Montclair State University’s Sixth Annual Student Research Symposium - Open to All College of the Arts Students

Promoting Collaboration Across Disciplines - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 8:30am to 6pm

The Montclair State University Student Research Symposium is a forum to showcase outstanding student scholarship and research by University students with the academic and greater communities through poster displays as well as oral and multimedia presentations.

Open to all undergraduate and graduate students from across the university, including the College of the Arts, 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 and will be grouped by theme rather than within disciplinary or college boundaries.

Students are encouraged to submit proposals that address any of the following formats:

             Oral presentation (15 minutes): 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 available at their poster stations 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. A list of technical requirements (including internet access and equipment) must be provided as part of the abstract proposal. 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 faculty member sponsor before being submitted.

All studies using human subjects need IRB approval.

For further information, contact: Dr. Christopher McKinley (; 973-655-3438)


Instructions for Submission:

Deadline for Abstracts:

Fall - December 10, 2011;       Spring - February 10, 2012

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, 2012 (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



Abstracts Submission:

Click here to submit your abstract.



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 2012.

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

Programs from Previous Years

Q: Who can I contact with additional questions?

Contact Dr. Christopher McKinley (; 973-655-3438)