Beginning as a small evening conference with 25 participants, Made in Millersville was born when the director of Sponsored Programs and Research Administration, Dr. Rene Munoz, was asked to overhaul the small event in an effort for it to become a large-scale research conference at Millersville University. That was back in 2013, and since then participant numbers have grown dramatically.
This year’s Made in Millersville conference has a whopping 440 student participants with over 200 presentations. It will take place on April 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the McNairy Library and Learning Forum. Students will have the opportunity to make an impression on future employers with a legitimate research study that is also published in the annual “Made in Millersville” journal.
The event is planned by Tatiana Pashkova-Balkenhol, Andy Welaish, Munoz and four undergraduate students. Their work starts at the beginning of the fall semester to determine which presentations are accepted into this conference.
“We really look for applications that show involvement or engagement in activities that focus on or enhance a student’s education or that are clearly tied to the University experience,” said Munoz.
In addition, another critical part is the Made in Millersville Conference Journal. This journal is an online website that features both previous and current articles about students’ work that was featured in Made in Millersville.
“Piloted in 2015, this journal offers a unique learning opportunity for students to experience the process of publishing while simultaneously preparing to present at the student conference,” said Pashkova-Balkenhol.
By adding both a legitimate writing sample and conference presentation to one’s resume, students are able to improve their scholarly writing and gain valuable experience in the field of undergraduate research. The Made in Millersville conference is open to the public for no charge. In addition, anyone may apply to be a volunteer reviewer for this event.
For more information regarding this event, please visit:https://www.madeinmu.education/