USC Upstate News

SC Upstate Research Symposium to Showcase Area’s Academic Research Endeavors

03- 06- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - Now in its fifth year, the South Carolina Research Symposium, presented by the University of South Carolina Upstate, promises to be an event-filled forum for faculty, students, community representatives and business leaders throughout the Upstate to interact with each other, to share information and expertise, and to nurture future research collaborations. The symposium will be held Friday, March 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Spartanburg Marriott at Renaissance Park. It is free and open to anyone who registers at the symposium Web site,

The program will feature presentations, posters, and tutorials contributed by 61 faculty and students from numerous disciplines at USC UpstateConverse College, Wofford CollegePresbyterian CollegeLimestone College, Sherman CollegeSpartanburg Community College, Lander UniversitySpartanburg Methodist College, and Southern Wesleyan University

The event will be anchored by keynote addresses from prominent researchers and executives in the region. Spartanburg Mayor William Barnet III will deliver the welcome address and special message on collaboration. Dr. Jay Moskowitz, president of Health Sciences South Carolina, will deliver a health sciences research overview in South Carolina. David Root of Converse Motors will speak on entrepreneurship and hydrogen add-on technology for vehicles and he will present a live demonstration.

“This professionally organized research symposium allows both students and faculty from undergraduate institutions to interact, discuss and share information regarding their research, scholarly and creative endeavors,” says Sebastian van Delden, assistant professor of computer science and organizer of the event. “It also provides a forum where high school students and business and community leaders can learn about the types of research being pursued in the Upstate and there will also be tutorials focusing on grant writing, research technology and engaging students in research.”

Sponsors of the event include The Stäubli Corporation, a Switzerland-based mechatronics solution provider with dedicated divisions of textile machinery, connectors and robotics; Spartanburg Regional Healthcare system, offering world-class facilities, caring and dedicated professionals, advanced technology, and specialized treatment options; and SC EPSCoR/IDeA, the South Carolina Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research and Institutional Development Awards, a merit-based federal/state/institutional partnership designed to build the research infrastructure in South Carolina primarily through funding new hires of top-tier faculty and start-up equipment purchases. 

For additional details about the symposium, contact Sebastian van Delden at (864) 503- 5292 or email him at Participation information, important dates, online registration, a program schedule, keynote speaker information, map and directions, and much more can be accessed from the symposium’s Web site: