Student Research and Conferences

Throughout the year students have the opportunity to attend a conference, conduct research and even present at local and national conferences.  We provide travel funding to our most motivated students to attend some of the most relevant networking events in our fields (toursim, special events, therapuetic recreation, outdoor recreation, experiential education).  


Student Research 

Students have the opportunity to conduct research with their faculty members.  For more recent projects click on the links below:

An Assessment of Tourism Sustainabiity in Abaco, Bahamas

Outdoor Tourism in Virginia: Is the Industry Inclusive

The Underlying Value of Experiential Events

*Interested in conducting a research project talk with a faculty member in your concentration! 


Conference Attendance

Recreation, Parks and Tourism students attend a variety of conferences with their faculty throughout the year.  While some are unique to each concentration others are more broad. Attendance depends on location and department funds but students should talk with their faculty if interested in any of the following possiblities.   

Resort and Commercial Recreation Association

Southeast Recreation Therapy Symposium

Virginia Adventure Education Conference

Association for Experiential Education

Wilderness Education Association

Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education 

National Recreation Parks Association 

IMEX America