The Student Research Series allows undergraduate students to present original research or scholarly activity to the campus community. The talks are given by either an individual or teams of students who have conducted an original study or produced original work using the methods of their discipline. The series exemplifies the quality and breadth of research at Augusta University.
Note that Due to COVID-19, CURS is keeping our campus community safe by offering our SRS talks virtually. Join us on Teams!
We encourage all majors to apply, especially those of creative and artistic disciplines.
Presentations usually consist of a 15 minutes presentation and 5 minutes for questions.
There is no application, but students are encouraged to submit their project to CURS the semester prior to presentation.
Student individuals or teams may present work done for a larger project, thesis, class research, or other scholarly project.
All speakers are expected to discuss the objectives, methods and outcomes of their scholarship for a broad audience.
Mentors are expected to be present and to introduce the speaker(s).
CURS will provide presenters and the mentor with feedback prior to the presentation.
Typically speakers use power point, but this is not necessary.
Reading of presentations is discouraged although some reading may be required or appropriate.
The presentation style and language should be appropriate for a large, general audience from a wide variety of backgrounds.
What to Include:
Objective/ Hypothesis of the work - What was the aim of the project, motivation, inspiration, background research that led to project or idea?
Method of the work - What was the process necessary to complete the work? What materials were used, when did the scholarship take place and where, was a new or innovative approach/equipment used or designed to carry out the work? Did a team of researchers/scholars work together and if so in what capacity, what were the steps involved? Was reliability or validation of measurements needed?
Result - What was the result of data collection, art construction, historical research, writing; what are the implications of the work? Are the results applied to larger society or might they be, and if so how?
Presentation to the Public - esp. with art - how is the space for professional showing prepared? What steps are required to prepare a gallery show for example? Has the work been shown to the public (on campus or off) if so was this a juried show? What were the selection criteria? Was this part of an internship or professional training?
What's next? - There will be a follow up study, project, more art in a series or part 2 of a play etc? What questions, ideas, innovations are inspired from the work? Will work move in a different direction now, if so where/why/how?
For more tips and resources contact CURS@augusta.edu.