Georgia College Research Day 2023


The Student Research Conference will comprise a key component of the 1st Annual Georgia College Research Day on March 29, 2023.  This event will provide a platform for undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research across the university. 



MENTORS MUST complete the "verification of submission approval form" CERTIFICATION OF APPROVAL before students are permitted to participate.

26TH ANNUAL Student Research Conference 2023 VIP Requirements


Submission OPEN late fall 2022 and close early spring 2023 

Location TBD (Face-to-Face or Virtual)

The GC Student Research Conference provides undergraduates at Georgia College from all disciplines the opportunity to submit their mentored scholarly work for consideration to present to the campus community. 

ONLY abstracts for completed research or creative endeavors will be accepted for regular conference presentations. Work in progress will have its own session. Submissions must acknowledge whether work is complete or in progress.

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. Thus, students interested in presenting should consult with their faculty research mentor and submit their work according to the conference guidelines. No class projects are accepted.

Research requiring major revisions will NOT be accepted for presentation. Thus, obtain permission from your mentor and have your work checked by your mentor before submitting your abstract for consideration

Limitations on Presentations: There will be multiple times for poster sessions. There will be multiple breakout rooms for oral/performing arts presentations. Oral/performing arts presentations will be limited. If the conference reaches oral/performing arts capacity, student researchers may be offered to present as a poster presentation instead.

NO more than FOUR undergraduate student presenters per research project (1 author and 3 coauthors) maximum and NO more than ONE mentor per submission. Identify the mentor as the last coauthorMentors do not present and will NOT be listed as presenters but as mentors.
Students, please watch this important video about proper attire.

Faculty mentors are asked to identify students who have a scholarly and/or creative contribution to make to the conference and encourage them to submit it. (See Mentors Expectations Section below.) Faculty are also asked to share this opportunity with their classes and encourage students to attend.

Faculty mentors with students who have submitted research to the SRC are expected to serve as reviewers for the following year.

Abstract Requirements


1.   Secure permission from your mentor (ask him or her to fill out the CERTIFICATION OF APPROVAL form located in the "Mentor Expectation" section below (NO abstracts will be considered for the conference without the mentor filling out this form.

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

3.    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. 

4.    Provide a brief description of the research methodology. 

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

6.    Research or creative endeavor to be presented CANNOT be based on unsubstantiated assumptions, feelings, or beliefs.

7.    Include the text only (no images or graphics)

8.    Be well-written and well-organized. 


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. Select either Face-to-Face or Virtual

5.    Select the correct field of study that relates to your research. This may NOT be the same as your discipline. (See the drop-down list on the submission page)

The student researcher submitting the abstract for consideration is responsible for letting your mentor and any coauthors know of the decisions (minor edits, major edits, acceptance, or rejection).

Abstract 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 submission 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!

A maximum of two abstracts per primary author is 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 it.

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

Abstract Submission Link


Submit your abstract online

Poster Presentation Guidelines

POSTER Sessions - 60 minutes

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 MUST be present during the designated time to answer questions and provide further details. Poster requirements are landscape or portrait 44" x 36" (One PowerPoint Slide). 

Presentation Format

Each year's conference may possibly include oral and poster presentation formats in Gather Town or in-person on-campus. More details forthcoming. 

A minimum of 150 words and a maximum of 300 words

Oral Presentation Guidelines


12 minutes with 3-5 minutes for questions at the end of a 60-minute session

  • Each presentation is 15 minutes long. It is recommended to use 12 minutes to present and 3-5 minutes for discussion/questions.
  • The available equipment will be a PC and a projector. The PC will have sound to facilitate the use of DVD clips or videos.
  • The session PCs will have access to the Internet.
  • The recommended file type to be used for presentations  are PowerPoint.
  • The presentation files should be brought on a USB, memory stick, or a similar memory device.
  • Speakers are requested to upload their presentation on to the session PC and report to the session chair 10 minutes before the start of the session.
  • All presenters will be introduced to the audience by the session chair.
  • As the total duration of your presentations is 15 minutes, the recommended number of slides for your PowerPoint file is no more 15.


