Research Symposium

Clark Atlanta University values undergraduate research.  Research and Internships produce students who are better equipped to enter the workforce and produce meaningful results.  Research has demonstrated that students who engage in research in their undergraduate curriculum have increased knowledge of the natural world, intellectual and practical skills, as well as personal and social responsibility (Kuh, 2008; Zhao & Kuh, 2004). In addition, research skills have been shown to lead to intellectual growth, academic achievement and professional growth (Lopatto, 2009).   During our annual undergraduate research symposium, students from all disciplines and all majors have an opportunity to showcase their research endeavors.

Please visit: this link to access all of the presentations.

CAU's 6th Annual Research Symposium was a great success.

Congratulations to our Winners!





Expectations for the Symposium Participants

Research Workshops will be held via zoom on the following dates: (for past dates, recording will be linked)

Guidelines for Poster Presentations

Poster Template (You are not required to use this template)

Guidelines for Oral Presentations

Guidelines for Creative Works Presentations

Students, please see the rubrics that the judges will use below.

Creative Work Rubric

Oral Presentation Rubric

Poster Presentation Rubric

Students of all majors and all disciplines are invited to submit a poster presentation, an oral presentation, or a creative activity to members of the AUC and Atlanta community.  

Participants will have the opportunity to win cash prizes in each category.
$300 - First Place
$200 - Second Place
$100 - First Place  

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the CURC.  (



Welcome Letter

We are very excited to announce that CAU’s 5th Annual Research Symposium will be held virtually starting on April 9, 2020!  All students from all disciplines were encouraged to participate. 


Students have had the opportunity to do a poster, an oral, or a creative work presentation to members of the AUC and Atlanta community.  

Participants will receive a t-shirt, a printed abstract booklet and have the opportunity to win a cash prize.  

The CURC has partnered with the GIS Lab, Graduate Programs and the Dr. Bettye M. Clark Graduate Research Center to hold the 5th Annual Research Symposium, virtually!  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the CURC.  (

View the Presentations HERE.

Special thanks to our judges, research ambassadors and especially the researchers. 

Congratulations to the Winners

Poster Winners

Creative Works Winners

Oral Winner

 Graduate Winners


The CURC hosted CAU's 4th Annual Research Symposium.  It was the highest participation rate to date!
Creative Works Winners
Oral Presentation Winners
Poster Presentation Winners
We had 191 undergraduate participants.
15 Creative Work Entries
20 Oral Presentations (4 stem, 16 nonstem)
98 Poster Presentations (16 stem, 82 nonstem)
We had 50 graduate student participants.
13 Poster Presentations
4 3MT (3 Minute Thesis)
There were 77 faculty mentors involved in mentoring students.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Research Symposium!

Symposium Winners 1 of 3

Symposium Winners 2 of 3


Grad Winners Oral

Grad Winners PosterCAU’s 3rd Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium was held March 27-29, 2018!  We had students from all disciplines participate.  

There were 83 undergraduate student participants, 37 Graduate Students and 41 faculty mentors.  

7 Oral Presentations 

33 Poster Presentations

3 Creative Works


The 2nd Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium was a great success!  

We had a total of 141 researchers participate and 38 faculty mentors.  

See the winners below.

Latonya Beverly

Latonya Beverly, Junior, Mathematics - 1st Place Oral (Stem) Winner

Lady Nwadike 

Lady Nwadike, Senior, Biology - 1st Place Oral (Non-Stem) Winner

Teacher Perception of the Relationship Between Parental Involvement and Student Outcomes

Mia Edwards, Dominique Woods (not shown), and Elijah Younger, Senior, Psychology - 1st Place Poster (Non-Stem) Winners

A Stage managers Prompt Book

Joanelle Polk (and participants) Sophomore, Theatre Arts - 1st Place Creative Works

1st place poster stem

Latiffa Liburd, Biology, Senior - 1st Place Poster (Stem) Winner

Research and Innovation Week was held March 27-31, 2017

The purpose of Research and Innovation Week was to showcase the importance of research and how it is used in all facets of life and also to celebrate the diverse ideas and collaborations happening right here at CAU.

On Monday, March 27: The GIS Symposium (Geographic Information Systems) featured research performed by the students in the GIS Courses and the work of faculty & professionals in the field.  The symposium also explored the prevalence of geospatial education at HBCUs, discussed networking opportunities and advancements in the field, and explored the importance of a GIS Education for both research and career opportunities.  

There were 6 GIS maps on display during the symposium.

On Tuesday, March 28:  The Graduate Research Symposium highlighted research and projects from graduate and professional students at CAU.  In addition to showcasing their ideas, students will had the opportunity to advance and to demonstrate expertise in their respective fields, as well as explore interdisciplinary innovations. Participants presented via oral or poster presentation.  This symposium also featured a panel discussion and guest speakers. 

14 Graduate Poster Presentations
4 Graduate Poster Presentations
7 Graduate Oral Presentations

See additional photos of all of the presenters HERE.

On Wednesday, March 29: The Center for Undergraduate Research and Creativity (CURC) is held its 2nd Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.  The symposium featured research and creative works from all academic disciplines.  Under the direction of a faculty mentor, student researchers presented either a poster or an oral presentation on their desired topic.  Monetary prizes were awarded for each category. 

Our submissions include researchers from Clark Atlanta University, Spelman and Morehouse.  

42 Undergraduate Student Posters
5 Undergraduate Creative Works Presentations
8 Undergraduate Oral Presentations

To see a list of all of the undergraduate winners click HERE.

On Friday, March 31:  Clark Atlanta University's art collection is one of the largest and most historically significant collections of African American fine art in the United States.  The capstone to Research and Innovation Week, this session introduced the collection, provided an opportunity to discuss how to use art to generate ideas, and discovered why studying art is imperative in developing research objectives.


CAU's First Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium was an amazing indication of what is to come for CAU.

We had 91 student participants and 42 Faculty Mentors

13 Oral presentations
26 Posters
4 creative works

The first place winners are featured below.

First Place Poster Winner Ms. Amiah McCray

Amiah McCray

First Place Oral Presentation Winners (Tie)

Kelsey Gallant

Kelsey Gallant

Imani Stokes

Imani Stokes

To see the Detailed List of Winners click HERE.