The Student Research Symposium is a professional opportunity for our students to share academic, professional, and creative work with the entire campus community. Twice a year, students can participate in the Symposium with submissions of original research, reviews, scholarly essays, creative writing, performance, film and original artwork. During the symposium, outstanding student work is recognized with three awards for excellence in undergraduate student research.
Student Research Symposium
Submission GuidelinesSubmissions are due on March 31, 2023 by 11:59PM. Students may submit a proposal for one presentation, performance, or poster.
A presentation is a 10-minute oral presentation of critical, research, professional, or creative work (including original film), followed by short Q & A at the end of each session.
A creative work is a 10-minute performance of dance, spoken word, creative writing, music, or drama, followed by short Q & A at the end of each session.
A poster is a 24×36″ graphic presentation of research, professional, or artistic work; presenters participate in audience Q & A during the session.
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of work can I submit?
Presentation (10 minute oral presentation, papers, research projects, original films, etc), Creative work (10 minute performance, music, creative writing, dance, drama), Poster (24”x36” poster, research results, visual art)
Why should I present my work?
- Feedback and new ideas on ongoing projects
- Recognition from faculty and colleagues
- Professional experience presenting work in a formal setting
- More mileage out of essays, projects, posters, and research you’ve already done
- A line on your resume/CV
Are there other ways to be involved besides presenting?
Absolutely! You can serve as a session chair, volunteer at the registration desk, or serve as a committee member! To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Excellence in Student Research Awards
There are four Excellence in Student Research awards presented at each symposium; Best Presentation, Best Poster, Best Creative Work and Best Graduate Work. Presenters are scored by a panel of judges, and each winner receives $100. Additionally, symposium attendees vote for their favorite presentation, and that individual is awarded the People’s Choice Award.
Past Excellence in Student Research Award Winners:
Creative Works Winner: Kristina K C: “In My Universe Poetry Podcast;” Creative Works Honorable Mentions: Shu’Ron Thompson: “Let’s talk about Sex” film documentary, Harrison Boynton: An excerpt from Returning of the Lost and Kristin Boynton: Chapter Reading from A Reason to Kill.
Presentation Winner: Izak Johnson: “Distribution of Darters (Percidae) in the Salt Fork Creek, Saline County, Missouri”
Presentation Honorable Mentions: Eva Agcailoli and Camden Philips: “Our Role as Political Subjects,” Sidni Hunter: “Imperialist Propaganda and the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of Neoliberal Rebranding,” Dajah Robinson: “Let’sTalk About Sex WORK.”
Poster Winner: Taylor Curry: “Bubonic Plague”
Poster Honorable Mentions: Lorena Piaggi: “College students have more risks in suffering mental health problems,” Mackenzie Murphree (Graduate student): “Five Lessons learned from Dr. Perry and Oprah” and Addie Mejia: “Toxoplasmosis.”
Best Presentation – Zachary Baker
“How Nutrient Over-enrichment from Agricultural Practices Affects the Distribution and Composition of Fishes in Salt Fork Creek.”
Best Poster – Camden Phillips
“Solar Blockchain: Hashing Out Clean Energy.”
Best Creative Work – Cuauhtémoc Olvera
“Hooray for Teacher Day.”
Best Documentary Film – Austin Bohlen
Jim: The Wonder Dog.
People’s Choice Award – Jamyce Marshall
“Ozone Depletion.”Spring 2021Best Poster – Cassandra FuentesBest Presentation – Loanne Martino, Edgar Naen, and Ana Paula TorresbacaBest Creative Work – Sara Pruther VasquezBest Graduate Capstone Presentation – Danielle Riley
You can view programs from recent Student Research Symposiums below.
Spring 2023 Program
Fall 2022 Program
Spring 2022 Program
Fall 2021 Program
Spring 2021 Program
Submit a Proposal
Students must submit their name, submission title and 100-word abstract.
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