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Undergraduate Student Symposium


NSU’s Undergraduate Student Symposium, hosted by the Farquhar Honors College, showcases the outstanding scholarship of NSU undergraduate students through student poster displays, oral presentations, performances, and film presentations.

For 19 years, this annual event has encouraged students to test their own hypotheses and uncover new ways of interpreting the world around them. Many of the projects featured at the symposium lead to further research, publication, or presentation at national conferences. Participating students develop mentoring relationships with faculty and experience firsthand the process and rewards of research and discovery. To prospective employers and graduate schools, these students demonstrate a unique and valuable level of academic engagement and initiative. NSU undergraduate students of all disciplines are encouraged to participate and attend.

Friday, April 3, 2020

The Annual Undergraduate Film Festival is part of the Undergraduate Student Symposium. Learn more about creating and submitting a film for judging and showing.

2020 Symposium Schedule

Friday, April 3, 2020

Time Event Location

1:00-1:45 p.m.

All participating students are expected to attend.

Welcome and Introduction -
Don Rosenblum, Ph.D., Dean
Farquhar Honors College

Keynote Speaker - Nancy Klimas, M.D.

Director, Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine, Nova Southeastern University

Director, Clinical Immunology Research, Miami VAMC

Professor of Medicine, Department of Clinical Immunology, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern Univeristy

Chair, Department of Clinical Immunology, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern Univeristy

Performance Theatre, Don Taft University Center

1:45-3:15 p.m.

Poster Presentations*

Alvin Sherman Library Atrium

1:45-4:00 p.m.

Student Film Festival

Alvin Sherman Library

2:45-4:00 p.m.

Oral Presentations

Alvin Sherman Library

4:30 p.m.

Awards Ceremony
All participating students are expected to attend.

Performance Theatre, Don Taft University Center
  • Poster setup is required by 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2020. All posters must remain in the Alvin Sherman Library until 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3, and must be removed by a research participant from your group at that

Application Process

The USS application is now open. Please submit your application here: 

The deadline to submit an application is Friday, February 7, 2020 at 11:59 pm (EST). You must receive a confirmation email to ensure that your application has been received. 

Students interested in participating should contact their department for more information. In order to participate, students must:

  • Create a project and secure a faculty sponsor.
  • Complete CITI Training for any Research Involving Human Subjects (see details below).
  • Complete and submit the online USS Application.
  • Upload a correctly formatted abstract at the time of application. Faculty sponsors should review and approve the abstract before submission.
  • Upload any necessary CITI documentation at the time of application for all student participants and faculty sponsors.
  • Applicants will receive a submission confirmation email immediately after submitting their application. Please verify all information is correct. If you do not receive a separate email confirmation, please contact Robin St. George (, to ensure that your application was received.
  • Projects must be accepted for inclusion in the symposium. This is a competitive selection. Applicants will be notified via email by March 10, 2020 regarding the acceptance status of their projects for inclusion in the symposium. This email will provide additional information and instructions.
  • Workshops on presentation preparation will be offered to symposium participants.

Resources for Students

Click below to read about students' experiences participating in previous symposia.

Click here to view the following resources:

  • project and abstract samples and templates
  • timelines
  • guidelines
  • tips on preparing and presenting your work

Mandatory Training for Research Involving Human Subjects

For research projects involving humans, researchers and the faculty sponsor must complete CITI training prior to submission of a project for Institutional Review Board approval. This training also is required for projects that seek IRB exemption. The training is offered online on the CITI training Web site. Investigators must register, personally, prior to completion of the training modules. Please complete the online form with your faculty sponsor.

Investigators who will be conducting research in science/biomedical areas must complete (at a minimum) the following modules:

  • History and Ethical Principles
  • Basic Institutional Review Board
  • Informed Consent
  • Records-Based Research
  • Genetic Research
  • Vulnerable Populations: An Overview
  • Hot Topics

Investigators who will be conducting research in social/behavioral sciences or humanities (if human subjects are involved) must complete (at a minimum) the following modules:

  • History and Ethical Principles
  • Defining Research with Human Subjects
  • The Regulations and the Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Assessing Risk in Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Informed Consent
  • Privacy and Confidentiality
  • Research with Children
  • Research in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools

As appropriate, additional training modules may be required depending on the specific research.

Symposium Judging Criteria, Prizes

All participants in the symposium gain valuable experience, presentation skills, and recognition by their peers and the college. Judging takes place during each presentation, and prizes will be awarded at the end of the day for outstanding projects in various categories. As you plan your presentation, be sure to address each of these aspects.

Note: The criteria listed below will be used to select the winners on the day of the symposium (not to determine which projects will be included in the symposium).

Student scholarship and research (posters and oral presentations) will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Significance and appropriateness of the research question
  • Quality of the argument/research
  • Soundness of conclusions
  • Creativity and originality
  • Clarity of presentation

ExEl Unit

Students who present a poster, paper, or film at the Undergraduate Student Symposium may earn one ExEL unit. Additional information will be provided if your project is selected for inclusion in the symposium.

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