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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: Sign up for the Symposium Canvas website

Step 3: Find a Mentor

Find a mentor from:

Step 4: 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 5: Intent to Submit Form

Due November 8, 2021


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” TBA and Turn in the Abstract/Project Description First Draft by December 6, 2021


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

Continue your project or research and turn in your Absract/Project Description Revisions by TBD


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! TBD

Prize categories are dependent on submissions.



Contact Information


Ulrike Green - ugreen@occ.cccd.edu

Amy Hellman - ahellman@occ.cccd.edu



Organizing Team


Dean Abernathy, Melissa Archibald, Katherine Donahoe, Kelli Elliott, Robert Ellis, Jerome Fang, Erin Gratz, Ulrike Green, Amy Hellman, Jon Mochizuki, Duy Pham, Brent Rudmann, Michael Sutliff, and Laura Wagner