Montclair State University's 7th Annual Student Research Symposium

Promoting Collaboration Across Disciplines

Student presenting the poster which describes her research project.

Saturday, April 20, 2013 – University Hall

8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Submission Deadline: February 8, 2013


The Montclair State University 7th 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).

Students are welcome to submit abstract proposals in the category of an oral presentation, poster display or multimedia presentation in accordance with the following guidelines:

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 presentation: 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. Posters may be designed to occupy a table space or hung onto a wall.  They should not exceed 28.7” x 40.6” (landscape) in size and should not require any audiovisual support. If you want your poster to be printed in the ADP center free of charge, the deadline for submission is March 30th (after this date students will need to print their posters outside the University at their own expense.) For further instructions, visit
  • 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 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.

If you are unsure about whether your project requires IRB approval or if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact IRB at and/or


Application and Abstracts Submission:

Abstracts are to be submitted online through the following URL:

The following information should be gathered before you log in:

  • Your faculty advisor's name, e-mail address and four-digit MSU phone extension.
  • The name(s) of your co-author(s), if you are presenting with others.
  • An explanation of how your presentation or poster is interdisciplinary, i.e. involves or impacts two or more academic disciplines. You will have a maximum of 200 characters to complete your explanation. (note: It is only necessary to complete this explanation if you would like to be considered for the interdisciplinary presentation or poster awards.)
  • The Assigned Study Number from the Institutional Review Board (IRB), if your proposal includes the use of human subjects and has received IRB approval. 
  • A list of equipment requirements other than laptops, data projectors or overhead/document cameras (if applicable)
  • An abstract of your presentation, which must include a number of basic components. (Click here to learn more.) You will have a maximum of 200 words to complete your abstract.(View sample abstracts here.)



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.