University of South Carolina Beaufort
2018 Student Research
and Scholarship Day
Keynote Speaker:
Kitty Ferguson, M.A.
Science writer and lecturer
Bestselling author of Stephen Hawking: Quest for a Theory of Everything

USCB Bluffton Campus, Recreation Center
All events are free and open to the public.

Come learn, share, talk, and develop new ideas
in a friendly, collegiate atmosphere!


Schedule of Events (tentative and subject to change)

  • Oral Presentations on Student Scholarship in the Humanities
    10:00am - 12:00pm, Recreation Center Gymnasium

  • Lunch (for presenters and judges)
    12:00pm - 1:00pm, 105 Campus Center

  • Interdisciplinary Research and Scholarship Public Poster Session
    1:00pm - 3:00pm, Recreation Center Gymnasium

  • Keynote Address
    3:30pm - 4:30pm, Recreation Center Gymnasium

  • Awards Ceremony
    4:30pm - 5:00pm, Recreation Center Gymnasium

  • Book Signing with Kitty Ferguson, SRSD2018 Keynote Speaker
    5:00pm - 5:30pm, Recreation Center Gymnasium
    Ms. Ferguson's book will be available for purchase in the gym between 1-3pm and at the book signing. Or feel free to bring your own previously purchased copy.

About SRSD

Please review our list of Frequently Asked Questions about SRSD.

Student Research & Scholarship Day (SRSD) is an annual event to showcase the research and scholarship activities of USCB students.

In preparation for SRSD, students join with faculty mentors to produce research and scholarship in the following categories:

  • Poster Presentations
    • Hypothesis-Driven — basic and applied research, testing a hypothesis using inferential statistics
    • Issue-Based — non-hypothesis based applied research, examining a socio-cultural, educational, political, health-related, economic, or technological issue.
    • Descriptive — non-hypothesis based research, guided by a question or set of questions
    • Visual Arts — Presentations of creative/artistic renderings
    • Innovation/Application — Non-hypothesis driven project to develop a novel technique, algorithm, or procedural method for pedagogy, information processing, engineering, problem solving, or domain-specific best practices
  • Oral Presentations
    • Student Scholarship in the Humanities — literary & cultural criticism, storytelling, readings of original student written works

On the day of the event, both the oral and poster presentations will take place in the Recreation Center. Students presenting posters will be available to discuss their work during the Poster Viewing Session. See the Agenda for times.

Lunch will be provided free to all presenters, faculty mentors, and judges.

Oral presentations must not exceed 20 minutes.

Electronically submitted posters (see FAQ) will be printed (full-color 48” wide x 36” tall) by the SRSD Committee. For your convenience, Powerpoint-based poster templates are now available for each of the poster categories. (To download: Right-click on the link, and then choose "Save Link As..." from the contextual menu that appears.)

Presenting at SRSD

A student may present either an individual or group project at SRSD and must have a faculty mentor. Participants must adhere to the following schedule and deadlines:

  • Thursday, March 3 - Begin open registration period of intent to participate in SRSD, with the student’s name, the mentor’s name, project title, and poster category. Abstracts are not due at this time.
  • Monday, April 2 - Submission deadline for FINAL drafts of project abstracts and/or artist statements
  • Monday, April 9 - Deadline for Mentor Approval of abstracts and/or artist statements and Submission of students' poster Powerpoints (in .pptx format) for printing. No updates or submissions will be permitted after this date.

Submission Requirements

Registering your Intent to Participate

SRSD uses an online application to manage registrations and abstracts/artist statements. Click on the large button at the top of this page to begin the process, which includes the following steps:

Register for the website. Use your USCB e-mail address and create a password specific to this event (not your USCB username and password). Before you submit your abstract, please review the "Writing Abstracts" section at the bottom of the page.

  1. Login with your e-mail address and new password.
  2. Fill in the form to complete your abstract submission, and click Submit. Abstracts and artist statements can be edited by the mentor for any special characters or formatting required.

After you submit, you’ll receive an e-mail as a receipt. Your mentor will also receive an e-mail.

If you have technical problems with any part of the registration or submission process, please contact the SRSD Webmaster, Dr. Brian Canada, at (Please provide enough detail to reproduce the issue if necessary.)

Writing Abstracts

Your abstract (or, for those in the Visual Arts category, your artist statement) must be 300 words or fewer.

If you have received financial support for your project, you should acknowledge that at the end of the abstract.

Resources for writing abstracts:

Mentoring Tips

We've compiled a list of potentially useful suggestions and guidelines for mentoring undergraduate researchers:

Presentation Etiquette

The people who come to visit your poster at SRSD come from a more general audience than you'd encounter at a highly specialized academic conference. Therefore, we strongly suggest that you should design and present your poster with a general public audience in mind.

We've also prepared a list of tips for conducting yourself professionally during the poster session:

For More Information

Before you contact us: Please make sure to review the Frequently Asked Questions—it's highly possible that your question may be answered there.

Otherwise, if the FAQ document or this website doesn't address your concerns, then please feel free to email the SRSD co-chairpersons: