Remember that SRSD 2021 will be offered in an online format.
Please review our list of Frequently Asked Questions about SRSD. It is important that you review these FAQs with your mentor, particularly since the submission requirements are different for this year's "virtual" SRSD event.
See our new mobile-friendly web app (http://researchday.uscb.edu/app/) to help you navigate Student Research & Scholarship Day!
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
- Inquiry — An inquiry-based project, exploring a question (which may be in the form of a thesis statement) about a topic, using research methodologies appropriate for its discipline (for example, educational, historical, rhetorical, political, socio-cultural, or literary critical analysis).
- Oral Presentations
- Student Scholarship in the Humanities — literary & cultural criticism, storytelling, readings of original student written works
New for 2021: There is also a secondary designation that can be applied to any presentation category, if applicable: Social Justice – projects (submitted for consideration in all the other categories) that pose and address questions of diversity, equity, inclusion, and/or social justice are eligible for consideration and recognition for the first-annual USCB SRSD Social Justice Award.
Oral presentations must not exceed 20 minutes.
Electronically submitted posters will be made available online via the SRSD2021 mobile web app. Since SRSD2021 is a virtual event, posters will not be printed for this year's exhibition, but in the event that the student and mentor wish to print the poster for use during a future conference or other event, posters should still follow the usual formatting and size specifications (full-color 48” wide x 36” tall; see FAQ). 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 mentor who is a full-time faculty member at USCB. Participants must adhere to the following schedule and deadlines:
- Monday, March 15 - 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.
- Friday, April 9 at 11:59pm - Submission deadline for FINAL versions of project abstracts and/or artist statements. Be sure your mentor has approved your abstract by this time.
- Wednesday, April 14 at 11:59pm - Deadline for submission of students' posters (in PDF format) for posting on SRSD event website. Poster submission will be open starting on Monday, April 5 at 8:00am.
- While SRSD2021 is now a "virtual event," with all content to be hosted online, we would still like you to prepare your posters as if they could be printed, perhaps for re-use at another conference. Consequently, the instructions for poster preparation will remain the same as in past years.
- No updates or submissions will be permitted after this date.
Registering your Intent to Participate
SRSD uses an online application to manage registrations and abstracts/artist statements.
Click on the appropriate large button at the top of this page to begin the process, which includes the following steps:
Register for the website. Use your name and USCB e-mail address to register.
A password will be generated for you and sent to you as part of your registration confirmation email. Before you submit your abstract, please review the "Writing Abstracts" section at the bottom of the page.
- Login with your e-mail address and SRSD password (this will be different from your Blackboard password; if you don't know your SRSD password, you'll find it in your registration confirmation email.
- 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 email@example.com. (Please provide enough detail to reproduce the issue if necessary.)
Your abstract (or, for those in the Visual Arts category, your artist statement) must be 250 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:
We've compiled a list of potentially useful suggestions and guidelines for mentoring undergraduate researchers:
These instructions will be modified for the 2021 "virtual event," but here are the usual etiquette guidelines for previous in-person SRSD events:
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. Please note that the FAQs are currently under revision as a result of SRSD2021 being a virtual event; the revised FAQs will be posted soon.
Otherwise, if the FAQ document or this website doesn't address your concerns, then please feel free to email the SRSD co-chairpersons: