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What is it?

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


All you need to do is find a faculty mentor to research with and follow the important dates for the event.


As an attendee shared the symposium  "Helps you gain knowledge in something you might not have looked into on your own."


2021 Event Date



When: March 19, 2021


Times & Locations: 


Times TBA


Location: Virtual (more information coming)



Important Dates


Intent to Submit Due: Oct 30, 2020 (Submission)

This is a 2 minute survey that shows your interest in participating in the 2021 event.


Abstract/Project Description First Draft Due: Dec 3, 2020 (This form is on our Symposium Canvas site)


You can still submit here even if you did not submit an intent to submit.


How to Get there

  1. Login into Canvas
  2. Then go to https://coastdistrict.instructure.com/enroll/W9JJAY
  3. Enroll in our Canvas course shell by pressing the blue button in the right corner titled "Enroll in Course"
  4. Go to "Submission Forms"

Feedback is provided before publication.  Here are some Abstract Resources to make abstracts and some

Sample Abstracts.  Also check out the Absrtact Scoring Rubric


Abstract/Project Description Revisions Due: March 5, 2021 (This form is on our Symposium Canvas site)

The final version of the abstract will be printed and published online.  Check out some Sample Abstracts.  Also check out the Absrtact Scoring Rubric.


Workshops and Presentation Practice Date


Getting Started Workshop:

When & Where: September 18, 2020 at 1:00-3:00pm on Zoom https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/96664596883 


What is it?: This will be a workshop to help you find a mentor, choose a topic, how much time is involved, and setting up a timeline.


Mentor Mixer: 


When & Where: September 25, 2020 at 1:00-3:00pm on Zoom for both mentors and students.  


To attend please mentors and students:


Please, mentors and attendees register for the event Event Registration by September 24, 2020 by 5pm, and on this registration you will be prompted to select your discipline.    Then you will be emailed the breakout room Zoom meeting.  


What is it?: An opportunity for students and mentors to meet



Librarian One-on-One Library Sessions 

Get one-on-one help for your Symposium project by meeting with a librarian. Meetings are by appointment. To request your consultation, please fill out this request. will respond with 1-2 days.


Other resources include:

  1. Library Workshops: The library offers one hour workshops on how to do library research throughout the semester. You do not need to register - just come to the Zoom session at the scheduled time! You can view scheduled times here.
  2. Get help during Library open hours: Please see the library website for information on how you can get help from the librarians during open hours. We offer services through online chat, phone, email, and in-person (possibly).  
  3. And more sign up for our Symposium Canvas page and click on Library Research, Help & Resource

Abstract Workshops: 

When & Where: TBA


What is it?: This will be a workshop to help you write your abstract.


How to Make a Poster or PowerPoint Presentation Workshop: 

When & Where: TBA


What is it?: This is an opportunity to work on creating a poster or to create a PowerPoint for an oral presentation.


Oral Presentation Practice: 

When & Where: TBA


What is it?: This will allow oral presenters a chance to practice their presentations.  




Contact Information


Ulrike Green - ugreen@occ.cccd.edu

Rachel Ridnor - rridnor@occ.cccd.edu



Organizing Team


Dean Abernathy, Melissa Archibald, Lori Cassidy, Audrey Crouse, Katherine Donahoe, Kelli Elliott, Robert Ellis, Jerome Fang, Tara Giblin, Neil Godfrey, Ulrike Green, Amy Hellman, Jon Mochizuki, Duy Pham, Rachel Ridnor, Brent Rudmann, Michael Sutliff, and Mark Wishon