USC Upstate Research Symposium

Research Symposium

The 14th Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium will be held on April 13, 2018. Make plans to attend.

Scope and purpose of the event:
  • Provide a forum where both faculty and students from primarily undergraduate institutions throughout the Upstate of South Carolina can interact to discuss and share information regarding their research, scholarly and/or creative endeavors. Goal: Stimulate research, grant writing and multi-disciplinary collaborations between Upstate universities and colleges.
     
  • Provide a forum where students can experience a professionally organized research symposium. Both student and faculty submissions require an online application and a two to three page short paper that must be specifically formatted and presented orally or by poster.Goal: Expose students to a very important and sometimes overlooked aspect of research dissemination.
     
  • Provide a forum where high school students throughout the Upstate can interact with college-level faculty and students, and learn about the types of research being pursued at the colleges and universities throughout the Upstate. Goal: Encourage Upstate high school students to remain in the Upstate for their college education.
     
  • Provide a forum where business and community leaders throughout the Upstate can interact with faculty and students, and learn about the types of research being pursued at the colleges and universities throughout the Upstate. Goal: Stimulate grant writing and other research-oriented partnerships between Upstate universities and community organizations and businesses.
     
  • Provide tutorial sessions that educate Upstate faculty, students and community representatives on important aspects of research and scholarship. Example tutorials could include: grant writing; helpful technology used in research; and engaging students in research. Goal: Increase the knowledge and expertise of Upstate faculty, students and community representatives on the art of grant writing and other research-related activities.
     

Best student presentations and posters are recognized with award certificates at the symposium’s closing ceremony. For information on past symposiums, see Previous Symposium Proceedings and Pictures below. For more information about the event, contact Dr. Melissa Pilgrim, symposium chair.

Our Sponsors

A highlight of our symposium is that the event is free to all, which helps make the event accessible to students, faculty and community members from near and far. Thus, the daylong event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors (see below). Such support is greatly appreciated and essential for the advancement of academic research in the Upstate. Students involved in faculty-mentored research entered the work-force with an enhanced skill set, including better problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork skills in their field of study. Since many students who are educated in the Upstate of South Carolina stay in the area, support of academic research has a direct and positive impact on the Upstate.

13th Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium Program Committee & Sponsors

Call for Participation

Submission Deadline: Feb. 16, 2018.

To present oral or poster presentations: Faculty and students must submit a short research, scholarly or creative paper (2-3 pages) to the 14th Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium (guidelines). Submissions that do not follow the formatting guidelines closely will not be reviewed. The deadline to submit papers is February 16, 2018. Late submissions will not be reviewed. Research, scholarly and creative papers from all disciplines are welcomed and can report on completed projects or work in progress. Papers that speak only to forthcoming or intended work are not permitted.

Papers will be reviewed by an inter-university panel (the symposium Program Committee). Papers that successfully make it through the review process will be accepted as oral presentations or poster presentations. Contributing authors can indicate their preference for oral or poster presentations, but may be asked by the Program Committee to change their preference so that presentations can be better grouped into specialized sessions. Student authors are eligible for awards (judging rubrics: oral and poster).

To submit a paper, you must complete the online application and attach your 2-3 page submission:

Previous Symposium Proceedings and Pictures

13th Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium
April 14, 2017
The thirteenth Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium was held on the USC Upstate campus. Roughly 400 participants attended the event. Participants, presenters and co-authors represented 23 colleges and universities (i.e., Claflin University, Converse College, Florida Institute of Technology, Francis Marion University, Furman University, Gardner-Webb University, Greenville Technical College, Lander University, Limestone College, Midlands Technical College, North Greenville University, Presbyterian College, Sherman College of Chiropractic, Southern Wesleyan University, Spartanburg Community College, Spartanburg Methodist College, University of Georgia, University of Kentucky, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, USC Aiken, USC Columbia, USC Upstate, and Wofford College) and many local community members.  

 

12th Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium
April 8, 2016
The twelfth Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium was held on the USC Upstate campus. Over 300 participants attended the event. Participants, presenters and co-authors represented 23 colleges and universities (i.e., Ashville-Buncombe Technical College, Claflin University, Converse College, Gardner-Webb University, Georgia Southern University, Greenville Technical College, Lander University, Limestone College, North Greenville University, Presbyterian College, Sherman College of Chiropractic, Southern Wesleyan University, Spartanburg Community College, Spartanburg Methodist College, Stetson University, Trinity Washington University, University of California Berkeley, University of Georgia, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, USC Columbia, USC Salkehatchie, USC Upstate, and Wofford College) and many local community members (e.g.,Cryovac, Ethos Combatives, Greenville Hospital System, Greenville Zoo, Kerley Construction, Patewood Memorial Hospital, Piedmont Audubon Society, South Carolina Department of Commerce, Spartanburg Regional Health System, Spartanburg Public Library, Taylor’s Fire Department, and Tryon Garden Club).  

