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Be a Student Participant

"Informative and wonderful opportunity to share with my peers what I am passionate about.  I am happy OCC has created a platform for students to learn from each other and glimpse the expectation as we transfer to university level courses." -Presenter symposium


Who can participate?

  • Open to all OCC students 

  • All disciplines welcome!

How do you participate?

  • In-class or independent project with a faculty or staff 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 is available.  Fill out this form with your mentor Funding Request Form.

When are the key dates?

  • Intent to Submit Due, Oct 30, 2020: This form takes 2 minutes to fill out and lets us know your interest in participating (Submission)

  • Abstract/Project Description First Draft Due, Dec 3, 2020: The final version of the abstract will be printed and published online. Check out some Sample Abstracts, these Abstract Resources, and the Absrtact Scoring Rubric

This form is on our Symposium Canvas site so if you are not already enrolled in it  You can still submit even if you did not do the intent to submit.
    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"
This form is on our Symposium Canvas site.

What type of work can you produce?

  • Oral presentation
    Oral presentation presenter

  • Poster (funding for posters provided)
    Poster presenter

  • Exibition of Work or Performance
    Exibition of Work at 2019 eventMusical Performance

Why Participate?
  • Learn more about a passion topic

  • Networking

  • Resume and college application builder

  • Prizes

  • Use this to springboard your work to other conferences

Prizes For Top Work

First Author Award

This is the winner of the entire event

Past Subcategory Awards (Varies based on submissions)

  • Oral Presentations (Original Research) 

  • Oral Presentations (Project/Literature Review)

  • Poster Presentations

  • Exhibition of Work

2020 Winner, First Author (In the news)

Bodhi Edwards Computational Fluid Dynamic Comparative Analysis of Common Surfboard Tail Designs

Bodhi Edwards

Computational Fluid Dynamic Comparative Analysis of Common Surfboard Tail Designs

Mentor: Angelo Esposito, Engineering & Steve Fuchs, Architectural Technology

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