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Frequently Asked Questions

What counts as a research project? Am I ready to present?

Students presenting at the Symposium are at various stages in the research process.  To get a sense of whether you are ready, watch this quick video about the Research Cycle. Student presenters at the Symposium can usually talk about Steps 1 and 2 in some depth (their topic and what other scholars have said about it), and can at least describe the plan for Steps 3 & 4 (primary research and analysis). You don't necessarily have to have completed your research or have final results to present, though students who are further along in the process may be more competitive for the Outstanding Presentation Awards.

The point of the Symposium is to share ideas and get feedback, so if you have enough of a sense of your project to have a conversation about it, go ahead and sign up!

Can students present research projects that they did for a class?

Yes! We have a variety of students who present at the Research Symposium every year, including class-based research projects and individual students who have been doing research outside of the classroom.

Can students request to be in the same session for oral presentations?

If you have multiple students giving oral presentations who want to be in the same session, have each student individually fill out the online registration form and then send an email to with the names of the four students who would like to be together. Students who are giving one presentation as a group should fill out one form together. We will do our best to put you in the same session. This is not required, though

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Deadline: 11:59 pm, March 18, 2020

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