Atlanta Research Conference

A woman listens looks at a poster being presented at the Atlanta Research Festival.

Mercer’s 2020 Atlanta Research Conference was scheduled for March 28, 2020. Following the cancellation of the event, a digital copy of the Conference program is available now. View abstracts from student and faculty research, poster presentations, and lecture sessions below.  The University appreciates your interest and looks forward to your submissions for the 2021 Conference.


Students may also virtually showcase their research projects by submitting posters, papers, or presentation materials to University Research, Scholarship, and Archives (URSA), Mercer’s institutional repository.  To submit your project, complete the submission form and upload a PDF file of the project. The project submission deadline has been extended to Friday, June 12, 2020.


Mercer University’s Atlanta Research Conference began in 2011 as a “desire to encourage and inspire students and faculty to become more involved in research activities as well as provide a venue where they can share their findings.”

The conference has grown over the past eight years and now receives over 100 submissions annually.

For more information about Mercer’s Atlanta Research Conference, contact Dr. Cameron Miller, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Atlanta Research Conference Chair, at 678.547.6009 or

Proposal Submissions

Proposals are not being accepted at this time.

A complete proposal submission includes the following:

  • Name and email of presenter
  • Name of co-author (if applicable)
  • Brief biography of presenter
  • Title and abstract of submission
  • Presenter’s school/college affiliation (department information requested where appropriate)
  • Desired format of proposal

Format options for the proposal include:

  • Poster presentation
  • 30 minute lecture session (20 minute presentation plus 10 minute Q & A)
  • 15 minute lecture session (10 minute presentation plus 5 minute Q & A)
  • Either a poster or lecture presentation

Poster Guidelines

General aim and format:

  • A poster is a graphically based approach to presenting research. When presenting with a poster, aim to use the poster as a means for generating active discussion of the research.
  • Limit the text to about one-fourth of the poster space, and use visuals such as graphs, photographs, schematics, maps, etc. to tell your “story.”

Design and layout specifications:

  • The entire poster will be mounted on a 40″ x 60″ foam-core board. The foam board will be provided on the day of the conference when you arrive with your poster. The poster does not necessarily have to fill the entire working area (36″ X 48″).
  • The board must be oriented in the landscape position (long dimension is horizontal).
  • A banner displaying your poster title, name, and department (or class, if appropriate) should be positioned at the top-center of the board.
  • Make it obvious to the viewer how to progressively view the poster. The poster generally should read from left to right, and top to bottom. Numbering the individuals panels, or connecting them with arrows is a standard guidance system.
  • Leave some open space in the design. An open layout is less tiring to the eye and mind.

Tri-fold poster boards are not acceptable. Foam-core boards will be provided by the university on the day of the conference to hang your poster on during your designated poster session.


Conference Planning Committee

College of Professional Advancement

Dr. Cameron Miller, Chair
Dr. Morgan Kiper Riechel
Dr. Wesley Barker
Dr. Laurie Lankin
Dr. Kevin Williams
Dr. Arla Bernstein
Dr. Feng Liu

College of Pharmacy

Dr. Nader Moniri