Student Research Symposium


Symposium Objective

The Student Research Symposium is an opportunity for USFSM students to present their work, learn from peers, and network with USFSM Faculty members. Graduate and undergraduate students from all USFSM Colleges are encouraged to submit an abstract describing their research results or art project. The submission of team projects is welcomed.

Important Dates

  • Spring 2014: Select a USFSM Faculty Member as a mentor.
  • Summer and Fall 2014: Begin project.
  • Friday, September 12, 2014: Last day to notify the symposium coordinator, Dr. Kim Badanich (, of their intent to submit an abstract.
  • Monday, September 15, 2014: Abstract submissions opens.
  • Friday, September 26, 2014 (11:59 pm): Last day to submit abstract.
  • Friday, October 10, 2014: Students notified of acceptance, presentation type, and presentation time.
  • Friday, October 24, 2014: Symposium will be held throughout the day (9 am – 2 pm) in Selby Auditorium.


  • Any USFSM undergraduate or Spring 2014 USFSM graduate can apply.
  • USF Tampa and USF St. Petersburg students may also participate but will be judged in a separate category “Affiliate Institutions” and will only be eligible for merit awards.
  • In order to receive an NCUR award, students must be registered for classes during the Spring 2015 semester.
  • Applicants must have a USFSM mentor to sponsor their submission.

Submit Your Research

All submissions require a 250 word abstract. A panel of faculty reviewers will evaluate submissions based on the project¹s significance within its academic discipline. An example of the scoring rubric is available on this website. Based on these reviews, the panel will select and invite students to present their work as a poster presentation. A select few will be asked to give an oral presentation.

Accepted Submission Types

  1. Any research/project mentored by USFSM faculty
  2. Performing arts
  3. Visual arts

Submission Guidelines

All submissions require a completed Submission Form and a 250-word abstract with the following information:

  • Research/Projects
    • The central research question/purpose
    • Brief discussion of the methodology
    • Results and conclusions
    • Project’s applications, significance and innovation
  • Performing Arts
    • Explanation of what the audience is to understand and performance significance
    • Outline of the steps, movement sequence, actions and forms
    • Timeframe (up to 15 minutes)
    • MP3, AIFF or WAV file or link to performance
  • Visual Arts
    • Brief discussion of methods
    • Statement that addresses significance, focus and innovation
    • Images of your artwork via a link of file

Awards (Pending Funding)

  • Four undergraduates will be nominated to present at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Travel awards will be granted to nominees based on acceptance at NCUR.
  • Additional awards will be available for outstanding students who are not eligible for NCUR.