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Student Research Conference

29th Annual Student Research Conference (SRC)

April 21-22, 2021  /  Online Virtual Event

Participant Guide
Submit your abstract

What is the student research conference?

The goals of the SRC are to encourage, attract, recognize, promote, and showcase research performed by both undergraduate and graduate students across all disciplines and to promote a culture that values research and scholarly and creative activity at Southeast Missouri State University.

Why is this year's conference virtual?

Unlike previous years, this year's SRC will be held virtually in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While a virtual conference cannot exactly replicate an in-person conference event, we are committed to creating an experience that is intellectually stimulating and fulfilling.

Why should I participate?

Participation in the research conference affords a number of benefits to student presenters, faculty sponsors, audience members, and the university community as a whole. In addition to personal and professional benefits, outstanding student presenters are eligible to compete for recognition and monetary awards for best oral and poster presentations.

How can I participate as a presenter?

  • Oral Presentation

    An oral presentation is a 15-17 minute speech you present to an audience providing an in-depth explanation of your research. It is usually accompanied by a visual aid such as a PowerPoint slideshow and concludes with a 3-5 minute question and answer session. This is a great chance to develop and refine your public speaking skills.

  • Poster Presentation

    A poster is a visual display representing and summarizing your work. If public speaking in front of a group is not your thing, a poster presentation may be more comfortable for you. 

  • Senior Capstone Symposium

    A symposium is a special session in which all the presenters and/or topics share some common attribute or theme. The Senior Capstone Symposium is a special extended session of the SRC that features presentations by students who have completed senior-level capstone research experiences. These culminating experiences typically integrate and apply learning across multiple topics, subjects, or disciplines. To learn more, contact us.

  • Roundtable Discussions

    Roundtable discussions will focus on several key areas of interest for students, faculty, the university, and the community as a whole. Planned roundtable topics to be determined soon. To learn more, contact us.

How do I get started?

  1. Find a faculty research sponsor and choose and conduct a research project.
  2. Select the best format and forum in which to share your research.
  3. Write an abstract of 100 to 200 words summarizing your research.
  4. Complete and submit the Abstract Submission Form.
  5. Prepare for your presentation.

What should I expect on the day of the conference?

  1. Dress for success (business casual attire).
  2. Login at least 10 minutes prior to the start of your session.
  3. Present at your scheduled time.
  4. Do not exceed your allotted time. 
  5. Remain for the duration of your session and be courteous and attentive to other presenters.
  6. Attend other sessions, keynote address, and award ceremony as you are able.
  7. Network. Get to know other presenters, faculty, etc.



Dr. Joseph M. Snyder

SRC Coordinator


Student Research Conference

One University Plaza MS 4575

Cape Girardeau, MO 63701