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Research Day 2015

April 6-8, 2015

Research Day is an annual event that allows students to share their research with the University community.  Student researchers are given the opportunity to present their research and interact in a professional environment where they are encouraged to discuss their research, both formally and informally.  Research Day 2015 will include departmental research symposia, student presentations, student posters, and the Three Minute Thesis student presentation contest.  For more information on Research Day 2015, please email or call Dr. Lisa Keys-Mathews (x4640 or lkeysmathews@una.edu).  There is no Departmental Showcase this year; but if any department would like a table in the Atrium during the poster sessions, please contact Lisa Keys-Mathews as well. 

Department Research Symposia
(Request Deadline:  March 20)

This year for the first time, departments are encouraged to host a discipline-specific research Symposium on Monday, April 6 in the Guillott University Center.   The idea behind the research symposia is to provide an environment for research discussion and brainstorming that is led by students. Students early in their research experience are encouraged to attend and become involved in the round table discussions.  The format of the symposia is flexible however some ideas include:  Round table research discussions where students discuss their research with other students, illustrated poster presentations where students provide a five minute research synopsis and then attendees view posters and discuss the research with the author(s), and/or faculty research presentations, to name a few.  If your department is interested but has questions, please contact Andrea Hunt (ahunt3@una.edu) in the Department of Sociology and Human Studies.  Dr. Hunt and members of the Department, organized a Department Research Symposium in the fall 2014 with great results.  The GUC Loft, Room 200, and a banquet hall have been reserved for these events.  Departments can request two hour blocks of time. Please contact Lisa Keys-Mathews to reserve space. 

Student Research Oral Presentations
(Submission Deadline:  March 20)

The student research presentations should last from 8-10 minutes with up to 5 minutes for questions.  The presentations will occur on April 7-8 in the GUC Loft GUC Room 200, and the Commons Auditorium in two to three hour blocks of time. A research abstract of 150-250 words is required, as well as information about your research mentor and available days and times.  For best results, complete your research abstract, including editing by your faculty mentor and others, before you begin the process; the form cannot be saved and started again laterThe application for presenting your research is now on-line.

Student Research Poster Presentations
(Submission Deadline:  March 20)

The poster sessions will occur in the GUC Atrium during the mid-morning and mid-afternoon of April 7-8 (see the application form for exact times).  A research abstract of 150-250 words is required, as well as information about your research mentor and available days and times for presentation.  For best results, complete your research abstract, including editing by your faculty mentor and others, before you begin the process; the form cannot be saved and started again later.   The application for poster presentations is now on-line

Three Minute Thesis Competition

The finals of the University Three Minute Thesis Competition will be held in Norton Auditorium on Monday, April 6 at 5:00pm.  The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an oral presentation competition that cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.  The Three Minute Thesis website has information on the presentation and judging process.  The Three Minute Thesis competitions leading up to the final round will be held at a time and location determined by the various departments; the College competitions are scheduled for March 30 in Norton Auditorium. For more information on the Three Minute Thesis competition, please email Dr. Cindy Stenger (clstenger@una.edu) or Dr. James Jerkins (jajerkins@una.edu). 

Students, if you wish to participate in Research Day 2015, please see your Research Faculty Mentor and then complete one (or both) of the applications by clicking the links below.  If you are interested in the Three Minute Thesis Competition, see your department chair.  Awards and prizes will be given for each of the events.

Apply for Oral Presentation

Apply for Poster Presentation