Undergraduate Academic Affairs
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Undergraduate Research Symposium 2018


You are invited to join us as we celebrate the 10th Annual, College of Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium


The 2018 symposium will be held on Monday, April 30th 

from 12 PM to 4:15 PM


Session Details:

Poster Presentations (JC Dewberry Hall)

12:00 PM- 1:30 PM Poster Session A

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Poster Session B

Oral Presentations (Gold Room)

12:30 PM- 3:30 PM

Reception and Awards Ceremony

Dewberry Hall, 3:30 PM- 4:15 PM


All undergraduates with a major in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are eligible to participate, however students should be working on faculty supervised projects (course research or independent research, during the Fall 2017 and/or Spring 2018 terms).

Students may apply to present their work in the form of a poster or oral presentation (you will check the appropriate box when you submit your abstract).

Faculty judges select award winners, and winners receive monetary awards in addition to formal recognition at a reception following the event.


Abstract Guidance and Suggestions

Most Abstracts include the following elements:

  1. Statement of Research Topic: The problem to be studied or the topic of interest is stated in the opening paragraph. You might include one or two sentences of background of the problem or topic, such as what led you to your interest in the problem/topic.
  2. Considered Research Questions or an Empirical Hypothesis: Specify the proposed questions to be answered or hypotheses to be tested empirically via the collection of data or a field appropriate mode of analysis
  3. Research Methods used: Briefly describe models to be constructed (if any), sampling procedures, data collection procedures (include measurement instruments or survey designs, etc), and proposed methods of analysis. We don’t need a full methods section in your abstract, but you might want to briefly state which methods have been or will be used to answer your question.
  4. Expected Significance: State what new knowledge or information you might gain from your research and why it is important. Make sure to highlight any practical applications you might expect as a result of your work. 

If more than one student is working on a project, the primary presenter (oral or poster) will be the 1st Author on the project. Any other students can be entered as additional presenters.

During the submission process, you can indicate whether you have a class during one of the poster sessions. We will try to accommodate the scheduled courses of students when assigning a poster session.


When you are ready to submit your abstract, submit your abstract HERE


The abstract submission deadline is Friday, March 30th, at 12pm. Email Dean Vock directly at chssdean@gmu.edu if you have any questions or concerns about submitting your abstract 


Students will be notified of their acceptance for a poster or oral presentation by Thursday, April 5th.  If a student is not selected for an Oral presentation of their project, they will  be offered a poster slot.

Accepted poster presenters must supply a digital copy of the poster they will be presenting for final review by April 23rd, 2018


The OSCAR office and the SP@RC lab at Fenwick both sponsor workshops that can help you prepare for your presentation. 


Poster Formatting Workshops:

Research Poster Design  2100 Fenwick Library, SP@RC 

Monday, March 19th at 1:00pm

Monday, April 16th at 1:00pm

Monday, April 2nd at 1:00pm

OSCAR Office Poster Writing Workshops: Contact Karen Lee for more information (klee57@gmu.edu)

Tuesday, April 3rd at noon - JC 239A

Tuesday, April 10th at 10am - JC 239A

For online poster printing advice and design templates, visit:   https://oscar.gmu.edu/students/with-a-poster/


To print your poster at no charge in the SP@RC Lab in Fenwick Library, schedule an appointment here: https://library.gmu.edu/sparc


Oral Presentation Skills Workshops:

Presentation Skills: Designing + Delivering Effective Briefings + Presentations   Fenwick Library, 3001- Seminar Room, Thursday, April 12th at 1:00pm

Presentation & Public Speaking Skills  Fenwick Libarary, 3001 - Seminar Room, Wednesday, April 18th at 1:00pm


All symposium prize winners will be invited to present their research at the 7th Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship, coordinated by the OSCAR office, and taking place on 05/08/2018

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