Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Hosts 160 Appalachian College and University Students at Community Research Symposium 

Beginning today, students from 16 colleges and universities in 10 Appalachian states will share capstone research at the 22nd annual Appalachian Teaching Project symposium. 

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 2, 2022 — The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is hosting 160 students from 16 Appalachian colleges and universities for the 22nd annual Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) Symposium at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View in Arlington, Virginia, today, Friday, December 2, and Saturday, December 3, 2022.   

Supported by ARC and organized by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University (ETSU), participating schools offer a for-credit seminar during the fall semester to help students develop and execute field-based research projects that address the unique economic development needs of their communities and align with ARC’s investment priorities. 

As a capstone, students will present their work to other student delegations from participating institutions, ARC leadership, and community leaders in a formal peer-to-peer conference setting hosted by ARC and the Consortium of Appalachian Colleges and Universities. 

“Young leaders, such as the students who participated in this year’s Appalachian Teaching Project, are integral to shaping the future of economic development throughout Appalachia,” said ARC Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin. “I’m impressed by the hard work they put into their research projects and look forward to following their journeys as they continue to positively impact their communities, and communities across our region.” 

Student delegations from the following schools participating in this year’s ATP Symposium include:   

Alfred State College, Alfred, New York  

Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina   

Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama   

East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee   

Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Maryland  

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania   

Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky   

Muskingum University, New Concord, Ohio  

Ohio University, Athens, Ohio    

Radford University, Radford, Virginia   

University of North Alabama, Florence, Alabama   

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania   

University of Pittsburgh – Bradford, Bradford, Pennsylvania   

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee   

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia   

West Liberty University, West Liberty, West Virginia  

Summaries of each research project are available at on ARC’s website. 

Since 2001, more than 2,800 college and graduate students from 22 colleges and universities across Appalachia have participated in the Appalachian Teaching Project. During the symposium, ARC and ETSU will announce that ATP is being renamed to the Appalachian Collegiate Research Initiative (ACRI) to better reflect the valuable research participants prepare for communities. ARC has released an RFP seeking college and university applicants for ACRI in 2023. Applications are due March 31, 2023. 

ACRI is one of ARC’s four academies and institutes, offering experiential learning opportunities where participants build collaborative networks, hone skills, and foster an enduring commitment to Appalachia’s future.   

About the Appalachian Regional Commission  
The Appalachian Regional Commission is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 423 counties across the Appalachian Region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.