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Research Symposium

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MSSU Student Research Symposium

This year the MSSU Student Research Symposium is returning to a public, in-person event. Students will present their research and poster in-person to judges on the day of the symposium. 

The MSSU Student Research Symposium is open to students from all disciplines, including Master’s and Dual Credit students, providing them with an opportunity to showcase their research beyond the classroom setting. All MSSU students involved in research are encouraged to apply, and those not yet involved in research will learn about the many research opportunities available at Missouri Southern.

All students who are involved in faculty-guided research and creative activity—whether conducted as part of a class, internship, or program—are eligible to participate in the symposium, and they are encouraged to submit an abstract. Students may compete in six categories:

  • Humanities
  • Business, Engineering, and Technology
  • Social Sciences
  • Physical and Biological Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Education

It is the responsibility of the student and his/her faculty sponsor to properly classify the project and to select the category in which the student wants to compete. **ALL final entries must be in the form of a poster.**

Entries can include current or past work completed in the classroom. Entries might include business plans, literature reviews, stories, music, artwork, theatre demonstrations, or poetry, as well as technology, science projects, theory developed using mathematical tools, surveys, or data analyzed using statistical techniques. As a reminder, all final entries must be in the form of a poster.

Students will create a poster to present in-person in which they share their work with faculty, staff, fellow students, and community members.

There is no cost to attend or participate in the Student Research Symposium. The event is open to all students, staff, faculty, and community members.

First and second-place winners will be awarded in each of the six categories. Winners will receive an Amazon gift certificate in the amount of $100.00 for first place and $50.00 for second place. There will also be a top prize of $100.00 for best overall poster.

Please note the submission deadline for abstracts is Wednesday, March 13 by 5:00p.m. Submitted abstracts should describe the student’s research within the specified word limit. Students interested in submitting an abstract should know this is a professional conference.

You will be notified by Wednesday, March 27 as to whether or not your abstract has been accepted for inclusion in the Student Research Symposium.

For more information please contact Dr. Betsy Adelizzi or Dr. Brian Neugebauer,