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Center for Undergraduate Research and Intellectual Opportunities (CURIO)


The office for CAH Undergraduate Research and Intellectual Opportunities was established in 2008 to expand the opportunities for undergraduates to engage in research and mentored scholarship at Georgia Southern University and offer undergraduate students the opportunity to work directly with faculty on projects that involve research, scholarship, and creativity. These projects are designed and implemented by students with the support and guidance of faculty.

CURIO offers itself as a valuable tool for students in the College of Arts and Humanities who have a passion for their discipline and an interest in getting involved with research. The center promotes and recognizes undergraduate research in the college.

Georgia Southern University and the College of Arts and Humanities encourages undergraduate research because research benefits the student, faculty, college, and university. CURIO is committed to facilitating undergraduate research and helping students with their research needs in any way possible.

By engaging in undergraduate research, students will learn to apply what they already know in ways that interest them and allow them to influence others. Along the way, students will develop new skills, meet others with similar interests, gain confidence in themselves and their scholarship, define their own style, and deepen their connections to Georgia Southern and the academic community. Through undergraduate research symposia and academic conferences, students will have the opportunity to share their work as they experience the fulfillment of scholarship and creative activity.

Students who have experienced scholarship in meaningful ways offered through undergraduate research experiences are better prepared to address future problems and to assume important rules as enlightened citizens and leaders. To that end, students’ undergraduate research experiences will begin their professional lives. To help them reap the full benefits of participating in undergraduate research, CURIO offers a variety of resources to help undergraduate research become a distinctive feature of students’ undergraduate experiences.

CURIO is strongly committed to the wide and inclusive expression of all forms and topics of undergraduate research and creative activity. CURIO invites contributions from all members of the undergraduate community of innovators, creatives, and researchers at the College of Arts and Humanities and welcomes proposals and presentations that include a diversity of voices, backgrounds, and viewpoints.

To learn more, please contact our office.

Contact Information

P.O. Box 8142
Foy Building, Room 3007
Statesboro, GA 30460-8142
Email: Julia Griffin at
or Laura Valeri at

Spring Symposium

The CURIO Symposium will showcase undergraduate research and creative activity undertaken by students in the College of Arts and Humanities. All presentations will delivered through a video format submitted by the presenters.

A panel of judges will review every presentation in each category and select a winner and finalists for each category. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners at the conclusion of the judging process.

Presentation schedule TBD

2022 Symposium Links

Digital Commons Virtual CURIO Symposium

CURIO YouTube Channel

2022 CURIO Committee Chairs

Dr. Julia Griffin, Chair, Statesboro, Literature

2022 CURIO Committee

Dr. Olga Amarie, World Languages & Cultures
Dr. Martin Gendelman, Music
Prof. John Goshorn, Communication Arts
Dr. Amanda Konkle, Literature
Dr. Daniel Larkin, Philosophy & Religious Studies
Dr. Morgan Rempel, Philosophy & Religious Studies
Dr. Cathy Skidmore-Hess, History
Prof. Laura Valeri, Writing & Linguistics

Submission Information

The office for Undergraduate Research & Intellectual Opportunities (or CURIO) is pleased to host an evening highlighting the best research and creative endeavors of the college’s students at the CURIO Symposium to be held in Spring 2022. We welcome submissions from currently enrolled undergraduate students from all major and minor areas of study in the College of Arts and Humanities. Projects completed during anytime during 2019 or spring 2020 are welcome. Interdisciplinary projects from those semesters may also be submitted.

To apply for the Symposium, students should submit a 250-word abstract describing the scholarly or creative activity and the presentation, paper, performance, or poster that will be utilized to showcase their research or creative endeavor. The abstracts should explain how the project represents original student work. The application also requires the listing of a faculty mentor with whom the student worked with on the project. The faculty mentor should help students prepare to deliver their presentation by providing both advice and feedback on their material and physical presentation.

This year, faculty mentors may also submit an application on behalf of students who wish to participate in the Symposium. The abstract should describe the student’s research or creative endeavor in detail and explain how the project, paper, performance, or poster represents original student work. Please limit these to 250 words.

