2017 Student Research
Conference: 30th Annual Undergraduate and
15th Annual Graduate Research
Call for Abstracts
On Thursday, April 20, 2017, Truman State University will convene
the 30th annual Student Research Conference, a University-wide
Celebration of Student Research, Scholarship, and Creative Achievement. Undergraduate
and graduate students from all academic disciplines are invited and encouraged to present
their scholarly or creative work.
Scheduled classes will not meet during the day on April 20,
and it is hoped that faculty will formally integrate the event into course
schedules and syllabi by incorporating relevant assignments. Some suggested ways
of doing this are listed on the
Info for Faculty page.
Presentations will be grouped into disciplinary
and interdisciplinary sessions based on the overall distribution of abstracts
submitted. Authors select the
scholarly area and the presentation type that is most appropriate for their
project. The presentation options
are listed below.
Oral paper - Oral papers,
or podium presentations, will be 15 minutes in length (including time
for questions) and grouped into sessions based on topic or discipline.
A computer and data projector will be standard presentation
options. Authors who wish to
deliver computer-based presentations should use software packages that are on
the campus computer image (i.e., campus standards). If additional audio-visual
equipment is needed (e.g., 35mm slide projector, overhead transparency
projector, video player
and monitor), authors should indicate this on their online submission form.
Poster presentation -
Posters will fit onto bulletin boards that are 40 inches tall and 60 inches wide. Push-pins for securing
presentation material to the bulletin boards will be available on-site.
Studio art - Studio
arts presentations will be examples of creative works from the fields of
painting, photography, print making, ceramics, sculpture, fibers, or
visual communications. Students will present a body of work to encompass no more
than 8 sq ft. These works will be displayed throughout the Ophelia Parrish Fine
Arts building; thus they will need to be matted, mounted, framed, or
otherwise presented in a professional manner. The abstract proposal must be
accompanied by a description of size, media, and an artist's statement of
Performing art - Performing arts
presentations will be examples of theatrical or musical performances, or
a combination of the two. The performances will be 12-18 minutes in length, with
an additional 2-3 minutes for questions concerning the composer/writer,
style, influence, and performance demands. The performances will take place in
the Ophelia Parrish Fine Arts building, where stages, performance halls,
and classrooms will be made available. The abstract proposal must be accompanied
by a description of needed equipment (props, music stands, etc.), and a
brief summary of the work's style and influence.
Technology showcase - Technology
presentations will be displayed on one-half of a standard, 8 ft long folding table.
Space can be used to display computer graphics, continuous (looped) video
presentations, and/or other technology demonstrations. Some type of written description of
the project should accompany the display.
- Discussion sessions provide the opportunity for individuals or groups
to moderate sessions that are focused on timely, controversial, or
perennial topics. Session topics
might include a wide range of scholarly issues, and some will be
student-oriented (e.g., how to get started on a scholarly project; tips for
delivering excellent presentations) and others will be faculty-oriented (e.g.,
how to mentor student work; the value of collaborative, interdisciplinary
research; faculty showcases). The
roundtable sessions will be one-hour, 'brown bag' discussions held over the
lunch hour. There will be a
maximum number of such sessions that the program can accept.
Posters, technology displays,
and studio art works will be on display throughout the day, with the author(s)
available at a scheduled time for discussion and questions.
TruScholar Research Stipend Recipients
Students who will be presenting research funded by a TruScholar Research Stipend should indicate that when they submit their abstracts. Under the section "Special Designations" please select "TruScholar Research Stipend Recipient."
Submission Guidelines (Deadline: February
Eligible work - An
eligible presentation will report, perform or represent the outcome of
substantial work by a student or group of students. While the project may have
its origin in an assignment for a class, the presentation should show it has
been developed above and beyond a class requirement. It is a paper, artifact or performance that can truly be
called a creative achievement.
Faculty mentor required
- Each presentation should be sponsored or co-sponsored by a Truman
faculty mentor(s); non-sponsored abstracts will not be accepted. If students wish to present
scholarly work that has been conducted during an off-campus research
internship-type experience, and the faculty mentor is from a different
institution, the student should identify a Truman faculty member to be a
co-sponsor of the presentation and to help with planning the presentation.
Abstract requirement -
Each presentation requires an abstract. An abstract is a summary of the project,
and should reflect the professional format normally associated with scholarly
work in the discipline (e.g., an abstract of an artistic performance may be
similar to the program notes that typically accompany such a performance;
science abstracts typically include background information, methods, results,
and a brief discussion). All
abstracts will appear on the conference web site and in the printed program
Student authorship - The same
student should not be a first author on more than two abstracts. Both single- and
multiple-author presentations are welcome. In addition, if undergraduates and graduate students are collaborators on
a project, all can be joint authors on the presentation.
- Student authors should adhere to professional submission standards
when preparing abstracts and should work with their faculty mentors to ensure
that their abstract is correct, complete, and that all guidelines are
followed. The body of the abstract
should not exceed 150 words, and it can be composed and edited using standard
word processing software. The
final abstract, along with other information, will need to be submitted via
the online submission form. Examples of past abstracts can be viewed on the web site
Interdisciplinary presentations -
Interdisciplinary presentations are encouraged. All interdisciplinary
submissions will be reviewed and considered for inclusion in a special Phi Kappa
Phi interdisciplinary session(s).
- Submission of abstracts, titles, and other relevant information for
all presentations should be carried out online at the Conference web
site (Abstract Submissions).
Copies of the information submitted will be sent electronically to the
student presenter(s) and the faculty mentor. The submission site will open in January
the deadline for receiving abstracts is February 20, 2017 (5:00 pm CST).
The size and scope of the
Conference preclude any type of peer review of abstracts, and virtually all
student submissions are accepted for presentation. Consequently, each student presentation must be sponsored
by a faculty mentor, and the Program Committee will rely on faculty mentors
to work with their student(s) to ensure that abstracts are correct, complete
and the result of eligible work (see submission guidelines above). While the primary goal of the
conference is to encourage and reward student research, scholarship and creative
activity, faculty mentors should remember that their student's presentation also
reflects upon themselves and their academic discipline and division. At the very minimum, faculty mentors
should: 1) ensure that the student(s) have complied with the submission
guidelines, 2) proof-read the abstract prior to submission and give the
student(s) appropriate feedback and editing, 3) formally approve the abstract
submission, and 4) preview the presentation prior to the Conference and give
appropriate feedback to enhance the quality of the presentation.
Program & Schedule
The abstracts and final program will be available online at the Conference
web site prior to the event and print copies will be available on-site at the
registration desk on the day of the Conference. Questions about the program for
the Conference should be directed to Sherril Pearce in the Office of Student Research at 785-4597 or