The Montclair State University’s Fifth Student Research Symposium - Open to All Students

“Promoting Collaboration Across Disciplines”

Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Montclair State University’s Fifth Student Research Symposium is a forum to showcase and reward 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 display as well as oral or multimedia presentations. Graduate and undergraduate students from across the university, including the College of the Arts, are invited to participate.

Open to undergraduate and graduate students, the Student Research 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 rather than organizing them by disciplinary or college boundaries.

Students are welcome to submit proposals for 15-minute oral presentations, posters or multimedia presentations.

  • 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 read a paper or to summarize a project and its primary conclusions. PowerPoint projection will be available upon request.

  • 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. 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.

  • Multimedia Presentations: Multimedia may be incorporated into the oral presentation or as a stand-alone display in lieu of a poster (e.g. timed PowerPoint presentation on a laptop.) In regards to oral presentations, participants may make them 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 provided as part of the abstract proposal. These presentations are not to exceed 10 minutes, followed by a 5-minute period for questions and answers. (Multimedia "posters" should not exceed 5 minutes.).

All abstracts must be proofread and approved by a sponsor faculty member before being submitted.

All studies using human subjects need IRB approval.


Deadline for Abstracts:
Fall - December 10, 2010;       Spring - February 15, 2011

When submitting your abstract proposal, be prepared to provide the following:

  • Names, phone numbers, and emails of authors and co-authors.
  • Names of those who will be presenting.
  • Type of presentation (oral, poster or multimedia).
  • Audio-visual requirements.
  • Institutional Review Board approval if using human subjects in the study.
  • Title of presentation.
  • A 200 word (maximum) abstract summary .
  • Name, email, phone and school/college of faculty advisor.

Posters (printing and size restrictions):

  • After your proposal is approved, if you want your poster to be printed in the ADP Center (located on the first floor on the south side of University Hall), please note that the deadline to do so is Friday, March 11, 2011 (after this date you will need to do the printing on your own).

  • Posters’ dimensions should not exceed 28.7" x 40.6 (landscape orientation) and may be designed to occupy a table or a wall.

  • For further instructions regarding poster printing, visit

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Is it permissible to submit a proposal for a research/scholarly project that has not yet been initiated or completed?

A: Although a given scholarly project need not be fully completed by the time of proposal submission, it should be far enough along to pose some conclusions and to ensure that the project will be completed by April 2011.

Q: Is artistic creation (e.g., a painting, musical composition, play, etc.) acceptable as a mode of scholarship?

A:The artistic creation as a stand-alone piece would not comprise an acceptable presentation. The presentation, in full, should focus on the research and conceptual thinking which ‘informed’ the creation, including the philosophical/theoretical and/or historical underpinnings, where applicable. Representation of the creation itself, however, may certainly be part of the presentation.

Q: I have questions regarding the abstract and posters

A: Refer to the links below for suggestions and samples.

Helpful Links

How To Links – Including guidelines for developing effective abstracts and posters

Sample Abstracts reprinted from previous conference programs

Sample Posters

Last Year’s Program

Programs from Previous Years


For any additional questions, feel free to contact Professor Todd Kelshaw ( who is coordinating this year’s College of the Arts submissions.


Click here to submit your abstract.