*Why not propose a conference devoted to undergraduate research on the history of mathematics in the beautiful Smoky Mountains*?” I proposed, the RUMC program kindly accepted, and SMURCHOM was born. The Smoky Mountain Undergraduate Conference on the History of Mathematics might have an unwieldy acronym (no, it is not a conference for smirking or for small blue cartoon characters), but it has provided opportunities for students to share their work on and enthusiasm about the history of mathematics with their counterparts from institutions around the Southeast and beyond. Personally, SMURCHOM has given me a way to intensely motivate undergraduate research in my history of mathematics classes.