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Student Research Conference

William V. Moore Student Research Conference

Moore Conference

About the Conference

The conference is an opportunity for advanced high school and undergraduate students to present research on a variety of topics, including Southern and South Carolina politics, civil rights, political extremism, educational opportunity and economic development, political communication, human geographies and world politics. The conference is held in honor of William V. Moore, Phd., and reflects Professor Moore’s passionate commitment to undergraduate education and improving political discourse and educational and economic opportunities for all South Carolinians.

The 2018 Moore Student Research Concerence will take place in the Stern Center on Friday, April 13, 2018.  Students interested in participating can apply at  Applicatrions are due Friday, March 9.  Questions about the conference can be directed to Dr. Mark Long ( or Dr. Chris Day (

A list of panels and panelists from the March 31, 2017 conference can be found here.

This past year approximately fifty students representing a half-dozen majors and several high school seniors presented their research to peers, colleagues, and community members. Several student panels are moderated by professors. Each year the conference closes with a luncheon where all participants are recognized and a few are presented with best paper awards. 

Keynote speakers have included:

2017 - Kayla Gilchrist, Community Organizer at Charleston Area Justice Ministry
2016 - Michelle Mapp, CEO of the South Carolina Community Loan Fund
2015 - Sam Johnson, Special Assistant to the Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina
2014 - Chris Jankowski, leading Republican strategist in state elections and state policy issues and political science alumnus
2013  - Dr. Scott Huffmon, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Social & Behavioral Research Laboratory at Winthrop University
2012 - Dr. Gibbs Knotts, Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences at Western Carolina University at the time and now the Chair of the Department of Political Science at the College of Charleston
2011 - Dr. Luther F. Carter, President of Francis Marion University   

The conference is made possible by donations to the William V. Moore Memorial Fund and the Department of Political Science.

William V. Moore Student Research Conference Awards

2017 Moore Student Research Conference Slide Show

Moore Conference

About Bill Moore

In his 37-year career at the College of Charleston, Dr. Moore was a devoted teacher and mentor.  He was a true renaissance man, but he always identified himself as a teacher. He advised a large number of political science students and took on special responsibilities for student athletes, always mindful of the special challenges posed by pursuing both athletic and academic achievement.

Dr. Moore earned his B.A. and Master’s degrees from Southern Illinois University and his Ph.D. from Tulane University. He was a well-known expert on South Carolina politics, Southern politics, and political extremism. He was the author of Political Extremism in the United States and co-author of South Carolina Politics and Government as well as numerous scholarly articles, encyclopedia entries and publications on Southern and extremist politics, civil rights, electoral politics, campaign spending, and intergovernmental relations.