Carroll College, Helena Montana
Undergraduate Research Festival

Undergraduate Research Festival

Student Undergraduate Research Festival


Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 1-5pm in the Lower Campus Center

The Student Undergraduate Research Festival (SURF) is an annual celebration of individual and team research projects by students during their academic careers at Carroll College. Students are encouraged to undertake a research project in an area in which they have necessary background, are currently pursuing their major and/or even outside of their major during their academic career at Carroll. During the festival event in April, students will provide a formal presentation to fellow peers, faculty members and Carroll College guests on their research project(s). Students interested in participating in a research project and/or participating in SURF should begin exploring areas of research interest and planning as early as possible.  Students are encouraged to attend the various presentations during the festival to help celebrate the Carroll students’ research.

"In the past year, our on-campus conversation has become louder and more animated by leaps and bounds, the number of entries into this event jumping from 35 posters and 15 presentations in 2015 to 41 posters and 43 presentations this spring. This is a trend we believe will continue here at Carroll, as our faculty have fully embraced teaching practices that put students and their questions about the world around them at the forefront of an exciting, innovative approach to teaching and learning.

"Today we take time out of our routines in order to celebrate those questions, these students, and their professors. We applaud our students’ bravery, creativity, diligence, and temerity, and we thank them for their courage and their shared, well-earned insights. We likewise thank their faculty mentors for making room in their respective disciplinary conversations for more voices.

"We would especially like to the thank the collective efforts of Dr. Brandon Sheafor, Dr. Jeannette Fregulia, Dr. Ryan Hallows, and Dr. Eric Sullivan, members of the SURF Committee and the people who made this day possible. We likewise extend our sincere thanks to Christian Frazza and our library staff for their support of these projects, to Alan Hansen and the IRB Committee for their tireless efforts to guide students through the vital but taxing IRB process, and to Ms. Maria Larson, who helped facilitate not only the IRB applications as well as the preparations that went into making this SURF event such a tremendous success."

DR. COLIN IRVINE, Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the College
CATHERINE DAY, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs

For more information on SURF and participation, please contact

See the program and full list of SURF participants

Honors Convocation

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 / 5:00 p.m. / Lower Campus Center

Recognizing our students for their academic achievements. The ceremony will immediately follow the Student Undergraduate Research Festival. Faculty who would like to attend are encouraged to arrive by 4:45pm and process in academic attire. Questions about Honors Convocation can be directed to the Registrar’s Office.

See the ceremony award list (winners not included, as there will be some surprises).