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Part of the Brainstorm

The annual GSW Undergraduate Research Symposium is an opportunity for students and faculty across campus to gather and share the remarkable amount of research work always ongoing here. The Symposium is a one-day event showcasing research and arts projects from GSW undergraduate students.  Projects are presented through academic posters, oral presentations, or other project mediums. Prizes are typically offered for the top projects in various disciplines.

Poster presentations go up early; the Wednesday evening before the Friday symposium.  Even if unable to attend the symposium itself, both students and faculty are encouraged to come examine the posters (northwest 2nd floor SSC hall) and submit their vote for the best overall poster.

2021 Project Award Winners

Oral Presentations:
  • First Place: Caleb Kot, “Calvin Coolidge, Ronald Reagan, and the Nature of American Conservatism”
  • Second Place: Dorothy Bryans, “Factors Affecting Consumer Behavior in The Entertainment Industry During And After COVID-19”
Poster Projects:
  • Faculty Choice: Theodore Hendrixson, “Is Perceived Professionalism of the Physician Affected by Their Decision to Wear a White Coat?”
  • Students’ Choice: Gabriella Lopresti, “Ovipositioning in Cavity Dwelling Mosquitoes at Different Heights”
  • Provost’s Choice: Olivia Moore, “The Isolation and Pathogenicity Assessment of Entomopathogenic Nematodes in the Genera Steinernema and Heterorhabditis”

Keynote Speaker

Due to COVID and the mixed format for the 2021 symposium, there will not be a keynote address this year.

Submitting Projects for Participation

To participate, students must complete and submit the Abstract Submission Form. The submission deadline for 2021 is March 12th.  This submission must be made by the project advisor through GeorgiaView.

FAQ

I presented in the Undergraduate Research Symposium last year. Can I participate again this year?

Yes, as long as the project you present this year is sufficiently different from the one you did last year. It is up to you and/or your faculty mentor to explain the differences to the organizing committee evaluating the abstracts.

I recently graduated, but I want to present on research that I did before I left GSW. Can I still present at the symposium even though I’m not a current GSW student?

Students who have graduated less than a year before the symposium can still present their research, provided the project has not been submitted to a previous GSW undergraduate research symposium.

I have more than one project I want to submit for the Symposium. Can I do that?

Yes, as long as the two projects are distinctly different. However, keep in mind that the logistics of when you give those presentations may affect this. For example, you cannot present two posters in the same symposium because there is only one poster session and you cannot stand at two different posters at the same time.

Will my faculty mentor be allowed to judge my project?

No. Faculty mentors will not be assigned to judge a session in which their student is competing. This is to avoid any conflicts of interest.

I’m doing a project that involves research on human subjects. Do I need to submit anything extra?

Yes. All studies involving human subjects MUST receive approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) before the project begins. This is in keeping with federal guidelines. You must submit proof of your IRB approval along with your abstract. For more information about IRB approval and how to obtain it, please see the Georgia Southwestern IRB website.