal cost. Faculty members and undergraduate students are encouraged to attend. Students may present their projects in either a paper presentation or a poster presentation format.

The conference keynote speaker will be Dr. Earl J. Hess, the Stewart W. McClelland Chair of History at LMU. He completed his B.A. and M.A. degrees in history at Southeast Missouri State University. His Ph.D. was awarded by Purdue University in 1986. He has taught at a number of institutions, including the University of Georgia, Texas Tech University and the University of Arkansas. He has been at LMU since 1989.

Hess has published nearly 20 books, more than 20 articles and over 100 book reviews. He is widely recognized as a leading scholar and author on Civil War history. Among his recent Civil War publications are "Kennesaw Mountain—Sherman, Johnston, and the Atlanta Campaign," "The Knoxville Campaign—Burnside and Longstreet in East Tennessee" and "The Civil War in the West—Victory and Defeat from the Appalachians to the Mississippi."

Conference registration is available online at There is a $30 fee to attend the conference, payable by credit card online. Interested attendees may also visit the conference website at for more information. If you are student wishing to present your research at the conference, you will need to submit the presentation abstract (available online at for consideration.

Deadline for submitting abstracts for presentations is February 1, 2014. General conference registrations will be accepted up to and on the day of the conference.

Paper presentations will be grouped by discipline. Students should be prepared to present for 15 minutes with a five minute question period. Presentations should be made orally with PowerPoint or other visual aids used. Students should come prepared for a professional meeting and be in business attire. A designated area will be available at the conference site for poster presentations.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at

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Caption: Dr. Earl J. Hess.

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