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Interdisciplinary Research Conference

A Celebration of Scholarship

The Interdisciplinary Research Conference was developed to recognize the scholarship of students and faculty in all disciplines. It provides our undergraduate and graduate students and faculty with the opportunity to present their scholarly work to the campus community.

Here, “research” in this context is interpreted as any scholarly or creative activity ranging from scientific experimentation to artistic expressions, service-learning, literary criticism, or case study designs. As such, students and faculty from all disciplines are welcomed as participants. Through our conference, we seek to facilitate the exchange of ideas among all fields of inquiry, encourage scholarly investigation, and foster the educational function of research, broadly defined.

For more information about the Interdisciplinary Conference, contact Dr. David Compton, professor of psychology or Marcus Braziel, director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. 


2015-2016 Interdisciplinary Research Conference

Keynote speaker: Dr. Justin D. Barnard '96, Union University in Jackson, Tennessee

PBA alumnus Dr. Justin D. Barnard, associate dean in the Institute for Intellectual Discipleship and associate professor of philosophy in the Honors Community at Union University will speak at the annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference on “Moral Complicity and Human Embryonic Stem Cell Use.”

In the area of bioethics, Barnard is the primary instructor and designer of a course in pharmacy ethics for second-year students in Union's School of Pharmacy. He has spoken at other meetings and events across the country, including the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

 Dr. Barnard's presentation

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2014-2015 Interdisciplinary Research Conference

Keynote speaker: Dr. Kimberly J. Reich, Texas A&M University at Galveston

Dr. Kimberly J. Reich, an assistant research scientist with the Department of Marine Biology at Texas A&M University at Galveston, spoke at the annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference on "Courage, Faith and Succeeding in Academia: Insights from my Experiences."

Reich, the director of the Trophic Ecology and Sea Turtle Research Lab at Texas A&M, earned a bachelor's degree in biology in 1998 from PBA before studying at Texas A&M for her master's. She holds a doctorate from the University of Florida.

 Dr. Reich's presentation

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2013-2014 Interdisciplinary Research Conference

Keynote speaker: Dr. Sam Joeckel, Palm Beach Atlantic University

Samuel Joeckel, Ph.D., is an associate professor of English and a professor in the Supper Honors Program at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Joeckel has been with PBA since 2002. Joeckel has written on a wide range of subjects, including eighteenth-century British literature, C.S. Lewis, humor theory, Christian higher education, and disability studies.

He is the author of The C.S. Lewis Phenomenon: Christianity and the Public Sphere (Mercer University Press). He is co- editor of The Christian College Phenomenon: Inside America’s Fastest Growing Institutions of Higher Learning (Abilene Christian University Press).

Dr. Joeckel's presentation                   

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2012-2013 Interdisciplinary Research Conference

Keynote speaker: Dr. Terri Bowers Hunter '94, University of South Florida. 

Terri Hunter, Ph.D., is the licensing manager of the Division of Patents and Licensing for the University of South Florida. She is responsible for managing life science technologies from initial disclosure through licensing and the maintenance of the license. Prior to joining the Division of Patents and Licensing, Hunter worked as a Research Scientist at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. At Moffitt, Hunter performed translational research focused on cancer vaccines and combination therapies for cancer. She has also served as a DNA analyst/expert witness for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Dr. Bower's presentation 

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