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Belmont University Research Symposium

Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)

The Belmont University Research Symposium provides Belmont students an opportunity to conduct independent research and present it to a community of peers. Each spring students at Belmont gather to present their findings, listen to eminent speakers, and enjoy the company of fellow researchers.  Below you will find a general schedule for the events of BURS and a detailed schedule and specific locations for student presentations. 

April 18, 2018

BURS Keynote Address

5:00 PM

4094 Janet Ayers Academic Center

 BURS Reception:  4:00-5:00 PM
4094 Janet Ayers Academic Center

Dr. Tradd Cotter doing field work Dr. Tradd Cotter doing field work

Tradd Cotter

will present

"Fanning the Flame: Focusing Your Passion For Research Into Disruptive Technology"

Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist, and organic gardener who has been collecting and cultivating fungi in the Southeastern US both commercially and experimentally for more than 25 years. In 1996 he founded Mushroom Mountain, which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries and currently maintains over 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides. His primary interest is in low-tech and no-tech cultivation strategies so that anyone can grow mushrooms on just about anything, anywhere in the world. Mushroom Mountain is currently expanding to 42,000 square feet of laboratory and research space near Greenville, South Carolina, to accommodate commercial production, as well as mycoremediation projects. Tradd is a graduate of Clemson University where he was the recipient of the Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award and a winner of a fellowship from the EPA. In addition, he is the author of the best selling book “Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation.” 

Here is a link to a video on Cotter's work:


April 19, 2018
Student presentations

BURS 2018 Schedule and Abstracts

(click here)


By clicking on the link immediately below, please find Guidelines for submitting Departmental Session Abstracts.

All final submissions are DUE to Sam Marley ( by April 6th.

Program information should be published online ( by April 16.

Also available below is a link to guidelines for BURS student abstracts submissions. Abstracts should be submitted by the advisors, not individual students.   

Departmental Session Submission Guidelines

BURS Student Abstract Submission Guidelines

BURS Convocation Form