Georgia College Student Research Conference








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CREATE a video of your presentation to be considered for an award in the library - details provided in the link below
AWARDS for BEST Oral/Performance (must be present at the conference to be considered for an award - if presenting at a conference n the day of this conference a student will be considered for the COPLAC Conference if they indicate an interest in presenting)
AWARDS for BEST Poster Presentation (must be present at the conference to be considered for an award - if presenting at a conference n the day of this conference a student will be considered for the COPLAC Conference if they indicate an interest in presenting)
For details click on the following linkLINK

ABSTRACTS SUBMISSION OPEN - JANUARY 6, 2020 AND CLOSE AT 5:30 p.m. on March 13, 2020

The GC Student Research Conference provides undergraduates at Georgia College from all disciplines the opportunity to submit their scholarly work for review to present to the campus community. ONLY abstracts for completed research or creative endeavors will be accepted.

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.

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 two times for poster sessions. There will be one oral/performing arts time for 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 coauthor. Mentors do not present and will NOT be listed as presenters but as mentors.
Students, please watch this important video by clicking on the following link: Video

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.

Abstracts MUST:

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. 

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 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).

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!

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.

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

ABSTRACTS due no later than 5:30 p.m. on March 13, 2020

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

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

Abstracts for ORAL, POSTER, OR PERFORMING ARTS presentations

A minimum of 150 words and a maximum of 300 words

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". CHECK WITH YOUR ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT BEFORE PRINTING ANY POSTER AS MANY DEPARTMENTS HAVE PRINTER POSTERS.


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 is 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.

Recommendations to Make a Good Oral Presentation

  • 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

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.


The conference will be held April 17-18, 2020 at New College in Sarasota Florida, with up to ten (10) Georgia College undergraduate researchers to be selected from those indicating an interest in the conference and chosen from a blind review of the abstracts accepted for the GC Research Conference without revisions. MURACE will make travel arrangements including hotel, registration, and transportation. Most meals are covered by COPLAC, However, any meals not covered by the conference will be at the presenter's expense. If you are interested in the conference, received acceptance without revisions, and would like your abstract to be submitted for a blind review, please follow the following steps:

1) Please check your class and assignment schedules for the date and times of the COPLAC conference,

2) Verify with your professors that you will be able to attend and make up any work required during the time of the conference (students accepted as presenters at the COPLAC Conference must make a commitment that they will attend the entire conference),

3) Click on the following link and read about the conference before making your decision to submit your abstract for consideration for the COPLAC Conference: COPLAC,

4)  Watch this important video by clicking on the following link: Video,

5) Click on the following link to read more about the COPLAC Conference before making your decision to apply for consideration to present at COPLAC 2020: COPLAC 2020, and

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

7) Create a video - Click on the following link for details LINK

For more information about the 23rd GC Research conference, please contact:

Dr. Doreen Sams at (Faculty Coordinator for MURACE) or
Dr. Kelly Massey at

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: 

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

Student Research Committee Members

Kelly Massey, Co-Chair, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science, Health and Human Performance
Dee Sams, -CoChair, MURACE Faculty Coordinator
Damian Francis, Assistant Professor, Health and Human Performance
Hasitha Mahabaduge, Assistant Professor, Physics
Tina Holmes-Davis, Assistant Professor, Music Department
Samuel Mutiti, Associate Professor, Geology (Biological Sciences)
Meridith Styer, Assistant Professor, Rhetoric
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 2020 SRC Conference.

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

For a full conference experience, please arrive between 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. for breakfast and registration. 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. Have lunch with everyone in the commons area of HSB (third floor) and during lunch while enjoying your sandwich browse through the poster sessions to find out what other researchers are doing. 

Presentation Schedule available: TBD

Facilities maps For coming

Conference Registration:  TBD

Opens 8:30 a.m. and continues throughout the day

All presenters MUST sign in and pick up their name tag and lanyards before presenting

Visitors must check-in and register

Presenters are asked to wear their name tags during the entire event

Continental Breakfast: Location to be Announced

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Oral Presentation Sessions: TBD

Theatre Presentation: TBD

Box Lunches: TBD

Noon - 1 p.m. 

Poster Sessions

 ​COPLAC Conference Choice Announcement and COPLAC Registration: TBD

2:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.




GC Marketing Research Students Handling Registration SRC 2018Registration 2018Dr. JJ Arias at Registration TablePoster Session ChairsSession Chair and Timer - GC Marketing Research ServiceSession attendees and presentersPoster presenters presenting at 2018 SRCPoster session activity



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