UAFS Undergraduate Research Symposium
About the Symposium
The annual Undergraduate Research Symposium provides an opportunity for UAFS students to present what they have learned from their research experiences to fellow students, faculty, and the community. This year the symposium's theme is "Local Identity and Global Awareness". The Undergraduate Research Symposium includes posters and oral presentation sessions by students from all academic disciplines and is scheduled for April 18, 2014.
Students actively carrying out research are should apply, and those students not involved in research at this time are encouraged to attend to learn about the broad range of research being done at UAFS. This symposium allows students to learn from one another and become involved in interdisciplinary discourse.
- Ask a faculty member to sponsor your presentation
- Select a presentation format (oral, poster, studio art, et cetera).
- Follow the instructions below to prepare your abstract.
- All applications and abstracts must be proofread and approved by the sponsoring faculty member. Poorly written abstracts will not be considered for participation in the symposium.
- For full consideration, the topic of research should relate to the theme of the symposium.
- Your sponsor must submit your application for review by March 14, 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- After the symposium, submit your final research paper via email by May 1.
The abstract should summarize the essentials of your idea in a single paragraph of no more than 250 words. The abstract must capture the core of your thesis or theme, so that the audience and judges will understand the direction and significance of your research.
- Write an abstract between 200 and 250 words.
- Prepare the abstract as part of the application form.
- Carefully proofread your abstract and ask your faculty sponsor to also proofread the abstract; substandard abstracts risk non-acceptance.
- Your sponsor will submit your abstract and application information via email@example.com.
- If accepted, your abstract will be included in the symposium's published program. It should reflect the quality of your work as a scholar. Please work closely with your faculty sponsor to produce an abstract that exemplifies academic excellence.
Research Paper Guidelines
If accepted, your paper will be published as part of the symposium's online anthology. You *must* submit a copy of your final paper to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than May 1. This gives you sufficient time after the symposium to revise and finalize your paper based on questions and comments you received as part of your presentation. The paper should be saved as a Word document (.doc), using the style guidelines of your particular discipline (MLA, APA, Chicago, et cetera). If you are unable to create a Word document, please contact Jessica Martin at 788-7154 for instructions.
Your abstract must be prepared as part of the appropriate application form.
Each student will select a presentation format based upon his or her particular field of study.
Oral presentations will be 10 to 15 minutes in length. A Smart System is available in each presentation room. (This includes a PC/Projection capability, etc.) Students should bring their material on a flash drive or provide their own laptop to be connected into the system. Oral presentations will be scheduled on the afternoon of symposium at the discretion of the organizing committee. Changes to the schedule will not be made to accommodate any individual presenters. As such, each presenter is responsible for keeping his scheduled time.
Poster presentations should be sized according to the standards imposed by your area of research. All posters must state the names of the student and faculty sponsor on the back of the poster. The posters will be displayed for up to two hours, during which time the student must be present to discuss his or her work. Posters should either be freestanding or presenters must provide means to support the poster (e.g. easel). In addition to posters representing research from specific colleges (Education, Health Sciences, et cetera), the symposium also welcomes posters detailing civic engagement projects, or those that involve forging connections between students, the University, and the community.
Studio art includes works from the fields of ceramics, sculpture, photography, painting, or other forms of visual communication. Art must be mounted, matted, framed, or otherwise displayed in a professional manner. Students must be present for a two-hour period to discuss their work.
Performing art is any musical or theatrical performance, no more than 15 minutes in length. The performance will be recorded and presented as a viewing, rather than performed live, so the student must specify a description of equipment needed to view the recording. Please note these requirements when submitting and application and abstract. Each student will be required to be present for a two-hour session to discuss his or her work while it is being presented.