Carolina Undergraduate Social Science Symposium (CUSSS)




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.  


All Social Sciences & Areas are Included

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. 

Recognitions, Awards & Registration

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.