2014 Symposium

2014 Symposium

Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity

April 11 - 12, 2014

The Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) and the College of Arts & Letters (A&L) are proud to co-host this year’s Undergraduate Symposium.  We are excited that all colleges on campus are co-sponsoring this event, and we hope to see undergraduate students from across campus participate in large numbers as both presenters and attendees. This year’s Symposium promises to be an exciting one!


Students who have not yet engaged in research are especially encouraged to come to the Symposium to see what student research is all about and learn how they might get involved in the future. Why should you?

  1. Build your resume/CV by listing your participation.
  2. Learn how to present next year. We will have a panel that addresses how students can start getting involved in research if they haven’t already.
  3. Support your peers by coming to hear their research.
  4. Free food, including a Friday night reception, Saturday snacks and lunch.
  5. Registration bags & door prizes! The first 175 students who register for the Symposium will get registration bags with goodies and a free t-shirt, and all attendees will have a chance to win door prizes.
  6. It’s free!

Click HERE to register.

SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE - Click here for a detailed schedule

Friday, April 11th, 2014     Theatre & Dance Building

4:00pm-5:00pm   Hartwig Theatre. Welcome and opening talk by Dr. Kathleen Burns, faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Dr. Burns will address the importance of being involved as an undergraduate. As a former Southern Miss student herself, Dr. Burns understands the campus and is excited to talk with current students.

5:00pm-6:00pm  Hartwig Theatre. Dance performances by undergraduate students from the Department of Dance. This event will showcase the choreography and performance of some of our best undergraduate dance students, highlighting a range of dance styles and traditions.

6:00pm- Lobby. Reception with heavy hors-d’oeuvres & registration (including nametag and bag pick-up)

Saturday, April 12th, 2014    Liberal Arts Building

7:30am-8:00am   Lobby. Continental breakfast and late registration (including nametag and bag pick-up)

8:00am-9:15am   Concurrent Paper Session I. (in various rooms of LAB, details to be announced in April)

9:15am-10:15am   Poster Presentations (on 2nd floor of LAB)

10:30am-11:45am    Concurrent Paper Session II. (in various rooms of LAB, details to be announced in April)

12:00-1:15pm  Powerhouse Restaurant. Lunch, featuring music by undergraduate student performers.

1:15pm-1:45pm    Cook Library Learning Commons Gallery. Student Art Show.

2:00pm-3:15pm     Concurrent Paper Session III. (in various rooms of LAB, details to be announced in April)

3:30pm-4:30pm    Special Sessions:

  1. Theatre showcase of undergraduate student performances (LAB 108, Gonzales Auditorium
  2. Panel presentation, “Getting Involved in Undergraduate Research”
    • Dr. Gordon Cannon, Vice-President for Research
    • Dr. Susan Bourland, Director of the McNair Scholars Program
    • Dr. Douglas Masterson, Steering Committee for the Center for Undergraduate Research

4:45-5:30    Awards and concluding comments, Dr. Denis Wiesenburg, Provost


 Please check this website frequently, as we will add to it as the Symposium nears. We would appreciate you helping us publicize this Symposium through word of mouth and social media (#UGS2014).  Questions? Contact Dr. Amy Chasteen Miller at amy.chasteen@usm.edu