Undergraduates invited to apply to present at ACC Meeting of the Minds

Meeting of the Minds
Evan Weiss ’19 would highly encourage other students who are involved in research or creative work to try out for a distinctive academic event for a select group of students from only 15 universities: the ACC Meeting of the Minds (M.o.M.) Conference.

The conference showcases the research and creative work of undergraduates from the ACC’s 15 schools. This year’s conference will be held April 6-8 at Boston College.

Weiss, a sport analytics major in the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, presented at last year’s conference at Duke University on his research on how various brands of basketballs (Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, etc.) have an impact on the outcome of the game in college basketball. The conference was a memorable event for him.

“My biggest take-away from the Meeting of the Minds Conference was that there is some really great research being done from schools across the country, and I was blessed to be able to learn from other students and try to get a better understanding of work that is being done outside of my normal area of study,” says Weiss, who worked with faculty mentor Rodney Paul, professor of sport management.

The networking also added to the experience. “I was able to make extremely valuable connections at the conference, and it was an experience that I will truly never forget,” he says.

Each of the ACC’s schools selects six undergraduates to present at the conference. Students of all disciplines can apply to present their original research or creative project, which needs to be under the mentorship of a faculty member.

Syracuse University students can apply by completing a brief application at https://tinyurl.com/meetingoftheminds2018. The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 9.

“Students passionate about their research or creative work—like a script, architectural model, musical composition—should seriously consider this awesome opportunity for participating in the Meeting of the Minds conference,” says Provost Faculty Fellow Rochelle Ford, professor and chair of the Department of Public Relations in the Newhouse School. “Students will experience presenting their own work in preparation for the future, meet with other scholars and faculty members from across the ACC and learn about research and creative work in other fields.”

The event is also a way to showcase Syracuse University’s students and the important contributions in research and creative work they bring to their classrooms, labs, studios and fields of interest, she says.

A panel of Syracuse University faculty members select the winners based on the academic quality of the project, clarity of expression in the proposal, completeness of research/creative project, independence of project and relevance of project to program of study.

For more information about the 2018 M.o.M. Conference, contact Melissa Lowry at malowry@syr.edu.

Story by Kathleen Haley for SU News.