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Event Information & Dates

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


March 19, 2021 beginning at 9am 

Please join us as we are go Virtual! Visit our new OCC Symposium website  to view student pre-recorded presentations (starting March 17th) and check out the Zoom schedules for student presenter's LIVE Q&A sessions on March 19th. 

Important Dates

All Presentation Recordings Due: March 15, 2021 (This form is on our Symposium Canvas site)

Watch this helpful video: Zoom Recording of Feb. 19, 2021 Workshop on How to Record and Upload Your Symposium Presentation

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 Abstract Scoring Rubric.

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
  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 Abstract Scoring Rubric

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

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


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.  

Completed Workshops

Library Workshop

When & Where: November 6, 2020 1-3pm (Zoom link posted soon)

What is it?: This workshop will go over a lot of library resources to help with your work.

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

What is an Abstract Workshop: 

When & Where: November 13, 2020 1-2pm ( )

What is it?: This workshop will give you the basics of what an abstract is

Writing an Abstract Workshop: 

When & Where: November 20, 2020 1-3pm (

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

Getting Started Workshop:

When & Where: September 18, 2020 at 1:00-3:00pm on Zoom 

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 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

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