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Graduate Research Symposium

29th Annual Graduate Research Symposium

2022 Research and Scholarship Conference (RASC)
A Joint Conference Between the Undergraduate Expo and
the Graduate Research Symposium
March 23-24, 2022

ACCESS THE NEW 2021 VIRTUAL GRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM WEBSITE

Research

 

The 2021 Research and Scholarship Conference will be hosted as an entirely virtual, web-based event. The materials and digital content you register for presentation will be active, linked content on the web. RASC offers students the opportunity to showcase their creative and scholarly works to their peers and the greater campus community.

How to Include your Research and Scholarly Projects in the Graduate Research Symposium

  1. Develop your project and choose a faculty sponsor(s).
  2. Choose your presentation format - Poster Presentation, Oral Presentation or Academic Paper Competition. You are welcome to participate in multiple formats, but a separate application is required for each format.
  3. Register by midnight, February 11, 2021.
  4. Complete your project.
  5. Submit your completed project by midnight, March 5, 2021.  Submission links will be provided to registrants via email after registration closes.

Presentation Formats

 

  • 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

Resources

  • The recommended poster dimensions are 3 feet (36 inches) tall by 4 feet (48 inches) wide.

Below are two templates that you can use for designing your poster.
Poster Template 1
Poster Template 2

Poster Awards

  • 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 some suggestions: 
  • Zoom (most preferred for ease of access and closed captioning and transcript recording settings offered)
  • iMovie
  • WeVideo
  • VoiceThread
  • 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 award determinations.

 

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 below;

b.) a description of the project and it's importance related to one of the themes below, and

c.) a brief discussion of expected results or findings as it relates to one of the themes below.

 

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

  • Poverty
  • Hunger
  • 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


If you have any questions about the 2021 Graduate Research Symposium, please contact the Graduate School (grad@wcu.edu).

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