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Student Participation


Who can participate?

  • Open to all OCC students 

  • All disciplines welcome!

How do you participate?

  • In-class or independent project with a faculty mentor

  • Find a mentor from the Potential Mentors list or ask other faculty or staff

  • If you need funding for supplies for your resources currently we are accepting applications for funding.  Up to $100 with some possible exceptions of more,  Fill out this form with your mentor Funding Request Form.

What type of work can you produce?

  • Oral presentation

  • Poster (funding for posters provided)

  • Creative works

When are the key dates?

  • Intent to Submit, Extended to February 23, 2018: This indicates interest in participation and does not obligate you to do so Submission

  • First Draft of Abstracts Due, February 23, 2018: Feedback is provided before publication. Submission (Here are some Abstract Resources to make abstracts and some Model Abstracts).

  • Abstract Revisions Due, March 23, 2018: The final version of the abstract will be printed and published online.  Check out some Model Abstracts

When are the workshops?

  • Abstract Workshops: February 7, 2018 (4:00-5:30pm) Location Bio Sci 100 & February 9, 2018 (1:00-2:30pm) Location Bio Sci 100

  • How to Make a Poster or PowerPoint Presentation Workshop: March 9, 2018 (11:00am-1:00pm) Location MBCC 136 (Computer Room)

  • Oral Presentation Practice: April 4, 2018 (4:00-5:30pm) Location MbCC 301 & 302

Why Participate?
  • Learn more about a passion topic

  • Networking

  • Resume and college application builder

  • Prizes

Prizes For Top Work

Overall Best Work

Prize $1000, plus $500 for subcategory win

Subcategory Awards

  • Oral Presentations (Original Research) 

  • Oral Presentations (Literature Review)

  • Poster Presentations

  • Projects, Technology, and Creative Works

2017 Winner Best Presentation winner

Ryan Banh  

Affordable Housing & Housing Affordability in Orange County, Faculty sponsor: Chris Quinn, Geography

Ryan Bahn grand prize winner of the symposum with Dean Dr. Michael Sutliff 

Contact Information

Rachel Ridnor -

Hannah Kang -

Organizing Team

Hannah Kang • Rachel Ridnor • Greg Russell • Jerome Fang   Amy Hellman Kelli Elliot • Ulirike Green  Duy Pham • Arjun Nair • Robert Ellis • Isabel Archuleta • Karen Baker • Michael Sutliff • Tara Giblin