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2/25/14 - Entries wanted for undergrad research symposium

Mississippi State University students are invited to participate in the Spring 2014 Undergraduate Research Symposium hosted by the Shackouls Honors College in collaboration with the Center for the Advancement of Service-Learning Excellence, the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, the Office of Research and Economic Development and MSU Extension Service.

The symposium -- which is open to all MSU undergraduates, not just honors students -- will be held in Griffis Hall in the third floor lobby and the fourth floor forum room on April 3 from 1-3:30 p.m. It will be an opportunity to showcase faculty-guided student research efforts from diverse departments, colleges and research centers across campus.

Entry deadline is March 19. There is no fee to participate.

In recognition of the university's Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, organizers are pleased to continue to include a community engagement track in the symposium.

Many undergraduates participate in faculty-guided research throughout the year. MSU is fortunate to have many faculty that involve undergraduates in research and several federally-funded research experiences for undergraduate programs.

All of MSU’s undergraduates who are involved in faculty-guided research this academic year are invited and encouraged to participate in the symposium either through a poster presentation, short talk or performance. After the poster and talk sessions, there will be an awards ceremony. Refreshments will be provided.

Talks and posters need to be classified by the student as belonging to one of four categories:

-- Arts and Humanities

-- Biological Sciences and Engineering

-- Physical Sciences and Engineering

-- Social Sciences

It will be up to the student and his or her faculty mentor to properly classify the project. If a project meets the requirements to be judged for community engagement as well, the student should check that box on the application form.

Guidelines for the community engagement competition along with the general call for projects can be found by clicking here.

Please note that if a poster session is given, students must provide their own poster board for poster display. The talks and performances will be given 10 minutes for presentation and five minutes for questions. If you are giving a talk or performance and need technology, such as a computer and projector, please to check that box on the registration form.

Entry forms and more information are online at, including additional details about the event and how to participate and plan for it.

If you require special assistance relating to a disability, please contact Tammy Smith at 662-325-2522.

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