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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is an academic conference anyway?
Q: Where do I submit my research?
Q: What if I haven't totally completed the research yet but still want to participate?
Q: What student is eligible to present at the conference? A: All Undergraduate students from any college or university - both 2-year and 4-year institutions are eligible to present at the conference.
Q: What type of research is considered?
Q: What is the presentation format?
A Panel that consists of approximately 5 students. A Panel Chairperson introduces each student, each student then summarizes their research (in approximately 7 minutes), and a Panel Respondent concludes the session with a brief discussion and then opens the floor to audience Q & A.
A Roundtable functions differently in that the student(s) lead a discussion of their research topic. Audience members may insert opinions, discussion, questions, etc. during the allotted time. This format functions more as an interactive discussion between the researcher(s) and the audience, as opposed to the researcher presenting directly to the audience.
A Poster Presentation functions in quite the same manner as a Science Fair presentation, where the student(s) presents their research to people walking by via large, decorated poster boards. This is also a great choice for students presenting art or photography research!
A Performance is an appropriate presentation format for many disciplines. In a performance, students share their research with the audience via a rehearsed or choreographed delivery. Past UISRC performances have come in the form of plays, spoken word poetry, and theatrical satire.
A Faculty-Sponsored Panel is the same as the panel mentioned above, only it must be submitted by a faculty member, rather than a student. These submissions will be reviewed/vetted in the same manner as all other submissions.
*Students may choose whichever presentation format they like AND may choose to present as an individual OR as part of a group.
Q: What if I want to present with a group of friends/classmates?
A: One group member simply uploads each of the group's papers or abstracts.
Q: What if I need to use technology, like Powerpoint or Prezi?
Q: May I invite people to watch me present my research?
Q: I'm from out of town. Should I stay overnight in a hotel room? If so, are any provided?
Q: Will the students be 'judged' at this conference?
Q: How to I apply for one of the Top Paper Awards? Do I have to submit my paper twice?
Q: Do I have to pay for parking or registration?
Q: What if I need special accommodations, like a sign language Interpreter?
Q: What if I want to attend the conference but not present at it? Is that OK? A: Absolutely! You are encouraged to attend, enjoy the food, etc. even if you're not a presenter.