Student Research Conference

27th Annual Student Research Conference

April 17 - 18, 2019  /  University Center Ballroom



Upload Your Oral Presentation Visual Aid (e.g. PowerPoint) HERE!

Submit a Poster Printing Request to the EDvolution Center HERE!

Download the Participant Guide HERE!

Download the 2019 Program HERE!

What is the student research conference?

The goals of the SRC are to encourage, attract, recognize, promote, and showcase research performed by both undergraduate and graduate students across all disciplines and to promote a culture that values research and scholarly and creative activity at Southeast Missouri State University.

Why should I participate?

Participation in the research conference affords a number of benefits to student presenters, faculty sponsors, audience members, and the university community as a whole. In addition to personal and professional benefits, outstanding student presenters are eligible to compete for recognition and monetary awards for best oral and poster presentations (1st: $250; 2nd: $150; 3rd: $100) at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Senior Capstone Symposium participants are also eligible for monetary awards (1st: $250; 2nd: $150; 3rd: $100). In addition to the new award structure, also new this year, written papers are not required for oral or poster presentations, and everyone who presents will be evaluated based on a scoring rubric, will receive feedback on their presentation to help them improve, and will be considered for the appropriate award.

How can I participate as a presenter?

  • Oral Presentation

    An oral presentation is a 15-17 minute speech you present to an audience providing an in-depth explanation of your research. It is accompanied by a visual aid such as a PowerPoint slideshow and concludes with a 3-5 minute question and answer session. This is a great chance to develop and refine your public speaking skills.

  • Poster Presentation

    A poster is a visual display representing and summarizing your work. Attendees interact with you one-on-one to learn about your research. If public speaking in front of a group is not your thing, a poster presentation may be more comfortable for you. 

  • Senior Capstone Symposium

    A symposium is a special session in which all the presenters and/or topics share some common attribute or theme. The Senior Capstone Symposium is a special extended session of the SRC that features presentations by students who have completed senior-level capstone research experiences. These culminating experiences typically integrate and apply learning across multiple topics, subjects, or disciplines. To learn more, contact us.

  • Roundtable Discussions
    Roundtable discussions will focus on several key areas of interest for students, faculty, the university, and the community as a whole. Planned roundtable topics include: mental health, sustainability, entrepreneurship, and research. To learn more, contact us.

How do I get started?

  1. Find a faculty research sponsor and choose and conduct a research project.
  2. Select the best format and forum in which to share your research.
  3. Write an abstract of 100 to 200 words summarizing your research.
  4. Complete and submit the Abstract Submission Form.
  5. Prepare for your presentation.

What should I expect on the day of the conference?

  1. Dress for success (business casual attire).
  2. Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start of your session.
  3. Check in when you arrive.
  4. Present at your scheduled time.
  5. Remain in the room for the duration of your session and be courteous and attentive to other presenters.
  6. Attend other sessions, keynote address, and award ceremony as you are able.
  7. Network. Get to know other presenters, faculty, etc.



Dr. Jim McGill
603 North Henderson 
Student Research Conference
One University Plaza, MS 4575
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701