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The Giles T. Brown Student Project & Research Symposium

"The innovation, creativity, dedication of each presentation was inspiring.  This is a tangible representation of how OCC is preparing students to perform research at the four-year level." -2019 Symposium Attendee

2020 Event Date  When: March 6, 2020    Times & Locations:     9:00am – Breakfast available by INFORMATION/CHECK-IN TABLE by Pla

The Giles T. Brown Student Project and Research Symposium provides a venue for students from any field at OCC to showcase work they've done in class or independently with faculty or staff sponsors.  There are several ways work can be shared, including poster, oral presentation, or exhibition of work. 


Poster presentation 2019

Poster Session

The poster session provides the opportunity to share work through a visual presentation and includes a question and answer period. The posters will be on display throughout the symposium and the author(s) is/are present.  It provides an opportunity to communicate with peers in an informal and intimate setting.

Student presenting their research

Oral Presentations 

The oral presentation, sometimes called a paper session, will be a 15-minute oral presentation with 5 minutes of questions.  

Some examples of a project or research presentation might include topics like: 

  • The effect of visual input on brainwaves
  • An app
  • An analysis of a dance performance
  • Literature reviews
  • The effects of caffeine on VO2max
  • The comparison of performance on a rubric as judged by an instructor compared with a final grade, or the effect of messaging on exercise seeking behavior.
  • And more.  

Exhibition of Work 2019 StudentExhibition of Work

The exhibition of work is a category suitable for creative works.

The display time includes a question and answer period. The work will be on display throughout the symposium and the author(s) is/are present.  It provides an opportunity to communicate with peers in an informal and intimate setting.

Some examples are:

  • Sculptures
  • Paintings
  • Machined products
  • Architectural design
  • Ice sculptures
  • A musical performance
  • And more.  
This venue will have works on display throughout the symposium.

Talk with your faculty or staff mentor if you are not sure whether your work is best suited to a poster or oral presentation.   Posters and presentations may have more than one author or presenter and should include projects that have been done in class.

Attendee Praise:

Also be sure to attend as the experience is one of a kind:


  • "In regards to myself, the diversity of research projects made the experience valuable because I get the opportunity to gain knowledge that I likely would never had earned had I not come.  For the school and its students, the opportunity to study something your passionate about and then share that with others is valuable." -2019 Symposium Attendee

  • "The students are great!  The variety of projects and the diversity of students made this event amazing." -2019 Symposium Attendee

  • "It is wonderful that we are cultivating curiosity and giving these students a chance to gain real world experiences." -2019 Symposium Attendee

Contact Information

Rachel Ridnor -

Hannah Kang -

Sponsored by Project RAISE


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