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2014 Undergraduate and Graduate Research and Performance Expo

Wednesday, April 23, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., University Union, 3rd Floor


The annual Undergraduate and Graduate Research and Performance Expo, open to all students in all disciplines, offers students the opportunity to showcase the results and progress of their academic, research and scholarly work. Projects can cover a wide variety of topics and presentation styles. Past Expos have included oral presentations, poster presentations, performances, art exhibitions, technology demonstrations and film screenings. Student researchers should complete and submit the application for the 2014 Expo and the Applicant Information Form.


Research done as a class requirement or independent study is admissible. Each presenter must have the support of a faculty member. The Expo offers students and their mentors campus-wide recognition for their work and provides students with experience in preparing a scholarly presentation.

Submission FAQs

What can I submit?
Presentations from all departments of the university are accepted and encouraged. We strive to include as diverse an array of presentations as we can gather, so research is broadly defined as any academic activity resulting in a product. This includes research done in pursuit of a class paper, project, or activity, a thesis, or an independent study. If you are unsure if your project is suitable, ask!

The abstract is your opportunity to state your goals and summarize your research, activities and results. All accepted abstracts will be published on the Towson University Web site and in hard copy. For guidance and ideas, view examples of abstracts of past student projects.


Where do I submit my abstract?
Abstracts may be submitted electronically to UndergradResearch@towson.edu.

How do I submit my abstract?
Your abstract must include the completed and signed cover page. You must have a faculty sponsor in order to present.

For example, if you are presenting work done for a class, asking the professor who taught that class to support your presentation would be ideal.

Applications submitted without the cover page and/or the signature of a faculty sponsor will not be considered.

Please be sure to include the following information on your cover sheet:

  • Your preference for an oral, poster, demonstration, exhibition, or performance presentation.
  • Audiovisual requirements. Please note if the requirements are not noted with your submission, the resources you need may not be available on the day of the Expo.
  • Your e-mail address and full contact information so that we can notify you regarding your status and scheduled presentation time.


What do I include in my abstract submission package?
The completed "Application Cover Sheet" must be signed by your faculty adviser and submitted electronically.


You must email your abstract to Dr. Vonnie Shields at UndergradResearch@towson.edu. As abstracts of all presentations made at the Expo will be published, electronic submission of abstracts is required.


What is included in an abstract?
The abstract (summary) is a brief description of your project, limited to one double-spaced page in 12 point, Times New Roman font, composed of the following items:


1. Heading: The title should be typed in boldface print, followed by a single space and then your full first and last name and Towson University department followed by a single space and your faculty sponsor’s name, followed by the double spaced abstract text.

Example:

Exploration of Time Travel Possibilities Using the Flux Capacitor
Marty McFly, Department of Experimental Slackers
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Emmett Brown


2. Problem Studied, Research Question, or Description of Scholarly Activity (approx. one sentence)


3. Subjects (briefly state who or, if nonhuman, what species you are studying; and specify relevant characteristics (e.g., gender, age, etc.).


4. Materials/Apparatus (briefly identify/describe standardized tests, reading materials, etc., equipment used, or primary sources used.)


5. Research Design (briefly describe the type of study that you conducted (e.g., an experiment, correlation study, etc.).


6. Procedures (briefly describe, step by step, what you did).


7. Major Results (briefly describe your findings).


8. Major Conclusions and Implications (briefly describe what these results mean, perhaps including practical or theoretical implications of your findings).

It is not necessary to include all the category headings in your abstract, but you may if you find it useful for organizing your information. These categories are based on a scientific model, but may be adapted for other projects as necessary. We encourage you to look at previous abstracts from your department or college for guidance.

Please note, in preparing your submission you should be clear and explanatory as the reviewers have only your abstract to determine the nature of your proposed presentation for the Expo. Be sure to keep a copy of the abstract and signed cover page for yourself should there be any difficulty in the transmittal of your abstract.

If you are planning to exhibit artwork, it would be helpful to include a digital picture with your abstract. Film presenters should both describe the film in the abstract and submit a copy of the film for evaluation. Theatrical performers should include a script, etc.

Questions regarding the submission of abstracts may be directed to your department chairperson, graduate program coordinator, or to the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Information for Poster Presenters


• Please note, standard space allotment for poster presentations will accommodate posters 48 inches (4 feet) wide by 48 inches (4 feet) high. If you wish to request more space, contact UndergradResearch@towson.edu or indicate your space requirements, if known, on your application. Additional equipment/space needs will not count against your application during the review process.
Student Computing Services is available to assist student researchers in printing research posters free of charge. Other resources include: SCS Poster Production Guide and SCS Poster Templates.

Information for Applicants


What can I submit? (What is an “Abstract?”)


Presentations from all departments of the university are accepted and encouraged. We strive to include as diverse an array of presentations as we can gather, so research is broadly defined as any academic activity resulting in a product. This includes research done in pursuit of a class paper, project, or activity, a thesis, or an independent study. If you are unsure if your project is suitable, ask!

The abstract is your opportunity to state your goals and summarize your research, activities, and results. All accepted abstracts will be published on the University website and in hard copy. The Abstract is a brief description or summary of your project, and is limited to one double-spaced page in 12 point, Times New Roman font.

Please note, in preparing your submission you should be clear and explanatory as the reviewers have only your abstract to determine the nature of your proposed presentation for the Expo. Be sure to keep a copy of the abstract and signed cover page for yourself should there be any difficulty in the transmittal of your abstract.

If you are planning to exhibit artwork, it would be helpful to include a digital picture with your abstract. Film presenters should both describe the film in the abstract and submit a copy of the film for evaluation. Theatrical performers should include a script, etc.

Please note: You must have a faculty advisor for your project. For example, if you are presenting work done for a class, asking the professor who taught that class to support your presentation would be ideal.

Emailed applications will not be complete until a signed version is received, or the faculty member emails UndergradResearch@towson.edu to express support of the presentation.


Other Questions?


Questions regarding the submission of applications may be directed to your department chairperson, graduate program coordinator, or Dr. Vonnie Shields in the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Office of Undergraduate Research
Provost's Office- Administration Building, Suite 311A
Hours: Monday and Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-3753
Fax: 410-704-4916
E-mail: undergradresearch@towson.edu

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The Undergraduate and Graduate Research and Performance Expo


Attend the Undergraduate and Graduate Research and Performance Expo on April 23 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the University Union, 3rd floor. The Expo provides students an opportunity to share their work with the university community.


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