Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Abstract Writing Wkshp Jan. 15 | Abstracts Due Jan. 25

This is a reminder of the Friday, January 25, 2019 (5:00 p.m.) deadline for submission of abstracts for the Tenth Annual College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) 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 Tuesday, April 9, 2019.  Please consider submitting your work for this event.

The URCA committee will hold an abstract writing workshop on Tuesday, January 15th at 7:30-9:00 p.m. in room 217 Kettering in order to assist students in polishing their abstracts. 

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.  Group projects in which some members are majoring outside of the College of Arts and Sciences will be considered by the URCA Committee.  Current students, as well as December 2018 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.

Examples of acceptable abstracts from the prior years’ events, as well as detailed submission instructions for the abstracts are posted on the URCA blog ( If you have any questions about presenting at the Symposium or the abstract submission process, please contact Jeff Weidenhamer, Director of the URCA Symposium, at

Questions may also be directed to members of the URCA Symposium Committee:

URCA Symposium Committee
Dr. Christopher Burkett, History/Political Science
Dr. Christopher Chartier, Psychology
Dr. Hilary Donatini, English
Dr. Scott Garlock, Music
Dr. Wendy Schaller, Art
Dr. Gordon Swain, Mathematics