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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. 


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


As a 2019 attendee shared the symposium  "Helps you gain knowledge in something you might not have looked into on your own."


2020 Event Date


When: March 6, 2020


Times & Locations: TBA


Important Dates



Intent to Submit Due: Oct 29, 2019 (Submission)

This is a 2 minute survey that shows your interest in participating in the 2020 event.


Abstract/Project Description First Draft Due: Dec 3, 2019 (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/94MPGJ 
  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: Feb 21, 2020 (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


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 library 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.  
  3. And more sign up for our Symposium Canvas page and click on Library Research, Help & Resource

Abstract Workshops: 

When & Where: Nov 5, 2019 (2:00-3:30pm at ALHSC 102) and Nov 13, 2019 (12:45-1:45pm at ALHSC 102)


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: Feb 19, 2020 (4:00-5:30pm Location 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: Feb 26, 2020 (4:00-5:30pm Location TBA) 


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


Past Workshops


Getting Started Workshop:


Mentor mixer hand card 2020.jpg


When & Where: September 13, 2019 (1:15-3:15pm Legacy Hall 101)


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: Oct 3, 2019 (1:15-3:15pm Legacy Hall 101)


What is it?: An opportunity for students and mentors to meet and enjoy some pizza.



Contact Information


Rachel Ridnor - rridnor@occ.cccd.edu

Hannah Kang - hkang@occ.cccd.edu


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