Applications will be accepted until Thursday, March 10. Click here for the submission form. If you have any questions, email

Projects selected for the Symposium program will take the form of 10-15 minute presentations, readings, or performances. Students presenting posters will be allotted time to discuss their work. If selected to participate, students must be physically present at the Symposium to comment on their research, presentation, performance, or poster and to respond to questions from the audience. Selected papers, projects, performances, and posters need be in final draft format or ready to be performed by April 1.

Outstanding presentations, performances, and posters in the humanities, fine arts, and social sciences, as determined by judges, will be recognized at the Symposium with a monetary award and the student’s name on the website.


Presenting poster sessions Thursday, April 7, from 5:30-8 p.m. in the lobby of the Interdisciplinary Building, Statesboro Campus
StudentFaculty AdvisorProject Title
Anna Kathleen Trull, history majorDr. Robert BatchelorLafayette’s Intellect
Sydney Rigdon, history majorDr. Robert BatchelorDigesting the Donners: The public’s consumption of American history
Alexandria Shearer, world languages & cultures majorDr. Grant GearhartPracticum practico: Learning in the community with hands-on education
Ainsley Marie Sprayberry, history majorDr. Robert BatchelorMarie Rowlandson: Captivity and religious identity
Presenting concurrent sessions Thursday, April 7, from 6-7 p.m. in the Interdisciplinary Building, Room 229, Statesboro Campus
StudentFaculty AdvisorProject Title
Khadir Curry, public relations majorDr. Lauren BaylissAgenda-framing and setting in hip hop
A.J. Abad, writing and linguistics majorDr. Joanna SchreiberQueer inclusion in post-secondary education
Tiffany Wells, writing and linguistics majorDr. Lisa CostelloThe gay agenda: Being accepted in children’s literature
Presenting concurrent sessions Thursday, April 7, from 6-7 p.m. in the Interdisciplinary Building, Room 230, Statesboro Campus
StudentFaculty AdvisorProject Title
Caroline Boykin, public relations majorDr. Lauren BaylissAssertion of brand identity and strategic use of frames by North Face and Columbia Sportswear
Ariel Harvell, world languages and cultures majorDr. Zuotang ZhangChinese translation
Austin Thomas Gasiecki, world languages and cultures majorDr. Zuotang ZhangLearning Chinese vocabulary: Understanding students’ perspective
Presenting concurrent sessions Thursday, April 7, from 6-7 p.m. in the Interdisciplinary Building, Room 231, Statesboro Campus
StudentFaculty AdvisorProject Title
Spencer Garner, history majorDr. Robert BatchelorWilliam Kidd: From company privateer to anti-Imperial pirate
Jack Palmer, history majorDr. Robert BatchelorAdam Smith’s travels
Jake Quinn, literature majorDr. Hans-Georg ErneyFrom men to dogs and back again: The plight of the perfect soldiers in Midnight’s Children
Presenting concurrent sessions Thursday, April 7, from 7-8 p.m. in the Interdisciplinary Building, Room 239, Statesboro Campus
StudentFaculty AdvisorProject Title
Amy Turenne, writing and linguistics majorDr. Olivia Carr EdenfieldBreece Pancake’s Appalachian landscape
Brooke Marie Neal, literature majorDr. Olivia Carr EdenfieldTraversing borders: Presence and role of liminal space of Ernest Hemingway
Allison Noonan, literature majorDr. Olivia Carr EdenfieldSalinger’s disciples: Prophet figures in nine stories
Presenting concurrent sessions Thursday, April 7, from 7-8 p.m. in the Interdisciplinary Building, Room 240, Statesboro Campus
StudentFaculty AdvisorProject Title
Arria McGinty, writing and linguistics/literature majorDr. Mary VillepouteauxA Shakespearean subculture of sexuality
Brenna Salverson, philosophy and religious studies/writing and linguistics majorDr. Jason SloneHow do religious stories help us secure long-term mates?
Amir Alexander, writing and linguistics majorProf. Laura ValeriVulnerable (creative presentation)
Lauren HumbleProf. Laura ValeriBehind the black cloak (creative presentation)
8-8:30 p.m., refreshments, closing remarks and award of prizes in the Interdisciplinary Building lobby

