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Student Research Day for Montana’s Two-Year Colleges is a celebration of student research, creative and scholarly activities. It is also an opportunity for students and faculty from multiple two-year institutions to interact with peers in their respective disciplines. Research Day is the premier academic two-year event in Montana.

Welcome All!

The Montana Two-Year College Student Research Day will be Friday, April 17th, 2020, at Great Falls College MSU. Montana’s two-year programs and their students are invited to participate.

Final registration deadline is Friday, April 3rd, 2020.

Core Principle

Student research, creative or scholarly activity projects from ALL disciplines are welcome and encouraged. “Research” is sometimes misunderstood as being related only to the so called “hard” sciences. BUT, the term research encompasses all research, creative and scholarly activities. Accordingly, ALL DISCIPLINES WILL BE WELCOME at Research Day – from Anthropology to Zoology – from Construction to Welding – from Accounting to Writing. WE WANT TO CELEBRATE OUR STUDENTS’ GOOD WORK!

The Guidelines for the Student Research, Creative or Scholarly Projects

  • Any research, creative, or scholarly activity, from any discipline areas, involving 2-year students is welcome. 
  • Projects originating both IN and OUT of the classroom are welcome.
  • Each student research project must have a Faculty/Staff sponsor.
  • Poster Presentation: Tri-fold posters are the recommended manner to display posters.  Table space will be available for each poster and students must stand next to their poster/project and discuss them with passing visitors during the allotted time for poster displays.  Poster display logistics will be the responsibility of the students and sponsor.  Electrical power for poster presentations is available on a limited basis and will be first awarded to those individuals in need with preference given in order of registration.
  • Lightning Round Presentation:  In this format, presenters have 3- 5 minutes each, to summarize their research or projects. Akin to the elevator pitch, this presentation format challenges scholars to delineate the highlights of their work and explain its importance in a very brief span of time. Projector/computer will be provided. For tips on crafting a lightning round presentation, visit this site:
  • Panel Presentation: A panel presentation typically includes a group of 3-8 presenters with a total presentation time of 30 minutes, with questions following. This format is idea for a group of students who wish to present on a group research project.  Projector/computer will be provided.
  • Traditional Oral presentation:  consists of a single presentation of 15-20 minutes with questions following. Projector/computer will be provided.


Participant registration and presentation abstract submissions must be submitted by April 3, 2020 in order to be included in the conference program/proceedings.

Registration and abstract submission must be completed online through the event registration webpage HERE

Presentations and abstracts may be emailed to:

What Happens On Research Day?

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am:  Attendee check-in / Continental breakfast and refreshments.
  • 9:00 am - 9:15 am:  Event welcome
  • 9:15 am - 10:00 am: Keynote speaker
  • 10:15 am - 11:00 am: Poster displays. Student-researchers will stand next to their posters/projects and discuss them with passing visitors.
  • 11:15 am - 12:00 pm:  Lightning Round Presentations
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm:  Panel Presentations/Traditional Presentations
  • 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm:  Closing Remarks, Distribution of sack lunches./li>


Registration and event attendance are free for all participants. Participants will be responsible for their travel to and from the event and lodging. For your convenience, some hotels offering the state per diem rate in Great Falls are listed below:

Wingate by Windham
1000 9th Ave. S.; Great Falls, MT
Block set aside for Research Day reservations

Holiday Inn
1100 5th Street South; Great Falls, MT

Holiday Inn Express Inn & Suites
1625 Marketplace Drive; Great Falls, MT

La Quinta Inn & Suites
600 River Drive S.; Great Falls, MT

Staybridge Suites
201 3rd Street NW; Great Falls, MT

Heritage Inn
1700 Fox Farm Road; Great Falls, MT 

Directions to Great Falls College MSU

Great Falls College MSU is located at 2100 16th Avenue South in Great Falls, Montana. Parking is available for all attendees at no cost.

Wi-Fi with Internet

Free wi-fi access will be available for all participants/guests.

For Questions or Information E-mail:

Research Day Planning Committee :  Dr. Brenda Canine (co-chair), Laura Wight (co-chair), Dr. Elfie Neber, Steve Robinett, Karen Vosen, Lorene Jaynes.