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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 2015 conference will be held in April in the Stern Center at the College of Charleston. 

For the past four years, more than twenty-five students representing a half-dozen majors and several high school seniors presented their research to peers, colleagues, students, and community members each year as part of the William V. Moore Student Research Conference held in late March or early April. Several student panels were moderated by professors.  The panels were held on campus in the Stern Student Center.  Each year the conference closes with a luncheon where all participants are recognized and a few are presented with best paper awards. This past year, political science alumnus, Chris Jankowski, who is a leading Republican strategist in state elections and state policy issues was the keynote luncheon speaker. Watch the 2013 Moore Student Research Conference video. In 2013, Dr. Scott Huffmon, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Social & Behavioral Research Laboratory at Winthrop University was our keynote speaker while in 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 delivered the keynote message.  The inaugural year of the conference, in April 2011, Dr. Luther F. Carter, President of Francis Marion University served as our keynote speaker.    

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

2014 Moore Student Research Conference Slide Show

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2013 Moore Student Research Conference video

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2011 Moore Student Research Conference video


William V. Moore Student Research Conference Best Paper Awards

  2013 Moore Student Research Conference Photo slide show




 2011 Moore Student Research Conference Photo slide show

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 degree 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.