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SEARCH Symposium

Dr. Jeremy Begbie
“Having experienced the SEARCH program at first-hand, I can confirm that it combines academic rigor and imagination in a way that is unparalleled in comparable universities. Asbury’s commitment to the mutual illumination of scholarship and faith is stronger than ever.”
Jeremy Begbie, Duke University

What is SEARCH?

SEARCH is the annual academic event and competition showcasing outstanding student work at Asbury University. In addition to the student showcase, we invite internationally known guests to come for keynote discussions during the event, which are open to the public.

If you’re a student, you may be asking “why should I enter this competition”? We can think of a couple great reasons!

  • You might win $600!
  • You’ll get to share all that great work that you have already done as a student!
  • You’ll be able to add a professional presentation to your resume (which looks great to employers and graduate schools alike).
  • You’ll get to work a little more with your favorite professor as you prepare.
  • You’ll get to hang out and learn from your friends and their great work.

SEARCH 2018 Schedule

Noon – Scholar-Leaders Forum Luncheon (by invitation only)

3 p.m. – Faculty Panel Discussion in the Student Center

5:30 p.m. – Faculty-Scholars reception (by invitation only)

7 p.m. – Presentation by Dr. Deb Haarsma in Hughes Auditorium

8 p.m. – Student Poster Presentation in Kinlaw Library


Commonly asked questions:

Q. What can I submit? I’m not sure I’ve done anything that would count as “research”.

Any paper you did for a class or independent project at Asbury is eligible!

Q. How do you contact a professor to help you?

Send an email to them or visit them at office hours, and just say you were thinking about submitting the paper you wrote in their class to SEARCH. If you are not sure who to ask, try one of the faculty listed in our FAQ.

Q. What all do I have to do to participate and/or compete? How much time will it take?

If you want to participate without entering the competition, after registration you will have to create a poster (poster details here) to represent your paper. Previous participants have described poster creation taking 2-3 hours. You can make your poster from scratch or use one of our handy templates.

If you want to compete, you’ll need to do the poster as well as work with your faculty sponsor to make edits on your paper.

Q. Where can I get help?

You can talk to your professor or Dr. Janet Dean for help on this process. You can also attend a SEARCH workshop given by the Center for Academic Excellence in Kinlaw Library.

Q. I’m not planning to participate, but I’d like to come see everything! Is it open to the public?

You are welcome and encouraged to come to the speaking events as well as the poster session where students will be presenting their work. Please see the exact dates and times below.

Q. What are the important deadlines?

April 3, 2018 at 5 p.m. – Registration (and papers) are due

April 9, 2018 at 5 p.m. – Posters are due for printing

Q. What is the schedule for this year’s event?

This year’s SEARCH event is April 23rd, 2018 and schedule is as follows:

  • 12 p.m. Scholar-Leaders Forum Luncheon (by invitation only)
  • 3 p.m. Faculty Panel Discussion in the Student Center
  • 5:30 p.m Faculty-Scholars reception at Windsor Manor (by invitation only)
  • 7 p.m. Dr. Deb Haarsma, President, BioLogos, Hughes Auditorium Presentation: “The Universe Declares the Glory of God.”
  • 8 p.m. Student Poster Session


Have more questions? Visit our FAQ or contact Dr. Janet Dean.