Frequently Asked Questions

What happens at the Symposium?

The Symposium is a day-long event that includes a variety of activities, from oral and poster presentations to a lunchtime Plenary Address by USM alumnus Lance Brown, Executive Director of Partners for Affordable Clean Energy (PACE).  The Symposium also includes an Arts Showcase, highlighting student work in theater, music, dance, and the visual arts, and an awards ceremony.  

Here is the tentative schedule:

      Saturday, April 22nd, Scianna Hall

7:30 a.m.

Registration and refreshments

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Concurrent paper sessions

10:00-11:15 a.m.

Concurrent paper sessions II

11:15 - noon

Plenary speaker, Lance Brown

noon - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch, Trent Lott Center Rotunda

1:00 -  2:30 p.m.

Poster presentations

2:30 -  3:30 p.m.

Concurrent paper sessions III

3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

Arts Show Case (Scianna Hall Auditorium)

5:00 p.m.

Awards Ceremony (Scianna Hall Auditorium)

How do I register for the Symposium?

Everyone who will be attending the Symposium should register, even those who plan to just stop by to hear a friend’s presentation. You will not be able to join us for lunch unless you have registered. 

I’m going to give a presentation at the Symposium? How do I register?

If your project is accepted for presentation, you will be sent a link where presenters may register. It may also be found here. When you visit the registration desk on the day of the Symposium, you will be given a name badge, program, T-shirt, and goodie bag.

How do those who are attending but not presenting register?

You may find the appropriate form here. Everyone is welcome at the Symposium, including family members and friends that may wish to see presentations. Nonpresenters will be given a program at the registration desk on the day of the Symposium and also may enjoy a free lunch if they sign up.

I’m a graduate student who will be moderating a session at the Symposium? How do I register?

Graduate students who are moderating sessions may register here. You will be receiving a name badge, program, and T-shirt at registration as well as a free lunch.


I’m a faculty member who will be judging presentations at the Symposium? How do I register?

Faculty judges will find their registration form here. You similarly will be receiving a name badge, program, and T-shirt at registration along with a free lunch.


I’m an undergraduate student, but I’m not presenting. Should I still attend the Symposium?

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. You can list your participation on your resume/CV, and will support your peers by coming to hear their research. 

Stay Tuned!

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 (#UGS2017).
Questions? Contact  Dr. Ellen Weinauer.
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