The Graduate Professional Council (GPC) is proud to announce its 37th Annual Research &
Creative Activities Forum (RCAF) which will take place on November 13 & 14, 2020! This event offers an
invaluable opportunity for students to showcase their academic projects in front of an audience of
their professors, mentors, research colleagues, and visiting faculty from other institutions in

Note: This year presentations will be done virtually via zoom, each presenter will be given a 15-minute time period to finish their presentation, more presentation guidelines and instructions will be mentioned with the acceptance email. 

Proposals are currently being accepted for presentation in the following categories:
● Behavioral Sciences
● Biological Sciences
● Creative Arts
● Engineering, Computer, and Information Sciences
● Health Sciences, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine
● Humanities
● Physical Sciences
● Social Sciences (Qualitative)
● Social Sciences (Quantitative)
● Other

Proposals must be submitted by October 10th, 2020. Applications, including a brief abstract, can be submitted via RCAF’s application website. Notification of Acceptance will be communicated around October 23rd, 2020. As with past events, cash prizes will be awarded to the top presentations in each category. First prize in each category will receive $250, second prize will receive $150, and third prize will receive $100.

For more information, please contact RCAF Chair, at gpcprogramming@missouri.edu

We look forward to reading your applications!

About RCAF

GPC has hosted the Research and Creative Activities Forum (RCAF) for more than 30 years as a way for students to showcase research and creative activities while providing valuable experience and feedback. Professors from across the state and within the MU community evaluate presentations, with cash prizes available for exceptional presentations.


The 2020 RCAF Application is available now.


Applications Accepted: October 10th, 2020
Notification of Acceptance: October 23rd, 2020
RCAF 2020: November 13 & 14, 2020

Congratulations to the 37th RCAF Fall 2020 Winners 

Behavioral Sciences 

1st: Erika Schneider

2nd: Jessica Osaze 


Biological Sciences 

1st: Paula Chen

2nd: Ruth Opoku 

3rd: Ashley Smith 


Creative Arts 

1st: Andrew Black 

2nd: Lida Aflatoony 

3rd: Lily Hunter 



1st: Omiya Hassan 

2nd: Shu-Yu Hsu

3rd: Hamed Majidifard, Osasu Osaze 



1st: Alek Willsey 

2nd: Sophia Piral Lee 

3rd: Konrad Hughes 


Medicine and Health Services 

1st: Kate Rubin 

2nd (Tie): Taylor Hanson, Justina Yevu Johnson 

3rd (Tie): Maria Gentry, Brenda Moreira, Jennifer Schmitz  


Physical Sciences 

1st: Lisa Shepard

Social Sciences, Qualitative 

1st: Shannon Dier 

2nd (Tie)Jenny Melo Velasco, Nathan Katz 


Social Sciences, Quantitative 

1st: Alaina Wilson 

2nd: Ciera Kirkpatrick 

3rd: Nanxi Xu, Mark Benton 


Veterinary/Biomedical Sciences 

1st: Sara Asgari

2nd: Dain Jacob

3rd: Mary Moore