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The annual GSW Undergraduate Research Symposium is an opportunity for students and faculty from all fields of study to gather and share the remarkable amount of research work always ongoing around our campus. Last year’s inaugural event was a great success, and we will continue in April 2019 with our 2nd annual symposium. 

About the Symposium

The Symposium is a one-day event showcasing research projects from GSW undergraduate students.  Projects are presented through academic posters, oral presentations, or other project mediums (e.g., art projects).  Prizes are offered for the top projects in various disciplines.

Poster presentations will go up early; the evening of Wednesday, April 10th.  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.

Keynote Speaker

Yes. Dr. Betty Elder will address the symposium as the keynote speaker. Dr Elizabeth Elder has taught microbiology to undergraduates for almost 40 years. This included 23 years at GSW from which she retired as Chair of Biology in 2003. After GSW, Dr. Elder taught at Louisiana State University at Alexandria for many years before she again retired as Chair of Biology. After retirement, she served as a lecturer at Auburn University teaching immunology. In addition to teaching, Dr Elder has a great passion for undergraduate research. Over her long career she has mentored many biology students through their research projects along with being active in her own research. More than a few students can thank Dr Elder for igniting their love for science that resulted in very successful careers in science and industry.

The symposium will be held on Friday, April 12.

  • 8:00am - Orientation for presenters, moderators, and judges
  • 8:30-10:30 - Oral presentations (SSC 2410 and 2417)
  • 10:30-11:45 - Poster presentations (west/north 2nd-floor SSC hall) 
  • 12:00 -  Lunch starts (participants only)
  • 12:30-1:15 - Keynote address
  • 1:15 - Awards presentation

How do I submit?

The submission deadline for 2019 has passed. Start preparing for next year!

Useful Files

Abstract Submission Form

Oral Presentation Judging Rubric

Poster Creation and Printing Guidelines

PowerPoint Poster Template


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