Expo 2023

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Participating in research, creative activities or community service projects can be one of the most important aspects of college life. When students and faculty work together on projects, students gain knowledge and training, and they learn skills that are important to employers and in graduate school.

Examples of some of those valuable skills include:

  • problem-solving.
  • teamwork.
  • communication.
  • project and time management.

At the College of Charleston, we encourage all students to engage in research and experiential learning activities. Each year, the university invites students to present their work to the campus community.

EXPO 2023  

This year's Expo is scheduled for Thursday, April 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in TD Arena (301 Meeting Street). 

This event is free and open to the public. Please note that the clear bag policy will be in effect for this event.

Keynote Presentation

Untangling the mystery of the missing mutations

Dr. Matthew T. Rutter biology professor Matt Rutter standing by a tree at the Stono Reserve

The EXPO 2023 Keynote Speaker is Dr. Matthew T. Rutter, Professor of Biology and Academic Director for Stono River Preserve (link to: https://today.cofc.edu/2019/11/14/academic-director-stono-preserve/). Dr. Rutter is the 2022 Recipient of the William V. Moore Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Award (link to: https://academicaffairs.cofc.edu/documents/award-bios/rutter,-matthew---one-sheet.pdf). In this lecture, Dr. Rutter will discuss, “Untangling the mystery of the missing mutations.” Mutations make new variations in DNA, and it is often assumed that when mutations affect an organism, they will mostly be harmful. However, in plants many mutations appear to be beneficial. Over the last two decades, a series of experiments paired with genome sequencing have revealed some possible explanations. Find out more about his research on his faculty website (link to: https://biology.cofc.edu/about-the-department/faculty-staff-listing/rutter-matt.php).

Dr. Rutter will be speaking from 9:30-10:15 in the Hospitality Suite in TD Arena. Breakfast will be provided for the EXPO Presenters at this event.

Who can participate? 

Undergraduate or graduate students at the College of Charleston who have conducted mentored research, scholarship, creative inquiry or community service projects during Summer 2022 or the 2022-23 academic year.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Student Abstracts are due by Wednesday, February 15 at 5 p.m. 


There will be other events added. Check back often to see the full schedule of events

Schools, Departments, and Honor Societies sponsor awards for top-performing talks and posters presented at the EXPO. Find out more about the students who were recognized for their outstanding research and presentations at EXPO 2022.

Highlights from Last Year's EXPO

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