Research Symposium

Georgia Southern University


The Research Symposium is a conference style showcase of student and faculty research across multiple disciplines. This event includes speakers, poster and presentation sessions from all academic disciplines.

This marks the 14th year that Georgia Southern University has hosted the Annual Research Symposium. In past years, the Symposium has existed in different forms, mainly showcasing graduate research efforts as coordinated by the College of Graduate Studies. However, in keeping with our mission as a comprehensive university with a strong presence of undergraduate research and a reach that extends far beyond Statesboro, we are inviting students and faculty to participate, as well as participants both from within and external to the University.

2015 Jack N. Averitt Award

The Averitt Award is the highest honor bestowed upon graduate students within the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies. Through nominations from each department’s graduate program faculty, two semi-finalists will be chosen by the Graduate Program’s Director/Coordinator, one from each category (Excellence in Research and Excellence in Instruction). The Averitt Award will consist of two separate $1,000 cash prizes and a Crystal Eagle trophy. This trophy has been specially designed for the award and
clearly denotes the name of the awardee and the classification of the award (Excellence in Research or Excellence in Instruction).


2015 Averitt Award Winner: Zachary Dietrich – Excellence in Research


2015 Averitt Award Winner: Joshua Holloway – Excellence in Instruction 

Photo Album

The following link will access the photo album from the 2015 Research Symposium.

2015 Presentation and Poster Winner

A review committee evaluated each submission for content and relevance. Cash prizes were awarded to students for top poster and top presentation per research topic area. Student poster and presentations were judged and awarded based on abstract/proposal submissions and the presentation of their work on the day of the Symposium. All prize winning presentations & posters were posted in Digital Commons. The attachment of winners are below by each respective department.

Winners List





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