 

11th Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium
April 17, 2015
Our eleventh symposium was hosted on USC Upstate's campus. Participants, presenters and co-authors represented 18 colleges and universities (i.e., Clemson University, College of Charleston, Converse College, Greenville Technical College, Lander University, Limestone College, North Greenville University, Presbyterian College, Sherman College of Chiropractic, Southern Wesleyan University, Spartanburg Community College, Spartanburg Methodist College, University of Iringa - Africa, The University of South Carolina, The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville,The University of South Carolina Upstate,  Virginia Tech, and Wofford College), the USC Upstate Scholars Academy, 4 middle/high schools (i.e.,Chapman High School, Landrum High School, Landrum Middle School, and D. R. Hill Middle School), RL Spencer Communications, Swofford Career Center, Spartanburg Area Conservancy, Spartanburg County Public Library, and the Spartanburg Regional Hospital System. The links below will take you to highlights of the event:

 

10th Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium
April 18, 2014
Our tenth symposium was hosted on USC Upstate’s campus and we had a record year, with over 300 participants attending the event. Participants, presenters and co-authors represented 19 colleges and universities (i.e., Coker College,  College of Charleston, Converse College, Furman University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Greenville Technical College, Lander University, Limestone College, Medical University of South Carolina, North Greenville University, Sherman College of Chiropractic, Southern Wesleyan University, Southwest Louisiana University, Southwest University of Science and Technology-China, Spartanburg Community College, Spartanburg Methodist College, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, University of South Carolina Upstate, and Wofford College), the USC Upstate Scholars Academy, 4 high schools (i.e., Boiling Springs, Byrnes, Chester, and Dorman), the Daniel Morgan Technology Center, the Greenville Hospital System, the Spartanburg Area Conservancy, and the Spartanburg Public Library. The links below will take you to highlights of the event:

 

9th Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium
April 19, 2013 

Participants, presenters and co-authors represented 17 colleges and universities (i.e., Converse College, College of Charleston, Davidson College, Francis Marion University, Greenville Technical College, Lander University, Limestone College, North Greenville University, Presbyterian College, Sherman College of Chiropractic, Southern Wesleyan University, Spartanburg Community College, Spartanburg Methodist College, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, University of South Carolina Upstate, University of Tulsa and Wofford College), the SC Department of Natural Resources, Spartanburg Day School and Dorman High School. The links below will take you to highlights of the event: 

 

8th Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium
April 20, 2012

  • Keynote Address by Dr. Thomas Moore
  • Proceedings 

 

7th Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium
April 15, 2011

 

6th Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium
March 26, 2010

 

5th Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium
March 27, 2009

  • Keynote Addresses by Mayor William Barnet III and Dr. Jay Moskowitz
  • Proceedings
  • Pictures

 

4th Annual USC Upstate Research Symposium
April 11, 2008

  • Keynote Speakers:
    • Dr. John Stockwell
    • Mr. Ingo Angermeier
    • Dr. Rosemarie Booze
    • Dr. Michael Dorcas
  • Proceedings
  • Pictures

 

3rd Annual USC Upstate Research Symposium
April 6, 2007

 

2nd Annual USC Upstate Research Symposium
2006

 

1st USC Upstate Research Symposium
2005

Program Schedule

Program Overview:  
The Program Overview (to be announced).

Full Program:
The Full Program Schedule (to be announced).

Registration:
Registration will begin in early March 2018. Walk-in registrants are welcome to attend as long as they sign in at the registration desk the day of the event (Sansbury Campus Life Center, Second Floor Lobby).

Symposium Campus Map:
The USC Upstate Campus Map for the Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium will be available March 2018. Buildings with events and sessions are highlighted in red. Parking lots available for attendees are highlighted in yellow.

Symposium Keynote Speaker: James W. Porter, Ph.D.
2017 Keynote Address:
The Environmental Legacy of War: Human and Environmental Health Concerns on Vieques, Puerto Rico

Dr. James W. Porter is the Josiah Meigs Distinguished  Professor of Ecology at the University of Georgia. He received his Bachelor of Science from Yale in 1969 and his Doctorate from Yale in 1973.

