Undergraduate Student Research Competition hosted virtually by Smith Institute

Cheer on JCSU undergraduate researchers as they compete for cash prizes! See the research posters!

The purpose of Smith Institute for Applied Research’s Annual Student Poster Competition is to encourage student engagement in research activities and to familiarize Johnson C. Smith University students with the process of presenting research at an academic conference. Participating in research prepares students for graduate study and professional careers. The Student Poster Competition supports JCSU’s mission to produce graduates who communicate effectively, think critically, learn independently as well as collaboratively, and demonstrate competence in their chosen fields. 

As described by Dr. Debra Terrell, Health Psychology professor at JCSU, “exposure to high quality undergraduate research experiences has been touted as the great academic equalizer, providing students, particularly students of color, first generation college students, and those underrepresented in STEM with opportunities to engage in high impact practices necessary to nurture those all-important 21st Century skills.” She adds, “Hat’s off to the Smith Institute for taking the lead in providing such opportunities for our students!!” 

The Student Poster Competition is organized by a campus-wide committee and convened by the Smith Institute for Applied Research. The Smith Institute encourages curiosity and collaboration and celebrates research achievements that impact the JCSU community by organizing, facilitating, and promoting programs for JCSU students, faculty, staff, and community members to support productive engagement in research activities and enhance the research culture at Johnson C. Smith University.  

A special thanks to our volunteer judges for their service to undergraduate research: Dr. Antonia Mead, Dr. Debra Terrell, Dr. Eduardo Haynes, Dr. Jackie Robinson, Dr. Rosalyn Lang, Dr. Shawn Miklaucik, Ms. Tiphane Pate, and Dr. William Booth.

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