Sparking Scholarly Collaborations Throughout The Upstate

March 19, 2010 at 9:41 am

On Friday, March 26, a convergence of great minds – researchers, scholars and creatives – will occur when the sixth annual SC Upstate Research Symposium is held at Milliken & Company from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

“The purpose of the SC Upstate Research Symposium is two-fold,” said Dr. Sebastian van Delden, associate professor of computer science and director of research support at USC Upstate.  “One is to spark collaborations between the different schools, which are not research-focused schools. Another goal of the event is to promote interaction between colleges and the community, stimulating grant writing and other research-oriented partnerships.”

This free symposium series provides a forum for faculty, students, and community representatives throughout the Upstate to interact with each other, to share information and expertise, and to nurture future research collaborations. The program will feature presentations, posters, and tutorials contributed by faculty and students from numerous disciplines at University of South Carolina UpstateConverse College, Wofford CollegePresbyterian CollegeLimestone College, Sherman CollegeWinthrop UniversitySpartanburg Community College, Lander UniversitySpartanburg Methodist College, and Southern Wesleyan University. The Best Student Presentation, Poster, and Paper will be recognized with the student scholars receiving award certificates and prizes.

“We’re not research-one (centered) schools, so it’s impressive how many people are doing research – finding the time to do it, getting grant money and publishing papers,” van Delden said, who is also chairman of the symposium. “And also it’s exciting how a lot of schools are including students in their research. It’s a good experience for the students because it’s coming up with answers to unknown problems, so it really reinforces their critical-thinking skills. It’s an important part of the education process.”

A new addition to the symposium this year is the Creative Performances session, which will include original dance, theatre, music, and digital media performances from Converse College and USC Upstate faculty and students. High schools award winners from the Piedmont Regional III Science Fair have also been invited to present their posters at the symposium.

Gary Hyman, CEO of the Orthopaedic Research Foundation of the Carolinas, will deliver the keynote address during lunch. Following Hyman’s presentation a student awards ceremony will be held.

The primary sponsors of the event are the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Spartanburg Regional Foundation, and Milliken & Company. Several academic institutions that contributed financially to the symposium include USC Upstate, Converse College, Wofford College, Spartanburg Community College, and Spartanburg Methodist College.

The SC Upstate Research Symposium is open to the public but advance registration is required. Organizers encourage high school student groups and community business representatives to attend as well as, college students in order to gain experience of a professional research symposium. Registered attendees will receive Symposium Proceedings, a 180-page booklet containing all of the submitted articles, a t-shirt and other goodies.

To register online, view a detailed program schedule and to learn more details, visit For other information, contact Dr. Sebastian van Delden, associate professor of computer science and director of research support at USC Upstate, at (864) 503-5292 or