- Expand your depth of understanding and knowledge in your academic field.
- Define your academic, career, and personal interests.
- Establish valuable connections with faculty.
- Gain academic experiences that will help expand your resume.
- Develop critical thinking, leadership, time management, and communication skills.
- Explore research and creative techniques.
How to Register
Go to the Students tab and select Registration. There is a hyperlink titled "Register Here" that will take you to a Qualtrics survey. Please carefully fill out the required fields for each question of the survey. You will be asked to submit the title of your work and a proposal that explains your research and methodology. The following is the proposal criteria you need to follow:
- Must be 50 words minimum, 350 words maximum. (This is not an essay detailing your work).
- Must use proper grammar and correct spelling.
- Briefly describe your work and what you will be doing or have done (or describe your hypothesis, if you have yet to complete your research results).
- Outline your methodology—how you got or will get your results and conclusion.
You will also find a place to indicate the type of session you want to be in (poster, oral, or performing arts), the academic discipline that best describes your work, and what you plan to do during your presentation (PowerPoint presentation, perform a song, demonstrate a model, etc.).
Student participants are required to have a faculty member as a mentor for their project. Mentors work with their students to guide and prepare them for the R&CW conference. The mentor for your project needs to be a faculty member on campus. Please keep in close contact with your mentor as you work on your project and prepare for the conference.
To edit your current submission, please email us directly. Please view our additional information regarding project types below to help clarify how your project should be classified. For any other questions or concerns, please contact us.
We organize each project into groups called "sessions." Faculty volunteers are assigned in pairs to each session, and they serve as judges for the conference. Each session usually contains 5-6 projects, which allows the judges to spend an appropriate amount of time reviewing each project that they are assigned to. Listed below are the different project types:
Students submitting projects in poster sessions use a poster, display, or physically-built project (such as Mechanical Engineering, Fashion Design, or Art) to present their work. Students will have time before the conference to set up. Clips will be provided to hang posters. If a project requires additional materials, they must be obtained by the participants on their own. Presenters will have the opportunity for judges, the public, and potential employers to view and ask questions about their work. Televisions or monitors are not provided for the students, participants must bring their own as needed.
Oral Sessions are divided into fifteen-minute segments. Each presenter will have ten minutes to present their research and three minutes to answer questions for a total of thirteen minutes per presentation. There will be two minutes between presenters so that the next presenter can set up. Oral presenters will have access to a large television and are required to bring their own computers and connecting cables for an HDMI connection.
The Performing Arts Session takes place in the Snow and is generally limited to music, dance, and theater performances. The public is welcome to watch the performances. After each performance, the judges assigned are given time to ask questions and comment on the projects.
Preparing for the Conference
During the conference, there will be faculty members assigned to judge your project and give you feedback. The judges are selected by the appropriate department chairs. It is not a guarantee that judges will be provided. During the conference, if judges are not present to view your project, please contact your department chair directly. Judges will rank projects from 0 to 3:
- 0 - Just getting started
- 1 - Sufficient, needs some work
- 2 - Meets expectations
- 3 - Outstanding
On the conference day, we have a specific schedule for you to follow and specific booth spaces for you to present your work. This is set in place so that the conference can run smoothly. The schedule and map will be sent to you in an email about a week before the conference. If you wish to view the general schedule, please look at the Conference Info Page.