  • Its contents should be structured and have the following parts: title, introduction, methods, results, discussion, etc.
  • Presentations should not contain full paragraphs of text. Use a bulleted list or outline format and elaborate on the points in your talk.
  • Every slide should contain a title that summarizes the information presented on the slide.
  • Create a logical flow for your presentation.
  • Used fonts should be in sans serif type (like Arial or Helvetica). This is because, when projected on a screen, letters lose some of their sharpness, and serif type (like Times) can look muddy.
  • Use large fonts, as big as realistically possible. Small fonts are hard to read.
  • Use contrasting colors either a dark background with light text or a light background with dark text.
  • Avoid busy backgrounds that will make the text hard to read. Keep the background simple.
  • Limit your graphics to 1-3 per page. Too many graphics can be distracting.
  • Avoid all CAPITAL LETTERS IN YOUR TEXT. It will look like you're shouting.
  • Include a good combination of words, pictures, and graphics. Variety keeps the presentation interesting.
  • Slides are designed to supplement your presentation, not to BE your presentation. Keep it simple, and don't read your presentation word for word from your slides.
  • Fill out a storyboard before you begin to put your presentation together. It will help you stay organized, and things will get done faster.


  • Do not read from the slides or notes
  • Vary your choice of words.
  • Do not talk to the screen; maintain eye contact with the audience.
  • Use a laser pointer to indicate salient features of the slide as you speak (there will be one provided in the session room).
  • Speak loudly and articulate.

Source: ICERi Conference

Mentor Expectations

When working with a mentee in preparing the abstract for submission, please ...

1. Verify that all elements of the abstract meet the "Abstract requirements" and "Abstract Formatting Guide" sections above
2. Review the poster and/or oral/performance presentation guidelines with the mentee
3. Complete the "verification of submission approval form" CERTIFICATION OF APPROVAL
4. When minor edits are required please work with your mentee to address the reviewers concerns by assisting them in making the changes 

There is an expectation that mentors of students with abstracts presentations will serve as reviewers for subsequent SRC events.

COPLAC Conference Presentation Opportunity


The Southeastern URSCA COPLAC Conference will be held in Spring 2023. Ten of Georgia College’s undergraduate researcher presentations to be selected for presentation at the Southeastern URSCA COPLAC Conference.  

Are you interested in their prestigious opportunity?  Then you must indicate on your GC Student Research Conference (GCSRC) application your interest, have your abstract approved without any required revisions, and present at the GCSRC. Your abstract will be subjected to a double-blind review.

If you are interested in this exceptional Southeastern URSCA COPLAC Conference, please follow the additional steps:

1) Click on the following link below to read more about the Southeastern URSCA COPLAC Conference before making your decision to apply for consideration to present at COPLAC 2023.

2) Verify with your mentor and any co-authors that you have their consent to submit your abstract and attend the Southeastern URSCA COPLAC Conference.

3) Indicate on your GC Research Conference registration that you are interested in having your work reviewed for consideration as a presenter at the Southeastern URSCA COPLAC Conference.

4) Students accepted as presenters at the Southeastern URSCA COPLAC Conference must make a commitment that they fully participate in the conference, be prepared to ask questions or provide constructive comments to other presenters, and attend the entire conference.

For Posters, students can share 5-minute videos (maximum) discussing/explaining their work as well as pdfs of their posters, if desired. Be sure that you wear business casual attire or business attire.

For Oral Presentations (including Creative Writing), students can share a 10-minute.  Be sure your PowerPoint is professional following the best practices for PowerPoint design and that you wear business casual attire or business attire.

5) Watch this brief video on dressing for a presentation.

6) Selected participants will be expected to watch others' presentation at the conference.

The conference schedule will be hosted on a page off the COPLAC homepage (link to be shared later).

In a nutshell, ten (10) GC undergraduate research presentations will be selected to be presented by their researchers at the Southeastern URSCA COPLAC Conference.

MURACE will provide help if you need it. Please contact

Additional Information

For more information about the 26th GC Research conference, please contact:


Student Research Conference Committee Members

Conference Committee Members are required to play a significant role in planning, reviewing, and preparations for the conference. A committee member must participate in a meaningful way in preparation for and on the day of the conference. Any faculty or teaching staff interested in serving on this committee should contact us at Some roles a committee member may be asked to participate in are: 

  • I hope you all had a great break and are healthy. We are headed toward the time of year again for planning for the student research conference. It is our hope at MURACE that you plan to continue to serve on the SRC committee. 

