Research Symposium Creates Forum To Stimulate Collaboration and Education

April 9, 2012 at 11:07 am

The stage will be set on Friday, April 20, for collaboration among colleges and the education of students as the eighth annual SC Upstate Research Symposium brings together great minds at Milliken & Company from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This free Symposium provides an opportunity 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.

One of the primary goals of this series is to provide a forum that encourages interaction among all attendees in order to stimulate research, grant writing, and multi-disciplinary collaborations between Upstate universities and colleges. The Symposium provides an ideal environment where both faculty and students from primarily undergraduate institutions throughout the Upstate of South Carolina can interact to discuss and share information regarding their research, as well as their scholarly and/or creative endeavors. It also can encourage Upstate high school students to remain in the Upstate for their college education.

“We are not research-centered schools, so it is impressive how many people are doing research – finding the time to do it, getting grant money and publishing papers,” said Dr. Sebastian van Delden, associate professor of computer science and director of research at the University of South Carolina Upstate. “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.”

This year, presentations, posters, and tutorials will be presented by faculty and students from numerous disciplines at USC Upstate, Wofford College, Converse College, Sherman College, Spartanburg Community College, Clemson University, Lander University, Spartanburg Methodist College, Southern Wesleyan University, Francis Marion University, North Greenville University, and Greenville Technical College.

The Best Student Presentation, Poster, and Paper will also be recognized at this Symposium with the student scholars receiving award certificates and prizes.

Dr. Thomas Moore, new USC Upstate chancellor, will deliver the keynote address at 8:45 a.m.

Moore’s 30-year career in higher education has given him an opportunity to work closely with various constituencies, including students, faculty, administrators, alumni and business, community and political leaders. Prior to coming to USC Upstate, he served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Winthrop University. He holds a B.S. in chemistry from Huntingdon College and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of South Carolina.

The primary sponsor of this event is Milliken & Company and Lily Lancaster, the William S. Moore Palmetto Professor in Quality Studies in the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics. Contributing university sponsors include USC Upstate, Wofford College, Francis Marion University, Greenville Technical College, Spartanburg Methodist College, and Lander University.

Organizers encourage college and high school students, as well as business and community leaders to attend to not only gain experience of a professional research symposium but to also increase their knowledge of the types of research being pursued at the colleges and universities throughout the Upstate.

The SC Upstate Research Symposium is open to the public, but advance registration online is required. The deadline to register is Friday, April 6.

Registered attendees will receive lunch, printed symposium proceedings and other materials.

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