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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 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 “What to Do” workshop (Sept. 14th, 1:15-3:15pm, Legacy Hall Room 101)

Step 4: Intent to Submit Form by Oct 30, 2018

Take 2 minutes to fill out the Intent to Submit Form. Deadline: Oct 30, 2018.


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 the “Abstract Workshop” (Nov. 14th, 2018location & time TBA) 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.


Step 9: Compete for up to $1,500 at the Symposium Event March 15, 2019!

Compete for up to $1,500 in prize money at the event on March 15th, 2019.


Contact Information


Rachel Ridnor - rridnor@occ.cccd.edu

Duy Pham  - dpham@occ.cccd.edu


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