Student Research Symposium

Friday April 15, 2016
University Hall, 7th Floor Conference Center

The Montclair State University 10th Annual Student Research Symposium is a forum that showcases and rewards outstanding student scholarship and research by students at Montclair State University. The Symposium provides a venue for sharing research with the academic community, peers, and the greater community through poster displays as well as oral and multimedia presentations.

Open to undergraduate and graduate student participation, the Symposium aims to promote interdisciplinary research and collaboration in the hope of instilling in our students the importance of exploring issues from multiple perspectives. Proposals that cross boundaries among disciplines are thus encouraged. Similar presentations will be grouped together in regards to their “theme” rather than discipline or college derivation, and there are several monetary awards for the top interdisciplinary presentations (details below).

Abstract Categories

  • Oral presentation: Participants will present as part of a panel of similarly-themed papers. Each presenter will have fifteen minutes (ten minutes for presentation and five minutes for question and answer) to present a paper or to summarize a project and its primary conclusions. Equipment for PowerPoint projection will be available.
  • Poster: Participants will prepare a single poster that summarizes the overall project through its research questions, methods, and conclusions. During the session authors will be required to be available at their poster to answer questions and explain their project to audience members. Projects where the major points are evident through charts and graphs are best suited to this format. The poster should not require any audiovisual support.
    • Printing Instructions: The ADP Center for Learning Technologies in the College of Education and Human Services (UN 1140) Posters will be printed in the order received with ample time before the event. You will be notified when your poster is available for pick-up.
      Please follow these Poster Formatting Guidelines. To have your poster printed please complete the Poster Printing Request Form. When submitting the request form please indicate in the comments section that this is a request for the Student Research Symposium. If you have questions on formatting or printing, contact the ADP Center at (973) 655-5220 or
    • If you do not wish to use the ADP center, or miss the deadline, you may print at any off-campus printing center as long as the dimesnions are within the stated guidelines, does not exceed 28.7"W x 40.6"L (Portrait) or 40.6"W x 28.7"L (Landscape).
  • Multimedia presentation: Multimedia will be incorporated into the oral presentation sessions. Participants may make their presentations partially or completely using film, video, digital slides and/or other media, but must include, with complete clarity, the project's goals and objectives. Technical requirements (including internet access and equipment) must be stated in the abstract proposal. These presentations are not to exceed 10 minutes, followed by a 5 minute period for questions and answers.
  • All abstracts must be proofread and approved by a sponsor faculty member before being submitted.
  • If you plan to conduct research involving human participants or human subjects (a living individual about whom an investigator, whether professional or student, conducting research obtains: data through intervention or interaction with the individual, or identifiable private information) data, it is strongly advised that you submit to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) as soon as possible. All studies with human subjects require IRB approval prior to participant recruitment or data collection.


There are four monetary awards available for the best interdisciplinary submissions, two for undergraduate projects and two for graduate projects. Awards will be presented in the categories of "Best Interdisciplinary Poster Presentation" and "Best Interdisciplinary Oral Presentation." For each category the award will be presented to one undergraduate and one graduate student respectively.