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 presentation.

   The 2022 John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference will be held on April 9, 2022
   The 2022 John Wesley Powell Keynote Speaker
   Dr. Gabriel "Joey" Merrin, Ph.D.

JWP keynote speakerBiography

Gabriel "Joey" Merrin, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Syracuse University. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychology at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. He also attended Illinois Wesleyan University, where he majored in Sociology. Dr. Merrin is an early career prevention scientist whose primary line of research seeks to clarify the developmental processes through which adolescent's experiences with their families, peers, schools, and communities influence (mitigate or exacerbate) the development of problem behaviors (e.g., aggression, delinquency, substance use) and experiences with identity-based harassment and victimization throughout adolescence and the transition to young adulthood. Dr. Merrin has extensive expertise in conducting school-based research and has worked with students, teachers, superintendents principals, and parents to help address the diverse needs of students. He has evaluated several school-based prevention programs, including Second Step, the WITS program (Walk away, Ignore, Talk it out, Seek help), Boston vs. Bullies, and Sources of Strength. His work has a strong focus on translating and mobilizing knowledge by using applied research designs to inform and evaluate prevention and intervention efforts to improve the healthy development of young people.


The John Wesley Powell 2022 Student Research Conference Schedule is available at the following link.


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 history.