CUSSS 2020

Where & When

The 2020 Carolina Undergraduate Social Science Symposium will be held at Allen University in Columbia, SC. It is sponsored by SCSA and the Division of Business, Education and Social Sciences at Allen University. Symposium organizers are Dr. Kareen R. Muhammad and Professor Nancy Rhoads of Allen University. The symposium provides undergraduate students the opportunity to present their research at a professional meeting. Presentations in any area of social science are welcome.

The conference will begin with an exciting keynote address at 7 PM on Thursday, April 16. On Friday, April 17, students whose abstracts are accepted will give a 10-12-minute presentation of their research or present in a poster session. All presenters will receive certificates of participation. The two best papers and two best posters will receive a Certificate of Excellence in Undergraduate Research and a cash prize.

Application Procedure (Deadline for Abstracts: Tuesday, March 17, 2020)

Interested students should email Dr. Kareem R. Muhammad ( the following items with the term “CUSSS” in the subject line:

1. An abstract (approximately 200 words) that reflects the general content of the paper or poster, author’s name, college major and institutional affiliation

2. Specify the presentation format: paper session or poster session

3. Specify the equipment that is desired for the presentation

To participate in the paper competition, completed papers must be submitted electronically by Friday, March 27, 2020, to Dr. Kareem R. Muhammad ( Faculty advisors who will be in attendance should go to, and complete the registration form so that we can plan for the number of participants.

Papers or posters with multiple authors may be presented at the symposium. However, to be considered for competition, papers and posters must be single-authored.


Registration Fee & Contact Person

A registration fee of $20.00, which includes lunch, will be required for all participants (including accompanying professors and non-presenting students/attendees). The registration fee for groups of ten or more from the same institution will be $15.00 each and must be paid by check. Checks should be made payable to Allen University and mailed to Dr. Kareem R. Muhammad, Allen University, 1530 Harden Street, Chappelle 101, Columbia, SC 29204.

For more information about CUSSS, please contact Dr. Kareem R. Muhammad at ( or (803) 376-8091 or (803) 376-5835 or Professor Nancy Rhoads at ( or (803) 376-5818. We hope to see you at Allen University in April!