Symposium of Student Scholars

Symposium_ProgramThursday, April 20, 2017

See photos from the 2017 Symposium of Student Scholars here!

Co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Club and the Office of Undergraduate Research, the Symposium of Student Scholars is an event to showcase student scholarship conducted at KSU during the past academic year. In previous years, we have had a great deal of disciplinary diversity in projects presented, including readings of new works from authors, performances of new compositions from musicians, explanations of curricular innovations from educators, innovative business models from entrepreneurs, urban landscape analyses from geographers, and a wide variety of scientific research papers.

For the first time, the Symposium of Student Scholars will showcase research conducted by ALL KSU students, not solely undergraduates. KSU graduate students are encouraged to present the results of their research projects. Their work will be designated as "Graduate" during the poster and presentation sessions.

**We encourage ALL KSU students engaging in research/creative activity during the last academic year to submit their projects to the Symposium of Student Scholars. Even if you are unable to physically present your work at the Symposium, your project and the names of all authors and co-authors will be recognized in the program.

2017 Symposium Program (PDF)

Past programs for the Symposium of Student Scholars can be found here.

Past presentations from the Symposium of Student Scholars can be found here

There are prizes for the top posters and presentations; the judging rubrics can be found here:

Call for Proposals

Deadline for Submissions: March 20th, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

  • A separate form should be used for each individual project.
  • All projects submitted will be recognized in the program. Those students choosing to present at the Symposium will have their abstracts published in the program.
  • We encourage ALL graduate and undergraduate students engaging in research/creative activity during the past year to present their work at the Symposium, showcasing all of the great projects at KSU.
  • Proposals can be submitted as 15-minute oral presentations, performances, art displays, or posters. Posters can be printed for free here: CETL Poster Printer.
  • Please complete this form even if you are unable to attend the event. We would like this program to be a comprehensive list of all student research and creative activity conducted at KSU during the past year.

Symposium of Student Scholars Application

*Note: You will need to write an abstract for your submission if you are presenting at the Symposium. For examples of past abstracts, check out past Symposium programs here

In the box below, add all additional faculty sponsors' information on a different line separated by commas. Make sure to include Name, Department, and Email. Example: 

John Doe, English,

Jane Doe, History,

Make sure to include Name, Department, Email, and Student Status. Example: 

John Doe, English,, undergraduate student. 

Jane Doe, History,, graduate student.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes - we are happy to accept the research you completed while a student at KSU in the past year. 

  • As long as you are not currently in grad school and as long as you graduated relatively recently (within the last year), you are eligible to present your research at the Symposium. If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, Dr. Amy Buddie (

  • This is normally not allowed because it gives the impression that you have done more research than you actually have. HOWEVER!! In this case, it is permissible. The Symposium of Student Scholars is a chance to show off your work to the campus and larger community; we want to see what you’ve done at these other conferences. If you are creating a resume/vita, you should somehow indicate that the presentation at the Symposium is the same as a presentation elsewhere.

  • Definitely! Any student who has engaged in undergraduate research/creative activity during the past year is eligible to get his/her name in the program. You can present the finished research at the Symposium of Student Scholars next year, or you can present preliminary data this year if you wish.

  • Definitely! All students, faculty, administrators, staff, and community members are welcome to attend, regardless of whether they have research to present. Attending the Symposium of Student Scholars is an excellent way to see the research opportunities available at Kennesaw State University.

    • Event
    • Poster Session #1
      2:30pm - 3:30pm
    • Remarks from the President and Provost and Recognition of all Student Researchers
      4:00pm - 4:45pm
    • Poster Session #2
      5:00pm - 6:00pm
    • Oral Presentations/Performances/Visual Arts Displays
      6:15pm - 8:15pm