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Steps to Participation

​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 Steps to Participate Flyer

Find a mentor from:

  • Our list of Potential Mentors 

  • The optional Mentor Mixer event (Sept. 7th, 1:15-3:15pm, Legacy Hall Room 101)

  • Ask a faculty or staff member

Step 3: Choose Your Project

  • Discuss ideas with your mentor
  • If you are able attend the optional “What to Do” workshop (Sept. 14th, 1:15-3:15pm, Legacy Hall Room 101)

Step 4: Intent to Submit Form

Take 2 minutes to fill out the Intent to Submit Form

Step 5: Start Your Project

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

Step 6: First Draft of your Abstract by December 3, 2018

Attend one of the “Abstract Workshops” (Nov. 14th, 2018 2:00-3:30pm at the Global Engagement Center or Nov 16 10:00-11:30am at the Garrison Honors Center if you are able. Turn in the First Draft of your Abstract by December 3, 2018.

Step 7: Abstract Revisions by March 3. 2019

Continue your project or research and turn in your Abstract Revisions by March 3rd, 2019.

Step 8: 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 9: Compete for up to $1,000 at the Symposium Event March 15, 2019!

Compete for up to $1,000 in prize money at the event on March 15th, 2019.

Contact Information

Rachel Ridnor -

Duy Pham  -

Organizing Team

Duy Pham • Rachel Ridnor • Hannah Kang • Jerome Fang  Amy Hellman  Kelli Elliott • Ulrike Green  Robert Ellis • Jon Mochizuki • Brent Rudmann • Dean Abernathy • Shazia Aziz • Brittni Doty • Guido Sendowsky • Michael Sutliff • Tara Giblin