Research Symposium
Georgia Southern University

Student Scholars Symposium: Armstrong Campus

Armstrong’s 25th Annual Student Scholars Symposium

Armstrong has a proud tradition of student involvement in various scholarly and creative endeavors. Whether it’s turning a ceramic vase or synthesizing chemical compounds, students are working side by side with faculty making valuable contributions to their fields of expertise. The Symposium provides a venue for the campus and the community to come together to celebrate these accomplishments and to recognize the outstanding scholarly achievements made by our students. The 25th Annual Student Scholars Symposium will be held on April 24-25, 2019.

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Reflecting on their experience, previous presenters say:

“The Symposium feels like a conference with much less pressure since you’re talking to the professors you see in class and in the halls everyday. You get presentation experience to put on your resume and CV as well. You’re also surrounded by classmates in your discipline with similar interests based on your research topics, so you don’t feel like you’re alone when presenting. I loved presenting at the Symposium both years I participated.”
Mary Kate Moore, Class of 2018
“The experience of being able to present our intro to research project was AMAZING. It definitely helped to show my professors from the Psychology department that I am competent and knowledgeable about conducting and presenting research. This led to the pursuit of an undergraduate research grant and also a student job in the animal lab. It gave me the confidence and skills to be able to later pursue new conferences to present my work in addition to presenting this semester at our annual symposium. It made me a more confident and productive student of psychology.”
Katharine Field, Class of 2014

My experience focused my goal of teaching at a university by giving me an opportunity to present my research to my peers and professors.  The experience was a lot of fun and I believe the ability to speak professionally will help with obtaining a job.  The ability to condense a large research project into an articulated presentation is extremely valuable in any field, and these are the skills I honed at the symposium.”
Tannie Arnsdorff, Class of 2014


Presenter Guidelines


To participate, submit an abstract of no more than 250 words via the online submission form by the deadline. In your submission you will be asked to include the following information:

  • Presentation Title
  • Name of presenting student and co-authors
  • Name of faculty advisor
  • Indicate type of presentation (Poster/exhibit or oral/recital)
  • Indicate if the presenting student is a undergraduate or graduate student
  • Abstract of the scholarly endeavor to be presented (a maximum 250 words)

General abstract guidelines

  • To submit an abstract student(s) must be sponsored by Faculty mentor/Instructor.
  • Only online submissions will be accepted.
  • Late abstracts will not be accepted.
  • All faculty sponsors must be referenced in your submission.
  • Only one student can be listed as corresponding student/author (First Author).
    • Additional students can be listed as co-authors.
    • A student can be listed as a corresponding  author on only one abstract.
    • However, there is no limit to the number of abstracts on which a student can be a co-author.
  • The abstract must be written by the student presenter, but can be reviewed/edited by his or her faculty sponsor. Mentors/Instructors should not write the abstract, but are expected to guide the student in abstract development.
  • Submit abstracts as a word document ONLY
  • Submitted abstracts are limited to 250 words, and must contain:
    • Hypothesis or statement about the project or problem.
    • Statement about methods or procedures.
    • Essential results, outcomes, or product.
    • Conclusion or summary.
  • Upon receiving the abstract, you will be sent an e-mail confirmation.
  • Approximately one week prior to the symposium, you will receive an e-mail notifying you of your presentation time.

Posters & Exhibits

The primary purpose of a poster/exhibit presentation is the communication of scholarly work and ideas to one’s colleagues and the community. The poster/exhibit session provides an opportunity for informal individual discussions based on the visual material at hand. Authors and viewers alike find this opportunity to exchange ideas highly rewarding. Abstracts for poster/exhibit presentations are to be included in the poster/exhibit.

Preparation Guidelines

Poster elements should be mounted with an adhesive on freestanding poster board (i.e. trifold) no more than 4’ wide; either single panels of foam-core board or folding posters work well. The posters will be displayed on tables  (easels adjacent to the dining areas).
Some suggestions:

  • All visuals should fit into a space no wider than 48 inches (the typical width of a table)
  • Posters must be mounted on a typical trifold posterboard and should not exceed 36” x 48”.
  • Text and images should be visible from 5 feet away.

Oral Presentations & Recitals

Oral presentations will be 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions & answers.  Moderators will terminate presentations that are too long and will start each presentation on time. Presenters are asked to check in with the moderator before the first talk of each session. Each room will have a standard computer with projector and an overhead projector for use by presenters. If you need special equipment, please contact with your request prior to the due date for abstracts. Each room will be equipped with a standard computer. Any special software requirements must be communicated to prior to the due date for abstracts. If you use MacIntosh software to create your presentation, be sure that it will work on the typical PC or bring your own laptop to your presentation.


Schedule of Events

Please check back in March for the 2019 Symposium Schedule!


Previous Symposia

2018 Symposium

The 24th annual Symposium had 376 individual students from all four colleges making 227 presentations.

2017 Symposium

The 23rd annual Armstrong Student Symposium had 313 individual students from all four colleges making 210 oral and poster presentations.

Previous Symposia


The 22nd annual Armstrong Student Scholars Symposium had 316 students present 99 poster presentations and 82 oral presentations.


312 students participated in the 21st annual symposium, making almost 200 oral and poster presentations in the 21st annual Symposium.


The 20th annual Symposium boasted over 300 individual students from all four colleges making 200 oral and poster presentations.

Our Team

Armstrong’s Annual Student Scholars Symposium serves as an excellent venue to present your original research, scholarship, or creative activity to the campus and the community. If you have any questions please contact

The symposium is organized by members of the Undergraduate Research Faculty Board.  The committee operates under the Office of Academic Affairs to organize and promote this high-impact, student success initiative.


  • Dr. Allison Belzer (History)
  • Dr. Amy Potter (Geography)

Other Members

  • Jason Beck (Economics)
  • Austin Francis (Biology)
  • April Garrity (Communication Science)
  • Grant Gearhart (Foreign Language)
  • Jay Hodgson (Biology)
  • Karla Jennings (Communications)
  • Anne Katz (Education)
  • Lauren McMillian (Library)
  • Jeffrey Seacrest (Physics)
  • Lara Wessel (Political Science)
  • Josh Williams (Psychology)
  • Sarah Zingales (Chemistry)
  • Ana Beasley, GA for Undergraduate Student Success


Last updated: 10/9/2018