UC Clermont

EI3 Equity, Inclusion, Innovation and Impact Student Research Conference

Hosted by University of Cincinnati Clermont College Business, Law and Technology Department

Nov. 21, 2019

The EI3 Equity, Inclusion, Innovation and Impact Student Research Conference is a student research conference promoting high impact undergraduate student research centered around a theme of positive social change. The conference will be hosted by the Clermont College Business, Law and Technology Department at the beautiful University of Cincinnati Clermont College campus in Batavia, Ohio, which offers easy access and free parking in a serine natural setting.

Our mission is to create a high-quality student research experience that promotes research projects that have a positive and meaningful impact on students, educators, community partners and society.

Join us Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 at the conveniently located UC Clermont campus and enjoy impactful and innovate student research presentations; networking with students, faculty and community partners; and a thought-provoking keynote speaker.

Call for Proposals

We will be accepting proposal for student research poster presentations in August 2019.  Please check back for more information.

The focus of EI3 Equity, Inclusion, Innovation and Impact Student Research Conference is promoting positive social change. Topics from a wide-range of disciplines and fields are encouraged, including accounting, economics, finance, legal studies, management, marketing, politics, hospitality and health care administration. Example topics are given below; however, research on any interesting issue is welcome so be creative!

Example Research Topics

Analysis of diversity and inclusion trends in any industry, e.g. education, business, entertainment, media, healthcare. Racial, cultural or immigration issues in the political or legal system. Bias in the media. Current business, company or management issues related to diversity and inclusion, e.g. pay equality or the Uber diversity scandal. Social movements like #MeToo and Black Lives Matter. Critical examinations into social structures, e.g. governmental, financial, religious and suggestions for change. Projects that promote innovation or impact for positive social change.

Submission Requirements

Students can submit work individually or in groups of up to three students.

Contact information for all presenters including name, major, college year (e.g. freshman) and e-mail address.

Title of the project for the conference program.

250-500 word overview of your proposed research project with brief review of current literature (scholarly sources preferred).  

Select poster presentation or video presentation (video presentations are for non-local, online students only).

Students presenting a poster presentation are required to attend the conference on Nov. 21, 2019 and physically present the poster.

Students presenting a video presentation are not required to attend the conference but they are required to upload a five-minute video presentation to YouTube and submit the link by the video submission deadline. Video presentations are an option for non-local online students only.

30-125 words

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50-100 words


A guide for undergraduate student research resources is in process and will be posted soon.


A guide for undergraduate student research resources is in process and will be posted soon.


Conference Registration will open soon!  Please check back for more information.

Keynote Speaker

Anthony Ray Hinton was released in April 2015 after spending 30 years on Alabama’s death row for a
crime he did not commit. He was released with the help of the Equal Justice Initiative, of which he is
now an employee. He now serves as EJI's Community Educator and travels both nationally and
internationally to speak about his experience. One of the longest serving death row prisoners in
Alabama history and among the longest serving condemned prisoners to be freed after presenting
evidence of innocence, Mr. Hinton is the 152nd person exonerated from death row since 1983.

Thirty years ago, Mr. Hinton was arrested and charged with two capital murders based solely on the assertion that a revolver taken from his mother’s home was the gun used in both murders and in a third uncharged crime. EJI attorneys engaged three of the nation’s top firearms examiners, who testified in 2002 that the revolver could not be matched to crime evidence. State prosecutors never questioned the new findings but nonetheless refused to re-examine the case or concede error. After 12 more years of litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the lower courts, and a new trial was granted.The judge finally dismissed the charges after prosecutors said that scientists at the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences tested the evidence and confirmed that the crime bullets cannot be matched to the Hinton weapon. Anthony Ray Hinton was released. He has spoken at dozens of universities and conferences over the last two and half years and is an incredibly compelling speaker and powerful advocate for changes to the criminal justice system. More information about his story is available here. His inspirational memoir, The Sun Does Shine, How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row was released March 27, 2018. In June 2018, Oprah chose The Sun Does Shine for her Book Club.

Surviving Criminal Justice in America Anthony Ray Hinton, death row exoneree, will share his story
of wrongful conviction, survival on Alabama's death row, and decades-long journey to exoneration and freedom. In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was convicted of the unsolved murders of two fast-food
restaurant managers based on the testimony of ballistics experts for the State who claimed that the crime bullets came from a dusty revolver found in Mr. Hinton's mother’s closet. Without the benefit of a competent expert to challenge the State’s ballistics experts, an all-white jury convicted Mr. Hinton and he was sentenced to death. After years of petitioning to have the revolver re-analyzed, three independent experts concluded that the bullets could not have been fired from that revolver, and that they could not even have all been fired from a single gun. Mr. Hinton is now free after 30 years, and will join us to share his story and discuss the changes that need to be made to prevent these types of injustices from happening to other innocent people.

Conference Schedule

3:30-4 p.m. Student presenter registration and setup

4-5:30 p.m. Student research presentations and judging

5:30-6:30 p.m. Networking and light refreshments

6:30-7:30 p.m. Keynote speech

7:30-8:00 p.m. Award presentation for best research projects

8-8:30 p.m. Keynote book signing

The official conference schedule and list of presentations will be posted in October 2019.

Previous Conferences

1st place $200 Scholarship

The Uber Diversity Scandal

Student presenters:  Laneshia James and Soma Banerjee

3-way Tie for 2nd Place $175 Scholarship (total $525 awarded)

Examining Which Demographics Have The Hardest Time Living Healthy Lives

Student presenters:  Ian Long, Logan Williams, and Brooke Jenik

Health Disparities in Infant and Maternal Mortality

Student presenter:  Mary Siskaninetz

Recognizing Diversity within our Immigration Courts

Student presenter:  Lu Kling

Travel & Lodging

Campus Address:

University of Cincinnati Clermont College

4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia, Ohio 45103

College Information: 513-732-5200

Get detailed directions

Parking in any of the student parking lots is free for all visitors.  There will be conference signs to direct you on the day of the conference.  The closest parking lot for the conference is the East Parking lot.

Get detailed parking information and maps.  

Holiday & Suites Cincinnati Eastgate
4501 Eastgate Blvd.
Cincinnati, OH 45245
Phone: (513) 752-4400

Hampton Inn Cincinnati-Eastgate
858 Eastgate N Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45245
Phone: (513) 752-8584

Comfort Inn & Suites Eastgate
4421 Aicholtz Road
Cincinnati, OH 45245
Phone: (513) 947-0100