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Steps to Participation


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Step 1: Brainstorm Topics to Explore

In ANY discipline, think about possible topics for a research or non-research project that interests you.  You can narrow it down with your mentor later.


Step 2: Find a Mentor

Find a mentor from:

  • Our list of Potential Mentors 

  • If you are able attend the optional “Getting Started” workshop Sept 13, 2019, 1:15-3:15pm at Legact Hall 101

  • The optional Mentor Mixer event Oct 3 2019, 1:15-3:15pm at Legact Hall 101

  • Ask a faculty or staff member

Step 3: Choose Your Project

  • Discuss ideas with your mentor
  • Start your project
  • If you need up to $100 for associoated costs fill out the Funding Request Form with your mentor.

Step 4: Intent to Submit Form

Take 2 minutes to fill out the Intent to Submit Form  by Oct 29, 2019


Step 5: Sign up for the Symposium Canvas website

  1. Login into Canvas
  2. Then go to https://coastdistrict.instructure.com/enroll/94MPGJ 
  3. Enroll in our Canvas course shell by pressing the blue button in the right corner titled "Enroll in Course"

Step 6: Continue Your Project

Continue work on your project with your mentor’s guidance.


Step 7: Abstract/Project Description First Draft (form on Canvas)

Attend one of the “Abstract Workshops” Nov 5, 2019 2:00-3:30pm Location ALHSC 102 and Nov 13, 2019 12:45-1:45 ALHSC 102 Turn in the Abstract/Project Description First Draft by Dec 3, 2019


Step 8: Abstract/Project Description Revisions (form on Canvas)

Continue your project or research and turn in your Absract/Project Description Revisions by Feb 21, 2020


Step 9: Prepare to Present

Get ready to present your work as either a


  • Poster presentation

  • Oral presentation 

  • Exhibition of work

Attend some preparation workshops that will be emailed to you if you are able to.  Here is the Symposium Scoring Rubric.


Step 10: Compete for Monetary Prizes at the Symposium Event! March 6

Prize categories are dependent on submissions.



Contact Information


Rachel Ridnor - rridnor@occ.cccd.edu

Hannah Kang - hkang@occ.cccd.edu



Organizing Team


Dean Abernathy • Melissa Archibald • Jessica Asbell • Shazia Aziz • Angelina Bargeron • Diane Brown • Lori Cassidy • Audrey Crouse • Katherine Donahue • Brittni Doty • Kelli Elliott • Robert Ellis • Jerome Fang • Melissa Ferguson • Tara Giblin • Ulrike Green• Amy Hellman • Hannah Kang • Jon Mochizuki • Duy Pham • Rachel Ridnor • Eliza Rubenstein • Brent Rudmann •  Guido Sendowsky • Michael Sutliff