The Carolina Undergraduate Social Science Symposium (CUSSS) operates under the auspices of the South Carolina Sociological Association (SCSA). The Symposium provides undergraduate students the opportunity to present their research at a professional meeting with the support of faculty. Presentations should be based on research that students have created in or because of one of their upper-level social science courses.
Presentations in any area of a social science are welcome. “Social science” includes but is not limited to Sociology, Applied Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology, Social Work, Race and Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, Policy Studies, and Global/International Studies.
“Research” is broadly defined. However, posters and papers must articulate the research underlying the work.
CUSSS is held on a designated consecutive Thursday and Friday in April. The symposium kicks off with a keynote address on Thursday evening. Students whose papers are accepted give a 10-12-minute presentation of their research the following day. Posters are displayed and presented in separate sessions.
Each presenter receives a Certificate of Participation. The two best papers and two best posters receive a Certificate for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and a cash prize.
Papers or posters with multiple authors may be presented at the symposium. However, only single-authored papers and posters may be considered for the competition.
A registration fee, which includes lunch, is required for all participants (including accompanying professors and non-presenting students/attendees). The fee amount is announced with the Call for Participation.