Faculty and Staff Information
The symposium is open to students of all classes, and is intended to showcase all forms of student intellectual inquiry, including the following:
- Independent research with a faculty or staff adviser;
- Class-wide research or group projects;
- Summer or winter internships involving the meaningful exploration of a topic;
- Creative work, including studio art and dramatic or musical performance;
- Research conducted while studying abroad.
Presentation formats include 15-minute oral presentations, 15-minute music, dance, film, and theater presentations, staffed poster sessions, and staffed artwork displays.
Class presentations - Most of our oral presentation sessions involve four 15-minute presentations by individual students from different disciplines on a common theme to form a 75-minute session (5 minutes between presentations). However, some presentations are from an entire class on group work. An all-class presentation can be for an entire 75-minute session with one group presentation or multiple individual 15-minute presentations on the shared topic. Alternatively, students involved in group class projects may submit one 15-minute presentation to be incorporated into a standard multidisciplinary 75-minute session.
In order to accommodate the increasingly diverse array of student projects, and artistic and theatrical/dance projects in particular, the symposium will take place in multiple venues: McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Johnson Memorial Building and, in the evening, performances will be held at the Mahaney Center for the Arts.
Students are invited to submit presentations conducted in any language. We will, however, require that non-English presentations include English translations in a format appropriate to the presentation’s structure, such as slide subtitles.
The application process for this year’s symposium will begin with an all-campus email message in November, inviting all students to participate. A similar message will be sent at the beginning of January. Students participating as individuals, small groups, or classes must all submit an on-line application, and each presentation must include a designated faculty or staff sponsor. See the current application deadline at go/symapp. Students and their sponsors will be notified of their presentation time and grouping in late March.
Sponsoring a student presenter - encourage a student to submit an application for a project you are familiar with and review their abstract. Updates will be sent by email about the syposium. Please plan to attend their session and come to the presenter-sponsor lunch in Atwater on the full day of the symposium.
Media Agreement- Be aware that student abstracts are printed in the program and may be made available online. Please contact URO if this is an issue for you as a sponsor.
As well as being a student sponsor, faculty and staff are welcome to serve on the symposium committee, its subcommittees or at the symposium as a moderator. If you are interested, please email the committee chairs. Otherwise, all faculty and staff are encouraged to check the schedule and attend student presentations throughout the event.
Please feel free to speak with any member of our planning committee to share questions, ideas, or feedback (see members in right sidebar).