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WIU QCs Campus Hosts Virtual Research Conference for Students

May 8, 2020

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MOLINE, IL – The Western Illinois University Quad Cities campus held its sixth annual Student Research Conference April 20-24, but its first in a virtual format.

QC Honors College Coordinator Jim Rabchuk said 26 projects were presented over the weeklong event, primarily in the areas of special and bilingual education, liberal arts and sciences, human resources and engineering. A total of 37 students participated in the conference, while was live streamed and attended by 25 students, faculty and staff.

The conference's keynote speaker is WIU alumnus Brandon Kutmas, a 2011 and 2015 graduate with his bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology. He is CEO and a licensed therapist at Quad Cities Behavioral Health Associates

"WIU alumnus Brandon Kutmas gave an excellent presentation on the impact participating in student research had on his life and career," said Rabchuk. "His overarching thesis was that research helps you learn how to take a skill and concept learned in one circumstance and apply it in new situations. His application was in how he used his research skills to develop a plan for establishing his own business as a behavioral therapist."

Kutmas' presentation can be found at
Participation in the conference was open to all WIU undergraduate and graduate students.

For more information about the conference, visit

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