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Student Research in the PCEC

research: noun – the systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions
verb – investigate systematically; discover facts by investigation source:

Why conduct research as a student?

  • explore career fields
  • experience one-on-one mentorship with faculty
  • develop critical-thinking, problem-solving, and creativity skills
  • work independently or in a team
  • consider interdisciplinary collaboration
  • understand hypothesis-driven, evidence-based learning
  • network with business & industry professionals
  • compete for research awards

How do I get started with a research project?

Check out our College’s Research Labs to find out about equipment available to students on our campuses.

Talk with your engineering or computing faculty about your research aspirations. Find a Faculty Mentor to work with you.

2024 PCEC Student Research Symposium

Both undergraduate and graduate students in the College will present their research projects/posters to business & industry professionals, advisory committee members, faculty, and student peers at our annual PCEC Student Research Symposium on the afternoon of Friday, April 19, 2024. Typically, well over 250 students present 180 posters and interact with more than 70 judges.

Advisory committee members and industry professionals are invited to participate in several ways:

  • Host an information session or meet-and-greet with students from the College and/or one of our student organizations
  • Sponsor a Symposium award
  • Sponsor an aspect of the Symposium event, and ensure that funding for student research continues at Georgia Southern
  • Review and judge the presentations via the RocketJudge mobile app
  • Talk with the students at the reception preceding the award ceremony

Contact Dr. Reinhold Gerbsch at or 912-478-5474 for more information about these opportunities..

Additional opportunities

  • Undergraduate Research Awards – Students submit research proposals early each fall semester; The College Research Committee awards research funds for student research supplies and materials. 
  • Assistants in Research Labs – Faculty-directed research labs in the College of Engineering & Computing often use student assistants. Working in a lab provides students with additional access to conduct research with faculty experts.

Last updated: 2/26/2024