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McNeese State University Alumni Association Undergraduate Scholar and Research Symposium (USRS) 2014-2015

McNeese State University Alumni Association Undergraduate Scholar and Research Symposium (USRS) 2014-2015

The symposium supports a student's inquiry, investigation, or experimentation into a topic that will make an original, intellectual, or creative contribution to his/her field of study. This program requires an educational collaboration and strong partnership between the student and a faculty mentor. The symposium has two sections: (1) a local program open to ALL undergraduate students where students may present their research projects in a 3'x4' poster format, and (2) an awards program for students wishing to compete to attend the University of Louisiana System (ULS) Academic Summit at Louisiana Tech University. Please note: A maximum of 30 projects will be accepted for this awards program, and acceptance is "first come, first served."

Awards from the McNeese Alumni Association for the ULS Academic Summit Competitors

$300.00 Awarded to projects (maximum: 10 projects) selected for presentation at the ULS Academic Summit in April 2015a,b
$150.00 Awarded to faculty mentors of projects selected for presentation at the ULS Academic Summit in April 2015b

a Participation is limited to two projects per mentor and one project per student. No more than two students may work on a single project.
b Should there be two students or faculty mentors working on one project, then the cash award will be divided equally among those students or faculty mentors.

Important Dates/Deadlines:

  • September 12, 2014 - ALL faculty mentors planning to participate in USRS must submit a notice of intent (NOI). NOI submission instructions will be sent out through e-mail.
  • September 25, 2014 (12:00-1:00 p.m. in the President's Dining Room) - Informational luncheon for ALL faculty mentors participating in both the open program and the ULS Academic Summit selection process hosted by the McNeese Alumni Association.
  • October 31, 2014 - ALL faculty mentors participating in either section of USRS must submit a completed USRS Project Information form (one form submission for each project). The link to this form will be emailed to faculty mentors no less than one week prior to this deadline.
  • March 9, 2015 - ALL students set up poster presentations (location and time TBD).
  • March 10, 2015 - ALL posters open to the public (location and time TBD); Posters competing in the ULS Academic Summit selection process are judged (location and time TBD).
  • March 11, 2015 - ALL students and their mentors participating in USRS, including both the open program and the ULS Academic Summit competition, will be recognized by the McNeese Alumni Association (location and time TBD).
  • April 17-18, 2015 - ULS Academic Summit will be held at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. Support for meeting-associated expenses (e.g., University transportation, meals and registration) will be provided for selected students and mentors.

Additional Information:

  • Students participating in USRS are expected to dress professionally.
  • Students involved in USRS will be excused from class.
  • Projects competing to present at the ULS Academic Summit are subject to disqualification based on poor scholarly presentation.
  • Faculty Mentors are expected to be present with their students who are competing in the ULS Academic Summit selection process during the designated judging period.