Each spring, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences hosts an Undergraduate Research Symposium to showcase the scholarly work of our undergraduate students. Oral and poster presentations are reviewed by faculty judges, and outstanding presentations are selected for monetary awards in addition to formal recognition at an awards reception following the event.
All undergraduates with a major in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are eligible to participate, however students should be working on supervised projects (course research or independent research, during the Fall 2018 and/or Spring 2019 terms). Research projects should be supervised by a Mason faculty member.
Students apply to present their work in the form of a poster or oral presentation. A limited number of oral presentations can be scheduled, and applicants not selected for an oral presentation will be automatically assigned a poster presentation slot. Students will be notified by the College of their presentation format, and session selection in early April (Poster presentations are reviewed to verify faculty supervision, and most poster abstract are approved for presentation).
Accepted poster presenters must supply a digital copy of the poster they will be presenting for the Dean's final review by April 26th, 2019. Send pdf versions of your completed posters to firstname.lastname@example.org for review.
*Abstracts should be at least 100 words and no more than 500 words. Please state the work's objective, a brief description of your method or analysis, with a brief summary of results or conclusions (your project does not need to be complete, expected results and conclusions are accepted for abstract submission).
Poster design workshops and free printing are available to all symposium participants.
We strongly recommend that first-time symposium presenters attend one or more Poster Presentation Workshops held on campus before creating or finalizing your poster.
We encourage signing up for a poster printing slot ASAP, as slots are limited. Details for these can be found below:
You can print your poster at no cost in the SP@RC lab, in Fenwick Library. Please sign up immediately for a printing slot, as there are limited times available, and all members of the University community are able to sign up for slots (https://library.gmu.edu/sparc). If you wait to sign up and there are no slots available for you, you will have to find an alternative way of printing your poster. Paid options include GMU’s print hub: (https://www.gmuprinthub.com/product/Poster-Product); the School of Art’s Print Studio (http://soaprint.gmu.edu); or a commercial vendor such as Kinkos or other vendor. These can be done through an online portal, but please bear in mind that online or commercial vendors may require additional delivery time for posters.
The SP@RK lab in the University Library Hosts Research Poster Design Workshops that will help you get started on turning your research into a poster presentation. Includes layout and design tips in PowerPoint.
Registration is required (https://library.gmu.edu/sparc), and we recommend you register early to ensure a spot. The libraries request that you please cancel your registration if you find that you are unable to attend.
Dates for Spring 2019 SP@RC lab poster workshops are:
Monday, March 18, 1:00pm - 1:30pm, 2100 Fenwick - SP@RC lab, Library
Tuesday, March 26, 1:00pm - 1:30pm, 2100 Fenwick - SP@RC lab, Library
Thursday, April 4, 11:00am - 11:30am, 2100 Fenwick - SP@RC lab, Library
Tuesday, April 9, 1:00pm - 1:30pm, 2100 Fenwick - SP@RC lab, Library
Monday, April 15, 1:00pm - 1:30pm, 2100 Fenwick - SP@RC lab, Library
Tuesday, April 23, 11:00am - 11:30am, 2100 Fenwick - SP@RC lab, Library
The OSCAR office also offers workshops that provide general and specific tips and instruction to create a professional-looking poster for presentation. Templates are available for students and will be demonstrated with a question-and-answer session to follow.
Dates and Locations of Spring 2019 OSCAR poster workshops are:
Thursday, March 7th at 2pm-3pm in Johnson Center room A (3rd floor)
Tuesday, April 2nd at 2pm-3pm in Johnson Center room A (3rd floor)
Poster Presentations (JC Dewberry Hall)
Oral Presentations (Gold Room)
Reception and Awards Ceremony
Questions about the symposium or application process can be directed to Dr. Vita Chalk, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs.