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2017 Undergraduate Conference: Claim Your Curiosity

Do you have a research project for a course that you are particularly proud of? Want to share it with the campus?

We invite you to submit your work to the Middle Georgia State University Undergraduate Conference as part of the Undergraduate Showcase.

The conference will take place on the Macon campus on April 14-15, 2017 and in Cochran on April 13.

Official Undergraduate Conference Program

How to Submit

For consideration submit your 150 word poster or essay abstract to Dr. Shane Trayers by March 3, 2017. Email Dr. Trayers at


E-mail: Dr. Shane Trayers:
Dr. Sheree’ Keith:

For Faculty

The Undergraduate Conference welcomes complete panel submissions from courses taught within the last year.

If you would like to submit a panel of your students for inclusion include the student names, paper titles and emails of student presenters to Dr. Trayers:

The faculty member will typically moderate the panel at the conference. If you are unable to attend we will find a faculty volunteer to moderate so please let us know

2017 Undergraduate Conference Speakers:

Spencer Barron, Retired FBI Agent

Spencer Barron

Spencer Barron is a retired Special Agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. During his career he investigated numerous incidents of violent crime such as homicides, sexual assaults, and police use of force investigations. He has presented in the U.S and Europe on various topics including crime scene processing, death investigation, and blood pattern analysis. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia, Mercer University, and the National Forensic Academy.

Becca Balmes, Artist

Becca Balmes

Becca Balmes is an artist and creative entrepreneur. The small arts business she runs with her husband, [&] ampersand arts llc, expanded in Spring 2016 into a thriving artists' guild housed in a large downtown Macon warehouse the Balmeses renovated themselves. This location is called the [&] Guild Hall, a place for the creative community to meet and work together in an effort to develop sustainable creative careers in the Middle GA area. This project is the fulfillment of many passions for Becca, bridging her personal artistic career as a painter with her innate entrepreneurial drive and years of experience in administration and program development for educational, legal, non-profit, and corporate employers. Becca is also the mother of 4 children and is active in her community, currently serving on the board of the arts non-profit Pulse.

Tina Whittle, Mystery Writer

Tina Whittle

Tina Whittle’s Tai Randolph/Trey Seaver mysteries—featuring intrepid gunshop owner Tai and her corporate security agent partner Trey—have garnered starred reviews in Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal. Published by Poisoned Pen Press, this Atlanta-based series debuted with The Dangerous Edge of Things, followed by Darker Than Any Shadow, Blood, Ash and Bone, and Deeper Than the Grave. The fifth book—Reckoning and Ruin—was released in April.

Her short fiction has appeared in The Savannah Literary Journal, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, and Gulf Stream, which selected her story “Lost Causes and Other Reasons to Live” as the 2004 winner of their Mystery Fiction contest. A two-time nominee for Georgia Author of the Year, Tina enjoys boxing, sushi, tarot cards, and spending time with her family (one husband, one daughter, one neurotic Maltese and two bossy chickens). You can find her at her official website—

Dr. John Adam, Professor of Mathematics

John Adam

Mathematics at Old Dominion University since 1984. His Ph.D. from the University of London was in theoretical astrophysics (an exceedingly long time ago). As an undergraduate he was exposed to a concentrated diet of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and he has never fully recovered, even at his advanced age. His first introduction to the USA was through the humor of The Far Side cartoons by Gary Larson. He has broad interests in mathematical modeling and applied mathematics, ranging from mathematical biology to meteorological optics. He is a frequent contributor to Earth Science Picture of the Day. In 2007 he was winner of an Outstanding Faculty Award for the State of Virginia. In 2012 he was a recipient of a Carl B. Allendoerfer Award from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). The Award is made to authors of expository articles published in the MAA journal Mathematics Magazine. He has published approximately 110 papers in mathematical and scientific journals, and given over 160 talks and presentations to professional and university/college groups. He has written several books (all published by Princeton University Press): Mathematics in Nature: Modeling Patterns in the Natural World, X and the City: Modeling Aspects of Urban Life and A Mathematical Nature Walk. He is also co-author (with physicist Lawrence Weinstein) of Guesstimation: Solving the World’s Problems on the Back of a Cocktail Napkin. His latest book, Rays, Waves and Scattering: Topics in Classical Mathematical Physics will be published in June 2017.

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