Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of questions you may have about the Research Symposium. If you have a question not answered below, contact Jessica Brandt, (CHSS) or Scott Kight, (CSAM).

My research involves human participants, do I need special permission?
Yes, you will need to get approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB).
What if my abstract is over the 250 word limit?
The system will limit you to the first 250 words you type in. Therefore, it is imperative that you attempt various drafts of your abstract (preferably in word) before logging onto the registration site.
I've never written an abstract before. Is there any guidance on abstract preparation?
You can view our Sample Abstracts to assist you in preparing your own abstract.
Can my abstract be rejected?
The student research symposium is being organized for the benefit of all students on campus and we would like to provide everyone with the opportunity to participate. However, we would like students to maintain high standards in their submissions and presentations. Your initial submission will be reviewed by a set of referees who will either accept or request a resubmission. If you are required to resubmit, please consider the suggestions provided and submit your edits before the deadline. We recommend that you consult with your mentors while preparing or revising your abstract. If you able to revise your abstract sufficiently well, you will certainly be accepted.
I presented my poster at a different conference. Do I have to print a new poster?
No, if your poster does not exceed 28.7"W x 40.6"L (Portrait) or 40.6"W x 28.7"L (Landscape) you may use your previously presented poster. Otherwise you will need to print a new poster.
My poster will be a different size than what is specified on the ADP site. What do I do?
If the poster does not fit into the ADP guidelines, you will have to use an outside printing source, but the dimensions can not exceed 28.7"W x 40.6"L (Portrait) or 40.6"W x 28.7"L (Landscape).
Can I use a tri-fold to present my poster?
What if I miss the abstract submission deadline? Can I still submit?
Unfortunately, there is no grace period and this deadline is strict. The symposium is held every year and we recommend you submit the following year.
I tried to upload my abstract the night it was due and it wouldn't upload. Now I've missed the deadline. What should I do?
Unfortunately, we cannot accept your abstract after the deadline, irrespective of the reason. We strongly suggest you submit the abstract at least a few days before the deadline.
My abstract has scientific symbols/formulas, but the submission site won't accept these symbols. What should I do?
If your abstract contains scientific symbols/formulas, check the option under the abstract field, and you will be contacted with information on how to send that information to us.
My abstract has figures/images, but the submission site won't accept these graphics. What should I do?
If your abstract contains figures/images, check the option under the abstract field, and you will be contacted with information on how to send that information to us.
Can two students present one project in an oral presentation?
Yes; however, both students must share the allocated 15 minute limit.
I have to work on the day of the symposium. Can I be scheduled around my work hours?
We will try our best to accommodate your request. Let your request be known by emailingJessica Brandt, (CHSS) or Scott Kight, (CSAM).
If I'm giving a poster, will I have time to see other posters and hear some of the oral presentations?
Poster presentations are scheduled separately from oral presentations so you will be able to attend any oral presentation you wish. Three poster sessions are scheduled this year thereby providing ample opportunity for all presenters to view posters and attend oral presentations.
When do I present or discuss my poster?
All presenters are encouraged to attend the entire day's events. You will be notified of your specific poster/oral presentation scheduled time in early April. Your presence will be required at your scheduled session. If you have specific requests for a time slot, please email Jessica Brandt, (CHSS) or Scott Kight, (CSAM) no later than March 1. We will do our best to accommodate your request.
I've never given an oral presentation before outside of class. Is there any opportunity to rehearse and get suggestions to improve my presentation?
We recommend that you practice in front of family and friends and also prepare your presentation in advance so you can practice with your advisor. And, of course there are always resources on the internet.
Who will be attending this symposium?
The entire campus community will be invited. Typically, faculty, students, staff, and guests of the presenters will be in attendance.
Can I invite family or friends?
We welcome your family and friends to attend the Symposium. The Symposium is a wonderful opportunity for you to showcase your work.