University student to present at National Conference on Undergraduate Research

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Sándor Mécs, a senior communication (journalism) major at Waynesburg University, will travel to the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., to present at the 28th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Thursday, April 3 through Saturday, April 5.

The Pittsburgh, Pa., native will present his paper titled, “Burnham's Managerial Revolution: The Unexamined Reality of Contemporary Class Conflict.”

“Sándor Mécs' powerful paper engages the insights of political theorist James Burnham's 1941 classic ‘The Managerial Revolution: What is Happening in the World’ about the global emergence of the bureaucratic state and updates Burnham's model for the 21st century,” said Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, assistant professor of ethics and constitutional law and director of the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership. “Mr. Mecs's creative research reintroduces Burnham's analysis – a former Marxist who later helped William F. Buckley, Jr. launch the conservative journal ‘National Review’ in the late 1950s – to contemporary public discourse.”

Mécs has worked closely alongside Stratton to prepare his paper.

“Dr. Stratton was always available for me to talk to,” Mécs said. “He not only appreciated what I was doing, but was actively enthused by what I was doing – and that is priceless. That’s more than I could have hoped for.”

Through this annual conference, NCUR creates a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement, provides models of exemplary research and scholarship and helps to improve the state of undergraduate education.

The National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), established in 1987, is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students. Unlike meetings of academic professional organizations, this gathering of young scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all corners of the academic curriculum.

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu