Georgia College Research Day 2023


What is research day?

GCSU Research Day, which will take place on Wednesday, March 29th, 2023, will be a campus-wide event during which students will have the opportunity to present research or support their peers who are sharing their work. Research Day is an expansion of the GC Student Research Conference, and will also encompass day two of the Women's and Gender Studies Symposium. Along with this, other entities around campus are going to work to provide fun activities for students to enjoy! Stay tuned for more information about what fun events will be happening on Research Day 2023.

Who can participate in Research day?

All students can participate in Research Day, from the undergraduate to the doctorate level. Along with this, students of all disciplines can submit a proposal which is pertinent to their area; for instance, dance students can submit a proposal to perform at Research Day, art students can submit a proposal for a painting, and creative writing students can submit a proposal for a story. This event is not just for STEM students; all students are encouraged to submit proposals. Presentations will be approximately 10 minutes each, with students being grouped together based on discipline in 1 hour sessions. 

What is Student Research?

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

All abstracts for undergraduates must be approved by the faculty mentor in order to be presented at Research Day. 

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. Faculty are also asked to share this opportunity with their classes and encourage students to attend. 

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 Research Day 2023 Mentor Approval Form
4. When edits or revisions are required to meet the standards for rigor, style, and completion of your discipline, please work with your mentee to address the reviewers concerns by assisting them in making the changes or direct them to a MURACE consultation at the GCSU Writing Center.  Upon your approval of the abstract submission, the project will be automatically accepted into Research Day 2023.

Early bird submissions are being accepted now through February 1, 2023.  All students who submit an early bird proposal will automatically be entered into a raffle to win a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card! To submit your proposal, click HERE.

Note: For Regular Undergraduate Submissions: Mentors MUST complete the Mentor Approval Form before students are permitted to participate.  There will be no formal review of submissions upon final approval by the mentor. To begin the process of being paired with a faculty mentor, click HERE.

* This form does not need to be completed for graduate student submissions or Women's and Gender Studies Symposium submissions. * 

For more information about event expectations and requirements, keep scrolling. To learn more about GCSU Research Day, visit our social media pages linked on the side bar or the GUCR Facebook page, linked HERE

Additional Information 

For more information about Research Day, please contact MURACE 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. 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


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). 

Oral Presentation Guidelines


10 minutes with time for questions at the end of a 60-minute session

  • Each presentation should be approximately 10-minutes long.
  • 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.


  • 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

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

What Are Digital Humanities Projects?

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.

Previous Winners

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 

Abstract Documents