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    Research Symposium

  • Are you a student interested in submitting your research?

    Capital's Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship is a great way to let your friends and family members (and potential employers and graduate programs) know about the work that you have done.

    The deadline for submissions to the 2018 Symposium is 5 pm on March 9, 2018

    Before attempting to submit your research, please read and follow the directions on this page. After the deadline has passed, the registration will be disabled until it opens again the following year. 

    If you have questions, you may contact the Symposium Planning Committee at

    Thank you for participating!


    Before you submit your abstract to the symposium online, be sure that you have all of the information that you will need.  

    1. Title of your project
    2. First author's name
    3. First author's email address
    4. First author's phone number
    5. First author's ID number
    6. Names of additional authors (if any)
    7. Email addresses of any additional authors
    8. T-shirt sizes of all authors
    9. Name of the faculty who supervised your work
    10. Department of the faculty who supervised your work
    11. Email address of the faculty who supervised your work
    12. Abstract (100-200 words, written in PRESENT or PAST TENSE), which includes:
      1. Introductory Statement (background info connecting your work to literature on your topic)
      2. Purpose (what you were attempting to do)
      3. Methodological Approach (how you conducted your project)
      4. Findings (what you learned)
      5. Contribution to Your Discipline (why your work is important)
    13. The type of presentation that you will do (oral or poster)


    All poster presentations will take place in the Field House of the Capital Center between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. You are expected to stand next to your poster during this time to discuss your project with attendees. See attached document for complete presentation listing.
    We have included some suggestions to prepare for your poster presentation.
    • Discuss your poster with your faculty mentor. 
    • Please inform any coauthors who also will be presenting this work. 
    • Print your poster by April 13th. You may either make your own poster or print your poster on the large printer in the Information Technology Center on the lower level of Blackmore Library (see details below). 
    • If you are going to give handouts, have them printed and ready (20 double-sided is sufficient).  
    On April 18th between 8:30 and 9:45 a.m., bring your poster to the Field House of the Capital Center. 

    If your research project was conducted as part of a Research Methods course and was not submitted to and approved by the IRB, you must include the following statement on your poster: 
    “This work was conducted as part of a Research Methods class and it is not designed to contribute to generalizable knowledge.”

    Poster details: 
    • Maximum dimensions for your poster should be 48 inches wide by 36 inches tall (you will need to use landscape format). Poster board, easel and clips will be provided. 
    • To enhance readability of your poster, use at least a 48-point font for your title and author credits and at least a 24-point font for the text.
    • IT will send an email to poster presenters with information about printing your poster. IT will set up and enroll you in an on-line iLearn course with examples and detailed procedures for how to print your poster. Please be sure to follow the poster printing guidelines carefully to avoid problems and delays in printing.

    Questions? Contact the Symposium Planning Committee at

  • ICYMI: The 22nd Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research

    UR Symposium Inset
    The 22nd Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship Schedule of Events

    • Keynote address by Mr. Michael Wilkos at 7 pm on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 in Huntington Recital Hall. 
    • A picnic lunch and student poster sessions will begin at 11:30 am in the Capital Center Field House, on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. 
    • Student oral presentations begin at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 in classrooms around campus.

    Keynote Address – Michael Wilkos
    7 p.m. | Huntington Recital Hall

    Showcase of Student Learning

    8-9 p.m. | Convergent Media Center Lobby

    Capital University celebrates its annual Honors Day with a symposium for undergraduate students that highlights their original research projects and showcases their scholarship activities. 

    The 22nd Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. The symposium features presentations from students in all majors. Students nominated for the James L. and E. Marlene Bruning Undergraduate Research Award will be evaluated by the selection committee prior to the Symposium. Capital University is an institutional member of the Council on Undergraduate Research.  

    We will begin this daylong celebration of student scholarship beginning at 10 a.m. with Convocation, a ceremony recognizing select students for scholarship and leadership, and recognizing faculty and members for excellence in teaching, scholarship,
    and service to the University.

    Later that day, the Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship and Graduate Research Forum will showcase the intellectual achievements of Capital students as they discuss their work in a formal setting through oral and poster presentations. Poster presentations will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in The Capital Center. Oral presentations will be in Battelle Hall, Blackmore Library, and Ruff Learning Center from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

    » See the Schedule of Oral Presentations

    The symposium is open to all undergraduate students and the forum is open to all graduate students, where student scholarship is broadly defined as: The symposium is open to all undergraduate students and the forum is open to all graduate students, where student scholarship is broadly defined as:

    • Original empirical research, artwork or creative writing
    • Integrative literature reviews
    • Performance pieces with commentary
    • Case study research projects
    • Scholarly critiques
    • Internships