The Belmont Undergraduate Research Symposium (BURS) was begun in 1991 by Dr. Donald Ramage, who at that time was the Dean of the School of Sciences. This event occurs annually in April of each year. There were 21 students who presented that first year. There were 114 presenters from 9 disciplines presenting at the 2004 Symposium. This Symposium was created to provide undergraduates an opportunity to conduct independent research and present it to a community of peers. Each spring, students at Belmont gather to present their findings, listen to eminent speakers and enjoy the company of fellow researchers.
The Inter-University Sociology Symposium
The Inter-University Sociology Symposium brings together undergraduate students from Middle Tennessee schools including Belmont, Vanderbilt, Fisk and TSU. It provides an opportunity for students to showcase their research and meet other sociology majors. Two highlights of the day include a keynote address by a nationally known sociologist, and for students who meet the criteria, an induction into Alpha Kappa Delta, the national honor society for sociology. Belmont University hosted the next Inter-University Sociology Symposium in Spring 2006.
The Scholar Communities program was developed as a blend of the structure of a summer session class and a research team focused on a faculty-designed research project. Students typically spend 16-18 hours a week for eight to 10 weeks on a research project, working with several other students and faculty mentors. The Summer Scholar Communities Program differs from traditional undergraduate research because in addition to participating in their own research projects, the students and faculty from various disciplines have the chance to meet regularly at joint weekly meetings to learn from each other and to present their research findings.