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2018 Research and Scholarship Celebration

March 21, 2018        Ramsey Arena

Poster hanging period: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM (All posters must be up no later than 2:00 pm)

Poster Preview: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Browse posters created by your peers).

Welcome: 4:00 - 4:05 PM Dr. Brandon Schwab, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

Faculty Panel: 4:05 - 4:55 PM (including Q & A)

Introduction of Keynote Speaker: 4:55 - 5:00 PM 

Keynote Address: 5:00 - 6:00 PM (including Q & A) Gene Nichol, "Engaged Scholarship at Public Universities"

Reception & Celebration: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM 

Undergraduate & Graduate Posters: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM 


March 22, 2018        University Center & Various locations across campus

Graduate Research Symposium: 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Tips for giving a presentation

Keynote Speaker

Gene Nichol photo

Gene Nichol is Boyd Tinsley distinguished professor at the University of North Carolina. He was director of the UNC Poverty Center (2008-2015) until it was closed by the Board of Governors for publishing articles critical of the governor and General Assembly. Since 2015, his research has been supported by the N.C. Poverty Research Fund. Nichol was president of the College of William & Mary (2005-2008), law dean at the University of Colorado (1988-1995), and dean at UNC from 1999-2005.

Nichol is author of FEDERAL COURTS (West, 2015) and SEEING THE INVISIBLE: Putting a Face on Poverty in North Carolina (2015). He’s published articles in the Harvard, Yale, Chicago, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Duke, California, and Virginia law reviews. He’s been an op-ed columnist for the Raleigh News & Observer for fifteen years. He’s also executive producer of the documentary, “A Generation of Change: Bill Friday, Terry Sanford and North Carolina” (UNC-TV, 2016).

In 2003, Nichol received the ABA's Edward Finch Award for delivering the nation's best Law Day address. In 2004, he was named Carolina’s pro bono professor of the year. The next year, he was inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest civilian honor; and Equal Justice Works named him Pro Bono Dean of the year. In 2008, he received Oklahoma State University's Distinguished Alumnus Award; the "Courage to do Justice Award" from the National Employment Lawyers Association; and the Thomas Jefferson Award for defense of religious liberty from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. In 2013, the NC Council of Churches gave Nichol its Faith Active in Public Life Award; the NC-ACLU named him its W.W. Finlator Award winner; and UNC gave him its Thomas Jefferson Award – the university’s highest faculty honor. In 2014, he received the McCall Teaching Award from the UNC Law School and the University of Colorado’s Joanne Arnold award for courage in defense of civil liberty.

Nichol attended Oklahoma State University, receiving a degree in philosophy and playing varsity football. He obtained his J.D. from the University of Texas, graduating Order of the Coif (1973).

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