    Some roles a committee member may be asked to participate in are: 

  • Serve as and Recruiting Reviewers,
  • Scheduling Presentations,
  • Creating and Stuffing Nametags,
  • Conference Logistics (including ordering food and other supplies, setup and takedown of sessions, placement of signage, etc.), 
  • Suggesting Awards,
  • Be Present in an Oral Presentation,
  • Serving at the Registration Desk,
  • Other Duties as Determined Necessary

Student Research Committee Members

Committee Members:

  • Tina Holmes-Davis, Assistant Professor, Music Department
  • Hasitha Mahabaduge, Assistant Professor, Physics
  • Samuel Mutiti, Associate Professor, Geology (Biological Sciences)
  • Brian Newsome, Honors Program
  • Mary Rickard, Management, Marketing & Logistics
  • Stefanie Sevcik, Lecturer, Humanities

  • David Weese, Assistant Professor, Environmental Science


Reviewers are expected to review "within the constraints of the rubric". Please do not provide comments or review outside the scope of the requirements for this conference (see "Abstract Requirements" and "Abstract Formatting Guidelines" in sections above on this page). 

Clarification of Decisions:

Minor Edits Required: These include formatting, spelling, grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, or title format errors

Major Edits Required: These include issues with missing or incorrect information found in the "Abstract Requirements" located on this page (work that only partially meets any of the requirements for 4-9 on the rubric) and/or is slightly above or below the word requirement of 150-300 words) WORKS WITH MAJOR REVISIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR PRESENTATION AT THE CONFERENCE

Reject: Shows a lack of scholarly content, does not have findings or conclusions to report, is incomplete work, is significantly less than 150-word minimum, and/or is so extremely poorly written that it does not reach the level expected for a college student

The plans are to have the rubric embedded into the Bepress portal for the 2023 SRC Conference.

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

How to have the best possible conference experience

For a full conference experience, please arrive by 9:00. Once you are registered, visit other students' presentations until time for your presentation. Arrive at the room for your presentation at least 10 minutes before the session is due to begin. During any sessions, do not leave the presentation room until all presentations are completed and do NOT be on any electronic devices including a cellphone. Browse through the poster sessions to find out what other researchers are doing. 

Presentation Schedule available: TBD

Conference Registration:  Free

Opens 9 a.m. and continues throughout the day

All presenters MUST sign in before presenting

Visitors must check-in and register

Times Forthcoming

Oral Presentation Sessions: TBD

Special Topics Presentation Sessions: TBD

Poster Sessions

COPLAC Conference Choice Announcement and COPLAC Registration: 3:30 p.m.

SRC Faculty Abstract Reviewers Instructions

Please watch a short YouTube video on SCR Reviewer Instruction before beginning the review process. If you have any questions, please email us at

What Are Digital Humanities Project?

A digital humanities project uses digital tools to investigate topics in the humanities. To name a few examples, DH projects may include interactive mapping, data and spatial visualization, podcasts, virtual reality, text and social network analysis, data structuring, web publishing, and much more.

In March OF 2022 at the Georgia College Student Research Conference a DH track for undergraduate students and their faculty mentors began for student contributions to the digital humanities. Students may deliver their scholarship in oral or poster presentations at the Spring 2023 on the GC Journeys Research Day.

When submitting, the student must select the discipline of "Arts and Humanities," and then click on the plus sign to select “Digital Humanities.”

Abstracts are due at the same time of the SRC submissions in Early Spring 2023, no later than 5:30 p.m. 

Submit your abstract online


A digital humanities project uses digital tools to investigate topics in the humanities. To name a few examples, DH projects may include interactive mapping, data and spatial visualization, podcasts, virtual reality, text and social network analysis, data structuring, web publishing, and much more.


In each newsletter, we’ll feature a DH project made by our students and faculty.

Winners of the Poster and Oral Presentation Award at the 25th and 24th Annual GC Student Research Conference

25th Annual SRC Conference Winners

Best On-Campus Oral Presentation: Robert Rozelle, "COVID-19 and the Effect on Grades," Dr. Jebessa Mijena, MATHEMATICS

Best On-Campus Poster Presentation: Maung Tlung, "Cyanobacteria community analyses and Cyanotoxicity testing in Lake Sinclair, Georgia," Dr. Kalina Manoylov, BIOLOGY (CbEL)

Best Virtual Sciences Poster Presentation Winner: Evan Sinclair, "The Importance of FGF2," Dr. Arnab Sengupta, BIOLOGY

 Best Virtual CbEL Poster Presentation: Abigail Sindersine, Eliza Berry, & Jessica Berry, "Creating Awareness of Sexual Assault on the GCSU Campus with the Women’s Center," Dr. Stefanie Sevcik, GENDER STUDIES 

24th Annual SRC Conference Winners

Best Oral Presentation Winner: Katie-Rose Borrello
Best Poster Presentation Winner: Jenna Bryson 

Conference Presentation Attire Do's and Don'ts