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2018 Missouri Southern Student Research Symposium 

Research Symposium

2018 MSSU Student Research Symposium

The symposium will take place on Wednesday, April 25th from 1:00-4:00pm in the BSC Ballroom. The symposium is a one-day conference that celebrates the outstanding research, as well as artistic endeavors, being conducted at Missouri Southern State University.

2017 Student Research Symposium

This event 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:


Business, Engineering, and Technology

Social Sciences

Physical and Biological Sciences

Health Sciences


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.

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. Students will then create a poster presentation in which they share their work visually with faculty, staff, fellow students, and community members; those in the Humanities category will have the option of presenting their work through a ten-minute oral presentation/performance.

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 Monday, March 26, 2018 by 5:00 pm. You will be notified by April 9 as to whether or not your abstract has been accepted for inclusion in the Student Research Symposium.