Scope & Purpose

  • Provide a forum where both faculty and students from colleges and universities across the region can interact to discuss and share information regarding their research, scholarly and/or creative endeavors
  • Provide a forum where students can experience a professional conference.
  • Provide a forum where high school students can interact with college-level faculty and students, and learn about the types of research and scholarship being pursued across the region.
  • Provide a forum where business and community leaders throughout the Upstate can interact with faculty and students, and learn about the types of research and scholarship being pursued across the region.
  • Provide interactive workshops that educate Upstate students, faculty, and community representatives about important aspects of research and scholarship.
  • For more information about the event, contact Dr. Joshua Ruppel, symposium chair.

About the Symposium

    The SC Upstate Research Symposium is a multi-disciplinary regional scholarly conference held annually each spring.
    Since 2005, the SC Upstate Research Symposium has provided both students and faculty a venue to share their scholarship and creative works in poster and oral presentation formats. The daylong event is free to all participants and is an exciting educational experience for student researchers. Previous SC Upstate Symposia have involved upwards of 300 participants that represent dozens of colleges and universities.
  • Presentations
  • To present oral or poster presentations, faculty and students must submit a short abstract (250 – 400 words max) outlining their research, scholarly or creative work to the Symposium Program Committee. Research, scholarly and creative papers from all disciplines are welcomed and can report on completed projects or work in progress. Submissions that speak only to forthcoming or intended work are not permitted.

  • Abstract Review
  • Abstracts will be reviewed by the Symposium Program Committee. Submissions that successfully make it through the review process will be accepted as oral presentations or poster presentations. Contributing authors can indicate their preference for oral or poster presentations, but may be asked by the Program Committee to change their preference so that presentations can be better grouped into specialized sessions.

  • Student Awards
  • Student authors are eligible to be part of the Student Award Competition - students have the opportunity to express their interest in competing on their application form. Judges use a standardized rubric to evaluate presentations.