Vermont State University to Host First Annual Academic Excellence Conference

Lyndonville, Vt. — Vermont State University will host its first annual Academic Excellence Conference on Saturday, September 9, 2023 on the Vermont State Lyndon Campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The conference will feature more than 40 presentations from faculty across all five Vermont State campuses, representing nearly every academic department. The conference is designed to showcase the breadth, depth, and expertise of VTSU faculty, and demonstrate the impact their work has both inside and outside of the classroom.

“Through this conference, we hope to promote the spirit of academia at Vermont State and encourage collaboration amongst faculty in our research efforts across campuses,” said Alexandre Strokanov, Professor of History and a lead conference organizer. “We want to show our students and visitors that we are not only great teachers, but that we are also researchers, experts, presenters, performers, and artists.” 

VTSU Provost Dr. Nolan Atkins will open the conference, followed by two plenary session presentations. Professor of History Dr. Paul Searls will discuss the history of Route 7, Vermont’s primary north-south artery, and Associate Professor of Science Dr. Ross Lieblappen will describe the use of micro-computed tomography to create three-dimensional representations of objects’ internal structures. 

Conference session topic areas will explore Technology and Computer Science, Environmental Sciences, Politics and Public Policy, and more. Faculty will explore a wide variety of subjects during their presentations, from the environmental impacts of mountain bike trails, to global sustainability, research on homelessness, and how the American Civil War shaped the western hemisphere.

The full conference schedule and presentation locations are available at All sessions are free and open to the public.