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Undergraduate Student Symposium



2022 Undergraduate Student Symposium

April 6 & 7, 2022

*Tentative Schedule for the 2022 USS (locations + times are subject to change if deemed necessary)

April 6, 2022
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Opening Ceremony
Alvin Sherman Library - Cotilla Gallery
April 6, 2022
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Film Festival Reception
Alvin Sherman Library - Honors Great Room
April 7, 2022
10:00am - 12:30pm
Poster Presentations
Alvin Sherman Library - Lobby & Cotilla Gallery
April 7, 2022
11:00am - 2:00pm
Oral Presentations
Alvin Sherman Library - Rooms 2053, 3018, & 4009
April 7, 2022
Closing Ceremony
PVA Theater - Don Taft University Center

The 2022 Undergraduate Student Symposium will be in person and will include the Film Festival, Poster Presentations, and Oral Presentations. 

2022 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ken Dawson-Scully 


Ken Dawson-Scully was born and educated as a neuroscientist in Canada where he received his PhD from the College of Medicine at the University of Toronto and moved to South Florida 14 years ago. He recently started his position at Nova Southeastern University as the Senior Vice-President of Research, Associate Provost, and Professor.

His NIH funded research program, now located at the NSU Palm Beach campus, investigates neurological modification through genetics and drug discovery to treat diseases such as stroke, migraine, and epilepsy. Over the past 14 years his lab has been using advanced techniques such as behavior, genetics, electrophysiology, and cellular bioimaging. He has been granted 3 patents and spun out 2 companies in the biotech sector leading to his successful National Science Foundation i-Corps grant that accelerated over 50 companies towards success in South Florida.

Dr. Dawson-Scully has mentored 18 PhD students and over 40 undergraduates in his laboratory and he has also developed 2 research intensive undergraduate honors programs that has brought hundreds of students through the research and thesis process.



Application Process

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 should check the box at the bottom of the application to receive an email copy of their application. Please verify all information is correct. If you do not receive a separate email confirmation, or if a correction on your application is needed, please contact Dr. Robin St. George ( in the Honors College right away.
  • Projects must be accepted for inclusion in the symposium. This is a competitive selection. Applicants will be notified via email by March 16, 2022 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 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 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. 

USS Film Festival 

NSU's Annual Undergraduate Film Festival, hosted by the Farquhar Honors College, invites NSU undergraduates to submit short films in a variety of styles, including  narrative, documentary, or avant-garde. The completed films are screened at the Undergraduate Student Symposium, which is held each year in April. Prizes are awarded for the best films.




2021 Virtual Undergraduate Student Symposium



The 2021 Undergraduate Student Symposium was held virtually from April 6 - April 8.  

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

Enter the 2021 Virtual Undergraduate Student Symposium


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