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.
Participation in the research conference affords a number of benefits to student presenters, faculty mentors, 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.
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.
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.
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.