Before the Proposal Deadline

  • Use the symposium as an opportunity to discuss what constitutes research within your discipline.
  • Consider asking your students to create proposals or abstracts for course projects or papers. This can be a valuable writing opportunity for them, whether or not they submit their work to the Symposium.
  • When offering feedback to students, mention the Symposium as a possible venue for public presentation of what they’ve accomplished.
  • Encourage your students (even first- and second-year students) to view in-class presentations as practice for the Symposium.
  • Consider proposing a 45-minute group session in which students from your class present together.

During and After the Symposium

  • Consider constructing assignments (both individual and collaborative) that integrate research, writing, and oral presentation.
  • Take advantage of the resources available through the Library and CTLR, including handouts, peer tutors for both writing and oral presentation skills, and support for designing assignments.
  • Take time in class to browse the Symposium program, highlighting sessions that are relevant to your course material.
  • Encourage students to attend their classmates’ presentations, and give a few minutes to a follow-up discussion after the Symposium.

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Middlebury, VT 05753