The following students participated in the 2017 Dennis Dean Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Conference. Presenting papers were: Kelly CooperHistory, “The Illumination of the York Minster and St. Patrick’s Cathedral: Two Preservation Approaches”; John ChandlerMusicJonathan Elmore, Music, and Allison Harris, Mechanical Engineering and Music, National Opera Association Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition; Rhiannon Hasenauer,Human Development, “The Future of Honduras”; Alec MasellaLiterature and Language, “First Contact: The Influential Exchange between the American Fireside Poet and the Arab Mahjar Poets”; and David SnyderCommunication, “Sheppard v. Maxwell: Revisited.” Presenting posters were: Rachel Beisser, Literature and Language, “Master of Deceit: The Malicious and Cunning Nature of Mephistophilis in Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus,” and A. Slough, Human Development, “Attention in Infancy: Links to Childhood Attention and Academic Achievement.” The conference was held February 20–23 at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center.

The Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research selected the following students in the College as award winners for presentations given at the conference. John ChandlerJonathan Elmore, and Allison Harris won for Best Performance; their faculty mentor was Ariana WyattSchool of Performing Arts/Music.

Kelly Cooper was an ACC Meeting of the Minds awardees for Oral Presentation; her faculty mentor was LaDale Winling, an assistant professor in the Department of History. The winning presentation from each category received $500, and ACC Meeting of the Minds awardees presented their projects at the conference of the same name.