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Undergraduate Research Symposium: April 2015

Collaborative Learning Center NAHS
April 1, 2015

The Gordon State College Undergraduate Research Symposium invites the submission of scholarly papers in all disciplines for its fourth annual event.  Works of critical analysis, synthesis, evidence-based practice, original interpretation and primary research are all welcome.  Successful applicants will present their work at the college’s symposium on April 1, 2015 before a gathering of fellow students and faculty.  The symposium is a chance for students to share some of their more interesting intellectual efforts with the wider Gordon State College community, and present their accomplishments to a receptive and intellectually minded audience.

The guidelines for submission are divided into three separate discipline categories, so please make sure your submission follows the relevant directions.

Abstract Submission Deadline: February 20th, 2015

Social Sciences, Humanities, and Education

The guidelines for submission are as follows:

  • Submissions must be scholarly works of critical analysis, synthesis, original interpretation, or primary research presented in an accepted format of the relevant discipline.  Group research projects are eligible.
  • Submissions must consist of work of which the majority was completed while enrolled at Gordon State College.  Submissions do not necessarily have to have been submitted for a grade for any particular course.  The focus of the work should be relevant to the disciplines within the Departments of Business and Social Services, Humanities, and History and Political Science, and the School of Education.
  • Work that has been presented previously at an outside conference is eligible as long as the prior presentation occurred within one year of the Gordon Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • There are no restrictions as to the length of the work submitted, but if accepted for the symposium there will be a time limitation for the presentation of the work.  The actual presentation does not have to be a verbatim reading of the hardcopy submission, but final approval of the presentation method is with the organizing committee.
  • Two hard copies of the paper, as well as an electronic copy, should be submitted.
  • Applicants must also provide a letter of support from a faculty sponsor (of the student’s choosing) who is knowledgeable of the work.  The letter of support (email or hard copy) should be sent to Frank Winters, Associate Professor of History, Russell Hall, Room 104A (fwinters@gordonstate.edu).
  • Those seeking additional information or advice should feel free to contact Dr. Frank Winters (Russell Hall 104A), Dr. David Janssen (Honor's House #2), Dr. Stephen Powers (Academic Building 103N), or Dr. Erica Johnson (Russell Hall 103A).

Biology, Mathematics & Physical Sciences

The guidelines for submission are as follows:

  • Submissions must be scholarly work of original research that will be presented in the form of a poster presentation.
  • Submissions must consist of work of which the majority was completed while enrolled at Gordon College.  Submissions do not necessarily have to have been submitted for a grade for any particular course.  The focus of the work should be relevant to the disciplines within the Departments of Biology, and Mathematics and Physical Sciences (including Computer Sciences).
  • Work that has been presented previously at an outside conference is eligible as long as the prior presentation occurred within one year of the Gordon Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Applicants must provide an abstract of their work in electronic format.  The abstract is to include a title, names of all authors and their institutional affiliations, and a description of the study and findings.  The body of the abstract is not to exceed 150 words. 
  • All abstracts must be in Times Roman 12 point font.
  • Applicants must provide a letter of support from a faculty sponsor (of the student’s choosing) who is knowledgeable of the work or has participated in it.  Letters of support may be the format of a hard copy or in electronic; letters of support in electronic format must be sent by the supporting professor.
  • Poster presentations should fit within an area 36 inches high by 48 inches wide.
  • Abstracts and letters of support should be submitted to Dr. Amanda Duffus (227 Instructional Complex, aduffus@gordonstate.edu) or Dr. Greg Hartman (314-B Instructional Complex, ghartman@gordonstate.edu).

Nursing

The guidelines for submission are as follows:

  • Submissions must be scholarly work of original research that will be presented in the form of an oral or poster presentation.
  • Evidence based practice projects may be submitted in the form of an oral or poster presentation.
  • Submissions must consist of work of which the majority was completed while enrolled at Gordon State College.  Submissions do not necessarily have to have been submitted for a grade for any particular course. The focus of the work should be relevant to the disciplines within the School of Nursing.
  • Work that has been presented previously at an outside conference is eligible as long as the prior presentation occurred within one year of the Gordon Research Symposium.
  • Applicants must provide an abstract of their work in electronic format.  The abstract is to include a title, names of all authors and their institutional affiliations, and a description of the study and findings. The body of the abstract is not to exceed 150 words. 
  • All abstracts must be in Times Roman 12 point font.
  • Applicants must provide a letter of support from a faculty sponsor (of the student’s choosing) who is knowledgeable of the work or has participated in it.  Letters of support may be the format of a hard copy or electronic; letters of support in electronic format must be sent by the supporting professor.
  • Oral presentations will be allotted a total of 12 minutes: 10 minutes for the presentation with 2 minutes for questions from the audience.  
  • Poster presentations should fit within an area 36 inches high by 48 inches wide.
  • Whether the student presents orally or in poster format is at the discretion of the organizing committee.
  • Abstracts and letters of support should be submitted to Christina Quinn, RN, DNS (Nursing Building, cquinn@gordonstate.edu).