- Students will submit their posters along with a 2-3 minute narration summarizing
their project in Mp4 format no later than midnight EST, March 5, 2021. A submission
link will be provided to registrants via email after the registration deadline passes. Late
submissions will not be included in the Conference.
Poster Submission Instructions
- The recommended poster dimensions are 3 feet (36 inches) tall by 4 feet (48 inches)
Below are two templates that you can use for designing your poster.
Poster Template 1
Poster Template 2
- Graduate posters will be judged by a faculty panel. First and second place award winners
will be presented with cash prizes during the Graduate Research Symposium Virtual Awards Ceremony scheduled for Friday, March 26 at 11:30am EST.
- Pre-recorded oral presentations should be 5-6 minutes in length and submitted in MP4
format no later than midnight EST, March 5, 2021. A submission link will be provided
to registrants via email after the registration deadline passes. Late submissions
will not be included in the Conference.
Pre-recorded Oral Presentation Submission Instructions
- Oral presentation videos will be posted to the Conference website and assigned to
a group with a faculty moderator leading a live group discussion via Zoom. NOTE: participants
will NOT be presenting live.
- Students are free to use whatever video recording platform they prefer, but here are
- Zoom (most preferred for ease of access and closed captioning and transcript recording
- Panapto (may have to coordinate with faculty mentor to access/use Panapto)
- Files must be saved and available for download as a MP4, to be incorporated into the Conference website
Top graduate oral presenters will compete to participate in Graduate Education Day
in Raleigh where they will meet with state legislators to share their research findings
and encourage support of graduate education.
- Students will submit their academic papers PDF format no later than midnight EST,
March 5, 2021. A submission link will be provided to registrants via email after the
registration deadline passes. Late submissions will not be included in the Conference.
Academic Paper Competition Submission Instructions
- Academic Paper Categories:
- Research Paper (any discipline)
- Literature Reviews (any discipline)
- Plans and Proposals (e.g. business plans, grant proposals, research proposals, etc.)
- Academic papers will be judged by a faculty committee representing varied disciplines.
One award winner will be chosen from each category and presented with a cash award
during the Graduate Research Symposium Virtual Awards Ceremony scheduled for Friday,
March 26 at 11:30am EST.
Consider submitting your project abstract to the 2021 Research and Scholarship Conference's
Featured Presentation Competition
This year, the 2021 Featured Presentation Competition is accepting abstracts or artist
statements for consideration in three thematic areas based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Abstracts submitted for award consideration will be juried by a panel of experts.
Winners will be announced by March 24, 2021 and will be highlighted and featured on
the 2021 RASC website. Each theme will have one graduate student and one undergraduate
student project winner. Each winner will receive a $150 award (subject to WCU financial
aid considerations and taxes).
Students who opt in to this competition can only submit ONE extended abstract or artist
statement for the competition. The abstract will be used to determine a set of finalists
and once final projects have been submitted, the panel of experts will make final
Students should submit an extended project abstract or artist statement for consideration
in ONE of the following three themes listed below. To be strongly considered for award
the student abstract or statement should include the following:
a.) a clear project objective or goal that can be connected to one of the themes listed
b.) a description of the project and it's importance related to one of the themes
c.) a brief discussion of expected results or findings as it relates to one of the
Featured Presentation Competition Themes and relevant topics:
Theme 1: Cultural Awareness, Diversity Equity & Inclusion, and Peace & Justice
- Reducing Inequalities (gender, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity)
- Cultural Acceptance & Awareness
- Cultural Revitalization
- Quality Education & Educational Reform
- Reducing Violence & Criminal Justice Reform
- Social Justice & Ethical Existence
- Racial & Ethnic Inclusion
- Institutional Reform (e.g. accountable and inclusive institutions from local to global)
Theme 2: Sustainable Progress and Future Innovation
- Clean water and air quality
- Affordable & Clean Energy
- Sustainable Economic Growth
- Corporate Responsibility
- Industry, Innovation, & Infrastructure
- Sustainable Cities & Communities
- Responsible Consumption Conservation
Theme 3: Health & Well-being, Partnerships, and Regional Impact or Engagement
- Decent Work & Economic Growth
- Conservation of Land & Water Resources
- Local and Global Partnerships
- Western North Carolina & WCU Community Impact (e.g. projects that directly impact
our comunity and region)
- Promotion of healthy lives and living for people of all ages and heath conditions
- Access to clean and safe sanitation