Undergraduate Student Symposium

Sponsored by the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, the Undergraduate Student Symposium showcases the outstanding scholarship of NSU undergraduate students through student poster displays, oral presentations, performances, and film presentations.

For the more than 10 years, this annual event has encouraged students to test their own hypotheses and uncover new ways of interpreting the world around them. Many of the projects featured at the symposium lead to further research, publication, or presentation at national conferences. Participating students develop mentoring relationships with faculty and experience firsthand the process and rewards of research and discovery. To prospective employers and graduate schools, these students demonstrate a unique and valuable level of academic engagement and initiative. NSU undergraduate students of all disciplines are encouraged to participate and attend.

Undergraduate Student Symposium Logo

Friday, April 10, 2015 | 1:00 p.m.
Performance Theatre
Performing and Visual Arts Wing | Don Taft University Center

The Annual Undergraduate Film Festival is part of the Undergraduate Student Symposium. Learn more about creating and submitting a film for judging and showing.

Symposium Schedule

Friday, April 10, 2015
Schedule subject to change




1:00-1:45 p.m.

All participating students are expected to attend.

Welcome and Introduction -
Don Rosenblum, Ph.D., Dean
Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences

Keynote Speaker - TBA

Performance Theatre, Don Taft University Center

1:45-3:00 p.m.

Poster Presentations*

Alvin Sherman Library Atrium

1:45-4:00 p.m. Student Film Festival Alvin Sherman Library

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Oral Presentations

Alvin Sherman Library

4:30 p.m.

Awards Ceremony
All participating students are expected to attend.

Performance Theatre

* Poster setup is required by 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 9, 2015. All posters must remain in the Alvin Sherman Library until 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10, and must be removed by a research participant from your group at that time.

Qualifying Projects

Due to limited space in the library, and the growing number of projects, applications will be evaluated by faculty to select qualifying participants for the symposium. Each division has established its own criteria and process for selecting projects to be included in the symposium.

Projects cover areas of student scholarship ranging from the experimental, the applied, and the computational, to the theoretical, artistic, and literary. They can stem from class assignments and independent projects. The definition of scholarship includes work presented in the biological and physical sciences, the social and behavioral sciences, computer science, mathematics, humanities, nursing, education, and business. Submissions can include journalism, literary analysis, philosophical and historical analysis, original films, and public speaking (informative or persuasive). The research does not have to be complete; presentations can represent any stage of a project's evolution, from proposal and literature review to fully completed experiments.

Application Process

Applications Accepted: Jaunary 5–February 20, 2015
Please return to this webpage during the application period to download and submit your application.

Students interested in participating should contact their academic division or college for more information. In order to participate, students must:

Review sample project timelines, abstracts, and complete projects here.

Mandatory Training for Research Involving Human Subjects

For research projects involving humans, researchers and the faculty sponsor must complete CITI training prior to submission of a project for Institutional Review Board approval. This training also is required for projects that seek IRB exemption. The training is offered online on the CITI training Web site. Investigators must register, personally, prior to completion of the training modules. Please complete the online form with your faculty sponsor.

Investigators who will be conducting research in science/biomedical areas must complete (at a minimum) the following modules:

Investigators who will be conducting research in social/behavioral sciences or humanities (if human subjects are involved) must complete (at a minimum) the following modules:

As appropriate, additional training modules may be required depending on the specific research.

Symposium Judging Criteria, Prizes

All participants in the symposium gain valuable experience, presentation skills, and recognition by their peers and the college. Judging takes place during each presentation, and prizes will be awarded at the end of the day for outstanding projects in various categories. As you plan your presentation, be sure to address each of these aspects.

Note: The criteria listed below will be used to select the winners on the day of the symposium (not to determine which projects will be included in the symposium).

Research projects will be judged on the following criteria:

Oral performances will be judged on the following criteria: