What is an ABSTRACT?

You will be asked to submit the title of your work and an abstract that explains your research. An abstract is a summary of your work, meaning the main idea of your project, what you hope to accomplish and HOW you will accomplish that goal with this project.  The following is the abstract criteria you need to follow:

  • Must be 100 words minimum-350 words maximum.
  • Must use proper grammar and correct spelling.
  • Briefly describe your work and what you found (or hypothesize to find, if you have yet to complete your research results).
  • Outline your methodology--how you got your results and conclusion. 

NOTE: Your abstract will be looked at, not only by the conference team in order to place you into your apporpriate competing session but also by those who are judging you. Please make sure it is professional and well written. 

The Research and Creative Works Conference for Spring 2016 will be held on TWO diferent days, July 6, 2016 for DANCE and LIVE PERFORMANCE and July 14, 2016 for ALL OTHER SESSIONS. 

Please disregard the options for requesting TVs and easels (please request a table if one is needed). All participants will be provided a 10 foot space unless more space is requested.

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Which Session Should I Choose?

There are four types of sessions that students can choose from at the R&CW: Oral, Poster, written, and Live Sessions. Students may be confused at the differences between the sessions and which one should they choose for their work. Below are descriptions for each type of session. It should be noted that we encourage students to present in the most commonly accepted medium of their field.  

Poster Sessions

Poster sessions include any project that utilizes the aid of a display such as a poster to detail a research project, or any other type of physically built project (Mechanical Engineering robots to Fashion Design to Art projects).Each team member does not have to be present while the poster session is open to the public from 4:30-6:30 pm. However, at least one presenter must be at their display from 4:30 pm until they have been judged. Clips or fasteners will be provided to help display projects. If a project requires additional materials, they must be obtained by the participants on their own. Poster Sessions are comprised of groups of UP TO 10 projects. Presenters will have the opportunity for judges, the public, and potential employers to witness and question about their work.  

Oral Sessions

Oral Sessions normally begin on the day of the conference at 4:30 pm and run to 6:30 pm, each divided into 15-minute segments. Each presenter will have 10 minutes to present their research and 3 minutes to answer questions for a total of 13 minutes per presentation with 2 minutes in between presenters allowing for the next presenter set-up.

Oral presenters normally utilize a TEC Console (a computer with a projector) to help communicate their project. While Oral presenters are not required to use anything to aid their presentation, a PowerPoint or other appropriate visual aid will help. For further questions, talk with your mentor about what type of presentation would be most appropriate for your discipline. Students who present in Oral Sessions will be grouped with those of a similar subject matter. Each session will be limited to around 4-6 presenters per session. The public is invited and welcomed to come and view the Oral presenters.

Visitors are welcome, however, coming in and out during presentations is prohibited as to give each presenter equal respect and attention. If you must leave early, please do so in-between presentations. 

Live Sessions

Live Sessions are normally limited to Music, Dance, and Theatre majors who perform their own work and can vary in time depending on the amount of time required to perform their piece. The allotted time for Live Sessions normally runs a day to a week before the day of the conference in the evening, and individual presentations are based upon the projects needed time, although the live session's time my vary.

Individuals are placed in sessions according to their discipline (i.e. Dance with Dance, Music with Music) and are judged accordingly. If presenters have special needs they may make a request and we are willing to work with them to the best of our ability. 

Students who present in Live Sessions have an opportunity to present their work before a larger audience and have their work critiqued by professionals on a professional level.

Written Sessions

Written submissions are the only session where the student participants submit their work before the conference. Conference staff will solicit the literary works from participants a month in advance. The judges use this time to review each of the submissions and choose the winning submissions. However, each written session will have the opportunity to present a summary of their paper in front of the other participants in their session. This will take place from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  The first, second, and third place papers will be on display at the conference during the poster sessions.