Fresh Perspectives in Research 2011 Call for Papers

Call for Papers, Panels, and Posters

Researching, writing, and presenting a paper at a conference can seem like a daunting task.  However, if you are pursuing an academic (or even non-academic) career, the effective presentation of research is a key life skill.  The public sharing of your work is beneficial for improving presentation skills and gaining tremendous feedback from colleagues, instructors, and friends. It also affords the opportunity to raise your professional profile and self-image, and can reduce the feeling of academic or professional isolation by offering networking opportunities.

The Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) is a valuable, open arena in which to gain the experience of presenting to and discussing research-in-progress with your professors and peers, in a friendly and supportive, yet academically rigorous, environment.  It offers undergraduates from different disciplines the opportunity to meet, cultivate connections, and exchange ideas.  We hope that all who take part in the URC will enjoy the opportunity to not only interact with their peers and Bryan College faculty and staff, but also to broaden their own intellectual horizons.

Undergraduates in all disciplines are encouraged to submit their work for presentation.  This need not be a new piece of original research instead, students will want to think about using a piece of work they’ve already authored and see how they can bring a “fresh perspective” to it so that their observations and conclusions can be more effectively communicated to their audience.  Student-faculty collaborative projects will also be considered for inclusion at the conference.  There are three monetary prizes for the top three presentations ($300, $200, $100).

Please send a 250 word abstract for a 15-20 minute presentation to the co-coordinators of the Bryan Center for Undergraduate Research (BCUR) : Dr. Brian Eisenback and Dr. Salvatore MusumeciThe deadline for abstract submission is extended to 4 March 2011.*  In addition to the abstract, include a brief biography (3-5 sentences) with contact information, and a tentative assessment of any audiovisual equipment required for your presentation.  A panel of faculty reviewers will review abstracts and form panels.  Students will be notified of decisions by 5 March 2011.

*The BCUR will host a one-hour abstract writing workshop on 9 February and 16 February at 7:00 PM in the Academic Support Center.