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Most students who prepare for a research conference usually focus on one subject and one conference at a time. However, an SMSU student chose to not only participate in SMSU’s Undergraduate Research Conference, but in another university’s as well.

SMSU senior Chad Conway went to Kirksville, Mo. from Nov. 6 to Nov. 8 to participate in Truman State University’s 27th Annual Philosophy and Religion Conference.

“I found out about the conference when one of my professors suggested that I enter one of my essays into the contest,” Conway said. “My paper is about a concept called ‘open access.’ I’m a double major in philosophy and marketing and this paper kind of combines what I have learned from both areas of study.  It deals with how we ought to use knowledge, as well as how we ought to ‘sell’ it.”

The process to participate in this conference turned out to be a little difficult for Conway. He received very little notice about the conference and had to try and prepare the information about open access in a short amount of time.

“I have been trying to quickly put everything together for this trip, as well as for my presentation,” Conway said.  “I think most of the time that students present at conferences, a professor often helps with the logistics, and the trips are usually planned months in advance.  I was basically given 10 days.”

With the conference being open to the public, audiences showed up from all over the country to listen to the presentations at Truman University.

Returning home from the conference, Conway said that it was really interesting and he learned a lot from it. He said that he learned the importance of practicing a speech and being able to communicate the contents within his paper to the audience, especially when concerning a subject in philosophy.

Although Conway was able to attend the conference and learn a lot from it, he also faced funding difficulties to be able to present at the conference. However, Conway said that the funding was made possible by the intervention of several professors and faculty members and several donations were given.

“Thanks to the intervention of several key professors and faculty, the trip was ultimately made possible by the generous donations from several departments, particularly the English, Philosophy, Humanities and Spanish department and the Marketing and Management department,” Conway said.

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