Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Deadline EXTENDED!

The URCA Symposium Committee is pleased to announce that the deadline for submission of abstracts for the URCA Symposium has been extended. Abstracts are now due on Monday, January 26th at 11:00 a.m. Please contact Diane Bonfiglio (dbonfigl@ashland.edu) if you have any questions about abstract submission. Please see the full Call for Abstracts below.


The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium Committee is pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for the Sixth Annual College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium. This event will highlight the research, scholarly, and creative activities of students throughout the College of Arts and Sciences, and will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.  (Please note: All CAS classes beginning before 4:30 p.m. on April 8, 2015 will be cancelled that day for the Symposium.) 

All students who are declared majors in a program within the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to participate in this year’s Symposium.  Current students, as well as December 2014 graduates, are welcome to present their work.  Presenters may choose to give an oral presentation, poster presentation, exhibition, or performance.  All presentations should have a significant research or creative component; examples of such include, but are not limited to, summer research conducted at Ashland University or elsewhere, results of independent study projects, thesis work, literary readings or analysis, musical or theatrical performances, and exhibitions of artwork.

All abstracts submitted require approval of a faculty sponsor who is familiar with the student’s work and can attest to the quality of the work.  At the time of submission, students will indicate who their faculty sponsor is.  The URCA Symposium committee will then contact the sponsor via e-mail to confirm that the sponsor has viewed and approved the abstract.  In approving a submission, a faculty sponsor is indicating that the abstract meets the faculty sponsor’s standard for professional work, and that the abstract is print-ready.  Submissions that have not been approved by a faculty sponsor will not be accepted for presentation.  

Students who wish to present at the Symposium should prepare an abstract in Microsoft Word and email that Word document to the URCA Symposium Committee at au.urca@gmail.com.  Students must copy their faculty sponsors on the email that contains the submission. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 16, 2015.  NOTE: THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 11:00 A.M. ON MONDAY, JANUARY 26TH. This deadline is firm.

A complete submission must include ALL of the following:

A. Name of Student Presenter(s)
B. Campus AND Home Addresses of Student Presenter(s)
C. Class Year (e.g. junior, senior) and Major(s) of Student Presenter(s)
D. Name of Faculty Sponsor
E. College of Arts and Sciences program in which the work is focused (e.g. Biology, Psychology, Music)
F. Title of the Presentation
G. Preferred Format of Presentation (Poster Presentation, 12 Minute Performance, 12 Minute Oral Presentation, or Art Exhibition)
H. Special Equipment Required (PCs and projectors are provided; if no other equipment is needed, please indicate “No special equipment needed”)
I. Body of the Abstract (250 words or fewer)
J. Anticipated Scheduling Conflicts for Symposium on 4/08/15 (e.g. COBE/COE/CON class meetings, athletic events, other commitments that cannot be moved on this date; if none, please indicate “No scheduling conflicts anticipated”)

Thanks, and we look forward to reading students’ submissions again this year!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Abstracts Are Due Friday!

The first abstracts have arrived in my inbox, and they look fabulous! If you are still working on your submission, keep in mind that it must be emailed to au.urca@gmail.com before 5:00 p.m. this Friday, January 16, 2015. I am so excited to read about the high-quality work that students in the College of Arts and Sciences have produced this year!