Symposium for Student Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity

We are no longer accepting student abstract submissions for the 2021 SRU Symposium for Student Research, Scholarship, and Creative ActivityThis spring, the Symposium is scheduled to begin on April 13, 2021

The Symposium for Student Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity is traditionally a single-day event that is designed to showcase undergraduate and graduate student work. This year, we are planning to hold the event using a virtual platform, Symposium by ForagerOne. The platform will allow students to upload posters and recorded presentations in advance which will then be viewable over a period of time (rather than just at the time of presentation).  We plan to use Zoom for live oral presentations and performances. More details about using the ForagerOne platform will be provided to students and mentors after the abstract submission process is complete.

Students from all academic fields are eligible to participate, along with a faculty or staff sponsor. Students are asked to provide a 300-word abstract/summary describing the project. Abstracts must be reviewed and approved by the sponsor before being submitted. Accepted abstracts become published in the Journal of Scholarly Endeavor, and the authors of these abstracts will have the choice of creating a digital poster, making a ten-minute oral presentation, or creating an art exhibit, demonstration, or music, dance, or spoken word performance.

The deadline for submissions of the SRU Symposium Call for Abstracts Form was Monday, February 22, 2021. Submissions are now handled electronically through SRU CORE.

Students and faculty sponsors receive a notification if their submission was accepted after all submissions are received and reviewed. 

Call or email the Office of Academic Affairs and Integrated Learning if you have any questions: 724.738.2186 or

Frequently Asked Questions and Guidelines

Updates to the Symposium FAQs and Guidelines for Oral Presentations, Posters, Exhibits, and Performances will be posted soon. Bailey Library also offers very helpful guides on research and poster production. For a step-by-step guide on how to create a poster from the recommended SRU template, watch this short video.

Symposium Archive:

2020 Journal of Scholarly Endeavor

2019 Exhibits
2019 Oral Presentations
2019 Performances
2019 Poster Presentations

Highlights from the 2019 Symposium
2019 Journal of Scholarly Endeavor 

Getting Started

Do one or more of the following statements apply to you?

  • Have you learned something in one of your classes that you would like to know more about?
  • Do you have an idea, thought, question, or activity that you would like to learn more about?
  • Do you have a passion to make your education a meaningful experience that goes beyond what you do in the classroom every day?
  • Are you willing to put in some long hours and face challenges that take you outside of your comfort zone for the ultimate goal of discovery and self-learning?
  • Are you interested in making yourself more marketable upon graduation?
  • Are you interested in pursuing graduate school?

If you answered yes to one or more of the aforementioned statements, then perhaps you should consider getting involved in a student-faculty research project or student-faculty creative activity.

Three Simple Steps for Getting Started

  • Talk to a faculty member in your area of interest. Explain your desire to work with the faculty member in potentially getting his/her help in designing a research project.
  • Speak with your discipline's librarian and try to get as much information about your topic area as possible.
  • Review the Guidelines for Oral Presentations, Posters, Exhibits, and Performances.
  • Call the Office of Academic Affairs and Integrated Learning for additional information and helpful tips.