Symposium of Student Scholars

convocation center

April 16, 2020

Important Updates!

  • Due to concerns related to the coronavirus, the 2020 Symposium of Student Scholars will be held virtually. More details coming soon. Some questions are currently answered in the "Frequently Asked Questions" section below.

  • The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to Sunday March 29, 2020 at 11:59pm.

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.

The Symposium of Student Scholars showcases 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" in the program.

**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.

Click here to view the 2018 program. 

  • The event will be held on Thursday April 16, 2020. All sessions, regardless of type, will be held in 15-minute increments using a unique Microsoft Teams calendar invite link. The specific schedule will posted soon. The general schedule is below:

    • Session
    • Morning Presentations
      9:30am - 12:00pm
    • Lunch and Learn Session (more details coming soon)
      12:00pm - 1:15pm
    • Afternoon Presentations
      1:30pm - 4:30pm


  • There are prizes for the top posters and presentations. To view past winners, click here

    The judging rubric can be found here

    • Click here for the Symposium of Student Scholars application, which is an online application through KSU Digital Commons. (Please note that you may have to set up an account on Digital Commons if you have not done so already.)  
    • 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 of Student Scholars 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 of Student Scholars, showcasing all of the great projects at KSU.
    • Proposals can be submitted as 15-minute oral presentations, performances, art displays, or posters. 
    • 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.

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

    • We hope you do. We understand that you might not have a completed study, but you probably have preliminary information that you can present. This year, everyone will understand that there were challenges, and they will not give you a hard time for not having completed your project.

    • We will be using Microsoft Teams to host the Symposium this year. Teams will allow multiple people to virtually attend a session. Presenters can share their screen to show a powerpoint, a poster, or other visuals. Attendees can ask questions virtually or by using a chat box within the session. More details on how to specifically use Teams for the Symposium will be coming soon, but in the meantime, you can check out the UITS Documentation Center to download some manuals on Teams if you are interested. Click here and then on Microsoft Office on the left-hand side. Scroll down until you Teams.

    • Yes! People not affiliated with KSU can join in. Instructions about how this will happen will be coming soon.

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

    • 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 of Student Scholars 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.

    • Judges are faculty volunteers; sometimes there are no judges (or not enough judges) from a particular discipline. If you would like to see better representation of your discipline, encourage your professors to attend the Symposium of Student Scholars and sign up to be a judge. 

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