Georgia College Student Research Conference


March 9, 2018



Abstracts Submissions Open January 1, 2018 and close at 5:30 p.m. February 14, 2018

CONFERENCE DATE Friday, March 9, 2018

The GC Student Research Conference provides undergraduate and graduates Georgia College students from all disciplines the opportunity to submit their scholarly work for review to present to the campus community. 

Student Research in this context is interpreted as any scholarly or creative activity ranging from scientific experimentation, to service-learning, to literary criticism, to case-study design, to artistic expression and so on. Students from all disciplines are invited to submit their work for review. Upon completion of the review process, accepted scholarly work will be showcased at the conference.

Students interested in presenting should consult with their faculty research mentor and submit their work according to the conference guidelines.

Faculty are asked to identify students who have a scholarly and/or creative contribution to make to the conference and encourage them to submit it. Faculty are also asked to share this opportunity with their classes and encourage students to attend.

Abstracts MUST:

1.    Clearly, state the central research question and/or purpose of the project

2.    Provide a brief, relevant scholarly or research context (no actual citations required) that demonstrate its attempt to make a unique contribution to the area of inquiry. 

3.    Provide a brief description of the research methodology. 

4.    State conclusions or expected results and the context in which they will be discussed. 

5.    Include text only (no images or graphics)

6.    Be well-written and well-organized. 

Other Formatting Guidelines:

1.    Title in Title Case (e.g., The Brown Fox Ran Away)

2.    Title length (no more than 15 words)

3.    References are allowed within abstracts, but not required.

4.    The form will not process all formatting and special characters (e.g., scientific symbols). Use plain text format for your abstract. There is space in the form to include a link to online documentation, formulas, images, music files, etc. in support of your submission. You may use this space to provide a link to a location to view your abstract in its original form.

5.    Abstracts are usually 150-300 words long with no paragraph breaks. MAXIMUM LENGTH = 300 WORDS!

Have the following information available when submitting your abstract:

1.    Name and e-mail address for yourself, all faculty mentor, and all co-authors

3.    Presentation type: oral, poster, visual arts, or performing arts

4.    Field of study (See drop down list on the submission page)

Presentation Formats:

This year’s conference includes oral and poster presentation formats. 

  • Abstracts for ORAL, POSTER, VISUAL ARTS, OR PERFORMING ARTS presentations
    • A minimum of 150 words and maximum of 300 MAXIMUM
  • Poster Presentation - A poster is a static, visual medium (usually of the paper or board variety) that students use to communicate their research. The difference between poster and paper presentations is that students should let their poster do most of the "talking." The material presented on the poster should convey the essence of their message. However, students should also be present during the designated time to answer questions and provide further details. Poster requirements are landscape or portrait 4' x 5'.
  • ORAL, VISUAL ARTS, and PERFORMING ARTS Presentation Sessions  - 12 minutes with 3-5 minutes for questions at the end of a 60-minute session
  • POSTER Sessions - 45 minutes

Maximum of two abstracts per primary author are permitted. 

All abstracts will undergo a RIGOROUS REVIEW by a panel of faculty reviewers. Abstract reviewers will evaluate submissions based on the criteria listed above and will assess overall merit within the context of the specific academic discipline.

Note: The title and author(s) of your abstract will appear EXACTLY as they are entered in the abstract submission form. Please double check punctuation and spelling before submitting.

Contact the Writing Center about how to write a competitive abstract.

To submit your abstract, click on the link provided. SUBMIT ABSTRACT HERE.

Source of abstract requirements and details NCUR:


The conference will be held April 13-14, 2018 at the University of South Carolina, Aiken, just twenty minutes east of Augusta, Georgia. Up to ten (10) Georgia College undergraduate researchers will be selected from those indicating an interest in the conference and chosen from a blind review of the abstracts accepted without revisions. MURACE will make travel arrangements including hotel, registration, transportation, and meals not covered by the conference. If you are interested in the conference, received acceptance without revisions, and would like your abstract to be submitted for a blind review, please let us know in the registration process for the Georgia College Student Research Conference. Please check your class and assignment schedules for the COPLAC conference dates before applying to present there. Students accepted to present at COPLAC make a commitment that they will attend the entire conference, utilize the GC provided transportation, and utilized shared housing accommodations provide by MURACE. For more details click on the link below.

Additional Information

For more information about the 21st conference, please contact:

Dr. Doreen Sams at (Faculty Coordinator for MURACE and Conference Co-Chair)
Dr. JJ Arias at - Conference Co-Chair

Dr. Carrie Cook at - Conference Co-Chair

Steering Committee Members

Dr. JJ Arias, Economics
Dr. Christopher Clark, Economics
Dr. Brooke Conway, Economics
Dr. Carrie Cook, Government and Sociology
Dr. Flor Culpa-Bondal, Nursing
Dr. Steve Elliott-Gower, Honors Program, Chair of GC Student Conference COPLAC Review Committee
Dr. Jennifer Green, Mass Communications
Dr. Kelly Massey, Health Sciences
Dr. Kalina Manoylov, Biology and Environmental Science
Dr. Sam Mutiti, Biology and Environmental Science
Dr. Amy Pinney, Theatre
Dr. Allison VandeVoort, Environmental Science
Dr. Elaine Whitaker, English


Faculty reviewers serve the conference from nearly every discipline across campus. Thank you for your service