John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference
The John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference was established as an annual event
in 1990. Held in April each year, the conference provides an opportunity for students
who are pursuing individual research projects to present those projects in a public
forum. Research projects pursued by students at any level - freshman through senior
- and in any academic program throughout the university, are eligible to participate.
Research can be presented either in a poster session format, or in a (15-min) oral
The 2023 John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference will be held on April 15,
The 2023 John Wesley Powell Keynote Speaker
Molly McCully Brown M.F.A.
Molly McCully Brown is the author of the essay collection Places I've Taken My Body-- which was published in the United States in June 2020 by Persea Books, and released in the United Kingdom in March of 2021 by Faber & Faber-- and the poetry collection The Virginia State Colony For Epileptics and Feebleminded (Persea Books, 2017), which won the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize and was
named a New York Times Critics' Top Book of 2017. With Susannah Nevison, she is also the coauthor of the poetry collection In The Field Between Us (Persea Books, 2020).
Brown has been the recipient of the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, a United
States Artists Fellowship, a Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship and the Jeff
Baskin Writers Fellowship from the Oxford American magazine. Her poems and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, Tin House, The Guardian, Virginia Quarterly Review, Vogue, The New
York Times, Crazyhorse, The Yale Review and elsewhere.
Raised in rural Virginia, she is a graduate of Brad College at Simon's Rock, Stanford
University, and the University of Mississippi, where she received her MFA.
She teaches at Old Dominion University, where she is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Nonfiction, and a member
of the MFA Core Faculty.
View the John Wesley Powell 2023 Student Research Conference Schedule.
The conference typically attracts more than 100 undergraduates, who showcase research
projects from a variety of University departments and programs, including: psychology,
economics, political science, biology, mathematics, chemistry, English, theatre, and