Award Winners

Committee Members

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Olga-Amarie.jpgDr. Olga Amarie, an Associate Professor of French in the Department of World Languages and Cultures, a Board Member of Pi Delta Phi (The National French Honor Society in the United States), served on the Undergraduate Research Council at Georgia Southern University from 2013-2020. She has collaborated to a critical edition and has authored several articles based on her research on nineteenth-century unpublished manuscripts by Juliette Adam, Octave Mirbeau, and Remy de Gourmont preserved by the Lilly Library of rare books and manuscripts at Indiana University. Her latest publications include: « Amour et séduction dans la Légende de Tristan et Iseut chez Béroul, Thomas, et Albert Cohen » in Entre-Textes: Dialogues littéraires et culturels, Routledge: 2018; “Displacement Vector Analysis on the GO Board in by Jacques Roubaud” in The Guests of Chance: Hodeporic Poetry, Semicerchio 63, Rivista di Poesia Comparata, Pacini Editore, 2020/2; “Remy de Gourmont 1858-1915” in the Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism (TCLC),Volume 407, Layman Poupard Publishing for Gale/Cengage Learning’s Literature Criticism Series, 2021.
Allison BelzerDr. Allison Scardino Belzer, Associate Professor of History on the Armstrong Campus, served from 2011-2020 as the college’s coordinator of Undergraduate Research and also has chaired the Armstrong Student Scholars Symposium. She is dedicated to enhancing the undergraduate
experience, recently publishing two works for classroom use with Oxford University Press.
Martin GendelmanMartín Gendelman is an Associate Professor and Head of the Music Composition and Theory Area at the Fred and Dinah Gretsch School of Music, and the founding director of the On The Verge new-music series at
Georgia Southern. His work as a composer –which includes music for soloists, chamber groups, and large ensembles, as well as electronics– has been performed throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. He has also led multiple cross-disciplinary collaborations with choreographers, actors, videographers, and other artists. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Universidad Nacional
de La Plata (Argentina), California State University, Northridge, and the University of Maryland.
John GoshornJohn Goshorn is an assistant professor of Multimedia & Film Production within the Communication Arts department at Georgia Southern. An award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter, his feature film THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH has worldwide distribution and is available for download, streaming and on DVD, via several major online outlets.
Dr. Julia Griffin is an Associate Professor in the College of Arts and Humanities, Department of Literature on the Statesboro Campus of Georgia Southern University. Her specialty is Renaissance English literature (Shakespeare and Milton period). She is also Light Magazine‘s featured poet.
Amanda KonkleDr. Amanda Konkle holds a Ph.D. in English. She is an Assistant Professor who teaches Film Studies and Literature classes for the Department of Literature. She is the author of recently published research on Marilyn Monroe films and contemporary television.
Daniel LarkinDr. Dan Larkin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. He received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Memphis in 2017. His research focuses mostly on Plato, specifically the roles by religion and divine inspiration throughout Plato’s work.
Morgan Rempel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Georgia Southern University, Armstrong Campus.
Cathy Skidmore-HessDr. Skidmore-Hess is an associate professor of history and author of “Identity, Guns, and Globalization and Murder in Nata,” and “Murder in Nata: Landscapes of Colonial Justice. Her areas of research are Economics, Environment, Gender and Religion.
Laura ValeriLaura Valeri is Professor of Creative Writing and Pedagogy in the Department of Writing & Linguistics. She earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Florida International University and a Masters of Fine
Arts in Fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop. She has authored five books in fiction and nonfiction and has published numerous stories, literary essays, scholarly criticism, and literary translations. Professor
Valeri’s books have earned the John Simmons Award, the John Gardner Award, and SFASU Press Award for Literary Fiction. She has been twice nominated for a Georgia Author of the Year award.

Last updated: 4/13/2022