Research projects by Western Carolina University students numbered fourth highest in the nation and first in the state among higher education institutions having entries accepted for presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

The annual spring gathering took place last week at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

WCU had 76 projects accepted, ranging from topics in biology, criminal justice and diversity studies to literature and environmental science and others. Sixty-seven students attended the event with four faculty and staff members.

This marks 14 consecutive years that the university’s students have placed in the top 10 for bringing presentations to the conference.

“This is both a tremendous recognition of WCU academic capabilities in a variety of disciplines and an opportunity for participating students to have a higher level of involvement with their research,” said Jill Granger, dean of WCU’s Honors College, which had 41 students enter works.

The majority of funding to cover conference registration, hotel accommodations and meals for the WCU contingent was provided through the Office of the Chancellor, with coordination efforts led by the Office of the Provost and the Honors College.

For more information about WCU’s participation, contact the Honors College at 227-7383.