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Date: Friday, April 21, 2023

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Location: Brenau University Down Town Center, Renaissance Building, & live via Zoom

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Free Parking: Brenau University Downtown Center Parking Garage
301 Main Street SW, Gainesville, GA 30501

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Time: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Click on the button above to watch the 2023 Innovation, Inquiry and Creativity Symposium Live via Zoom

2023 Research Symposium program
Click on this photo to see the 2023 Innovation, Inquiry and Creativity Symposium program. The program includes detailed information about the Symposium including the symposium schedule, the names of the presenters, the presentation titles and abstracts.

About the IIC Symposium

The IIC (Innovation, Inquiry & Creativity) Symposium is a research event featuring undergraduate, graduate, faculty and staff presentations that span disciplines as diverse as fine arts and humanities, education, health, science, business and communication. The symposium will be held in the Brenau University Downtown Center and the Brenau University Renaissance Center in Gainesville, GA. The symposium also will be broadcast live via Zoom. Presentations will be made in person and live via Zoom.

Our New Definition of Research

When the committee decided to change the name of the symposium, we also decided to craft a new definition of research for the purposes of the 2023 Innovation, Inquiry and Creativity Symposium. Broadly, that definition of research projects is as follows:

  • Projects that involve work with existing research or other texts, presenting original analysis, critique and argumentation, but no original data.
  • Projects that involve critical analysis of the body of scholarship written about a particular subject area.
  • Projects that result in original creative expression based on critical analysis and study of existing work.
  • Projects that involve systematic collection and analysis of data.

Part of the impetus for our creation of a new definition of research is a similar decision made by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). Please take a look at this video for more information about CUR’s actions.

Council on Undergraduate Research video

Why Change the Name of the Brenau Research Symposium?

In 2023 the Brenau University Research Symposium Committee made the decision to change the name of the Brenau University Research Symposium to the Innovation, Inquiry and Creativity Symposium.

The committee made this decision for a number of reasons, including the following:

  • To emphasize the importance of the creative arts and welcome a larger number of researchers from the Visual Arts, Music, Theater and Interior Design departments.
  • To embrace a definition of research which focuses on innovation and scholarly inquiry.
  • To align the symposium more closely with the type of research currently being undertaken at Brenau.
  • To encourage involvement from faculty who have not asked their students participate in the symposium in the past.