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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

Find a mentor from:

  • Our list of Potential Mentors 

  • If you are able attend the optional “Getting Started” workshop September 18, 2020 at 1:00-3:00pm on Zoom

    The optional Mentor Mixer event September 25, 2020 at 1:00-3:00pm on Zoom for both mentors and students.  

    o attend please mentors and students:

    Register for the event
     Event Registration by September 24, 2020 by 5pm, On this registration you will be prompted to select your discipline.    Then you will be emailed the breakout room Zoom meeting.  

  • Ask a faculty or staff member

Step 3: Choose Your Project

  • Discuss ideas with your mentor
  • Start your project
  • If you need up to $100 for associoated costs fill out the Funding Request Form with your mentor.

Step 4: Intent to Submit Form

Take 2 minutes to fill out the Intent to Submit Form by Oct 30, 2020

Step 5: Sign up for the Symposium Canvas website

  1. Login into Canvas
  2. Then go to
  3. Enroll in our Canvas course shell by pressing the blue button in the right corner titled "Enroll in Course"

Step 6: Continue Your Project

Continue work on your project with your mentor’s guidance.

Step 7: Abstract/Project Description First Draft (form on Canvas)

Attend one of the “Abstract Workshops” TBA and Turn in the Abstract/Project Description First Draft by Dec 3, 2020

Step 8: Abstract/Project Description Revisions (form on Canvas)

Continue your project or research and turn in your Absract/Project Description Revisions by March 5, 2021

Step 9: 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.  Here is the Symposium Scoring Rubric.

Step 10: Compete for Monetary Prizes at the Symposium Event! March 19

Prize categories are dependent on submissions.

Contact Information

Ulrike Green -

Rachel Ridnor -

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