He was a Smithsonian Pre-Doctoral Fellow from 1971-1972 at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. After teaching at the University of Michigan from 1973 to 1977, he joined the faculty at the University of Georgia. Dr. Porter is a world-renown lecturer. In 2002 he received the University of Georgia's Meigs Outstanding Teaching Award and in 2005 the Environmental Educator of the Year Award from the Ecological Society of America.

Professor Porter became the editor of the professional journals Ecology and Ecological Monographs in 1977, and served in that post for four years. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society of Naturalists, and the Great Barrier Reef Committee.

In 2006, he was elected President of Sigma Xi, a scientific honor society with more than 160,000 members worldwide, including all living Nobel Laureates. Dr. Porter's award winning photographs have appeared in Life Magazine and the New York Times. His work has been featured on ABC World NewsNBC Nightly News, CNN News and the CBS Evening News.

Dr. Porter is a marine ecologist specializing in the biology, ecology and assessment of Floridian and Caribbean coral reefs. He has investigated the effects of naval bombardment on coral reefs on Isla Vieques, Puerto Rico and has worked with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta to investigate the link between Underwater Unexploded Ordinance (UWUXO) and human health concerns on the island.

He has testified before Congress five times, most recently on the effects of global warming on coral reefs. His most recent work is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on the relationship between the bacterial pathogen, which causes human serratiosis and white-pox disease in reef-building corals.

Online Registration

Thank you for your interest in the 14th Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium. Registration for the event will open early March of 2018. Walk-ins are welcome at the event, provided that they report to the registration desk (Sansbury Campus Life Center, Second Floor Lobby) and sign in for the event. 

Registration will open early March 2018

  • Program Schedule (will be made available March 2018)
  • Full Program Schedule (will be made available late March 2018)
High School Groups

Groups of junior- and senior-level high school students who intend to pursue higher education are invited to attend the Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium. This is a wonderful opportunity for junior and senior high school students to be exposed to several different fields of research and also interact with university faculty and students throughout the Upstate. 

If your high school would like to participate, please contact the High School Participation Chair on the Program Committee: Cherie Pressley or at 864-503-5730.

Map and Directions

The 14th Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium will be held on April 13, 2018, at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg.

University of South Carolina Upstate (interactive map)
800 University Way (driving directions)
Spartanburg, SC 29303

Event Map:
The USC Upstate Campus Map for the Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium will be available March 2018. Buildings with events and sessions are highlighted in red. Parking lots available for attendees are highlighted in yellow.


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Please contact the Program Committee Chair with any questions.

The Program and Organizing Committee

Members of the Program and Organizing Committee for the Annual South Carolina Upstate Research Symposium have worked diligently to ensure a well-organized event of high-quality presentation sessions that are anchored by prominent keynote speakers. The committee members include:

Dr. Melissa Pilgrim, Symposium Chair
Associate Professor of Biology 
Director of Research  
USC Upstate

Dr. Caleb Arrington
Associate Professor of Chemistry 
Wofford College

Dr. Kathleen Brady
Vice Chancellor for Community-based Research, Engagement and Planning   
USC Upstate

Dr. Jeff Cook
Professor of History 
North Greenville University

Dr. Lee Edwards
Academic Program Director, Biology 
Greenville Technical College

Dr. Mary Jane Farmer
Professor of Psychology 
Spartanburg Methodist College

Dr. Latha Gearheart
Associate Professor of Chemistry 
Physical Chemistry Department Chair 
Presbyterian College  

Dr. Tiffany Hardy
Assistant Professor of Psychology  
Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Psychology                 
Francis Marion University
 

Dr. Randall Harris
Assistant Professor of Biology   
Claflin University

Dr. John Hart
Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences 
Assistant Director of Research 
Sherman College of Chiropractic

Dr. Berta H. Hopkins
Dean of Health and Human Services                                                   
Spartanburg Community College 

Elaine Marshall
Director of Sponsored Awards 
USC Upstate

Dr. Tamara McGovern
Associate Professor of Biology 
Limestone College

Cherie Pressley, High School Participation Chair
Regional Workforce Adviser 
SC Department of Commerce                                                  
USC Upstate

Dr. David A. Slimmer
Dean, College of Science and Mathematics 
Professor of Physics 
Lander University

Dr. Bill Wright
Clinical Assistant Professor, Physiology 
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville