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Center for Undergraduate Research and Intellectual Opportunities (CURIO)


CURIO offers itself as a valuable tool for students in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences who have a passion for their discipline and an interest in getting involved with undergraduate research.

Georgia Southern and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences encourage undergraduate research because research benefits the student, faculty, college, and university. CURIO is committed to facilitating undergraduate research and helping students with their research needs in any way possible.

The office for CLASS Undergraduate Research and Intellectual Opportunities was established in 2008 to expand the opportunities for undergraduates to engage in research and mentored scholarship at Georgia Southern University and offer undergraduate students the opportunity to work directly with faculty on projects that involve research, scholarship, and creativity.
These projects are designed and implemented by students with the support and guidance of CLASS faculty.

By engaging in undergraduate research, students will learn to apply what they already know in ways that interest them and allow them to influence others. Along the way, students will develop new skills, meet others with similar interests, gain confidence in themselves and their scholarship, define their own style, and deepen their connections to Georgia Southern and the academic community. Through undergraduate research symposia and academic conferences, students will have the opportunity to share their work as they experience the fulfillment of scholarship and creative activity.

Students who have experienced scholarship in meaningful ways offered through undergraduate research experiences are better prepared to address future problems and to assume important rules as enlightened citizens and leaders. To that end, students’ undergraduate research experiences will begin their professional lives. To help them reap the full benefits of participating in undergraduate research, CURIO offers a variety of resources to help undergraduate research become a distinctive feature of students’ undergraduate experiences.

To learn more, please contact our office.

Contact Information

PO Box 8142
Foy Building, Room 3007
Statesboro, GA 30460-8142

Department Contact
Art Derek Larson
CLASS Advisement Center Cristy Curley
Criminal Justice & Criminology Bryan Miller
History Christina Abreu
Writing & Linguistics Melissa Carrion
Music Martin Gendelman
Psychology Bradley Sturz
Spring Symposium

CURIO invites all currently enrolled CLASS undergraduate scholars to submit proposals for our annual symposium. Scholarly and creative proposals are welcome from any CLASS major; interdisciplinary proposals are also welcome.

The 2017 CURIO Symposium will be held on April 11, 2017 at the Carroll Building on the campus of Georgia Southern University.

Submission Information

The CLASS Office for Undergraduate Research & Intellectual Opportunities (or CURIO) is pleased to host an evening highlighting the best research and creative endeavors of the college’s students at the CURIO Symposium to be held on April 11, 2017. We welcome submissions from currently enrolled undergraduate students from all major and minor areas of study in CLASS. Projects completed during the Spring 2016, Summer 2016, Fall 2016, and Spring 2017 semesters are welcome. Interdisciplinary projects from those semesters may also be submitted.

To apply for the Symposium, students should submit a 250-word abstract describing the scholarly or creative activity and the presentation, paper, performance, or poster that will be utilized to showcase the research or creative endeavor. The abstracts should explain how the project represents original student work. The application also requires the listing of a faculty mentor with whom the student worked with on the project. The faculty mentor should help students prepare to deliver their presentation by providing both advice and feedback on their material and physical presentation.

This year, faculty mentors may also submit an application on behalf of students who wish to participate in the Symposium. The abstract should describe the student’s research or creative endeavor in detail and explain how the project, paper, performance, or poster represents original student work. Please limit these to 250 words.

All projects should be submitted to: Applications will be accepted until March 3, 2017 (please note, you must be logged in to MyApps to access the application page).

Projects selected for the Symposium program will take the form of 10-15 minute presentations, readings, or performances. Students presenting posters will be allotted time to discuss their work. If selected to participate, students must be physically present at the Symposium to comment on their research, presentation, performance, or poster and to respond to questions from the audience. Selected papers, projects, performances, and posters need be in final draft format or ready to be performed by April 1, 2017.

Outstanding presentations, performances, and posters in the humanities, fine arts, and social sciences, as determined by judges, will be recognized at the Symposium with a monetary award and a student profile on the CLASS website. For any questions, please contact Bryan Lee Miller (

Award Winners

Last updated: 10/8/2017