17th Annual Student Research Symposium
Sponsored by Jeffrey R. Breese, Vice President and
Dean for Academic Resources
April 24, 2015, 3 - 6:30 p.m.

The Manchester University Student Research Symposium is a showcase for undergraduate and graduate research across disciplines. The Symposium was started by Dean Jo Young Switzer in 1998 to give students and faculty an opportunity to collaborate on research. It continues to be one of our most significant campus events, offering high quality presentations.

Students at this year’s Symposium will share their work with the larger academic community, enlivening the intellectual climate on campus by stimulating discussions and facilitating collaborations within and across disciplines. We hope to see you there!

What you need to know

  • This is a professional conference. Do not submit an abstract unless you are certain that you are available to attend the conference on Friday, April 24, 2015.
  • Acceptance into the Student Research Symposium is based on the quality of your abstract submission. Abstract submissions and awards will be selected based on the rubrics below:
  • Undergraduate students may elect to be considered for three awards: the honor of being the keynote presenter, a poster presentation award, and the Jo Young Switzer Writing Award.
  • You must obtain IRB approval if you are presenting data from human subjects or animals.
  • Learn more by reviewing Symposium guidelines here.


  • Friday, February 27:Extended deadline: Students submit an abstract by 11:59 p.m., February 27 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, March 10. If the presentation is group authored, only one student need submit an abstract. See "Abstracts are important" below to review requirements and to submit your abstract.
  • Friday, March 13: Presenters receive their acceptance notification.
  • Tuesday, March 24: Auditions for the honor of keynote presenter will be held on March 24 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level, Hoff and Lahman rooms. All those interested in being considered must be in attendance.
  • Friday, March 27: All poster presenters must submit a PDF of their poster by 11:59 p.m., March 27.
    Applicants for the Jo Young Switzer Writing Award submit a Word or PDF document of their full paper. If poster presenters are also submitting a paper, they must submit their poster and paper separately. Submit final document(s) here.
  • Tuesday, March 31: Individual selected for keynote presenter is notified by 5 p.m.
  • Friday, April 24: Manchester University Research Symposium
    3 - 6:30 p.m.

Preparation for submitting a proposal

Student Presenters, you'll need to include the following:

  1. The title of your presentation and a brief (250-to-300 word) abstract of your presentation
  2. Usernames and email addresses of your co-presenters
  3. The name and email address of your faculty mentor
  4. Your preference for presentation format (Oral or Poster Presentation)
  5. The list of awards/honor for which you would like to be considered
  6. IRB approval if you are presenting data from human subjects

Abstracts are important

  • Abstracts should be a one-paragraph statement of the presentation topic or problem. It should include:
    • Statement of topic or purpose
    • Scholarly approach/methods/argument (as applicable by discipline)
    • Results and/or conclusions
  • For oral presentations, remember that you will have approximately 15 minutes to present your research. If you are reading from an essay, it should be a maximum of 12 pages, so that you do not have to rush through your presentation.
  • Submit abstract here.

Symposium Schedule

  • Brochures will be available in the Academic Center at 3 p.m.
  • Research Presentations
    Academic Center
    3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
  • (Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional Student) Poster Presentations
    Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level
    4:45 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Reception
    Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level
    5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Student Research Symposium Committee:  Ejenobo Oke, Christer Watson, Marcie Coulter-Kern, Katharine Ings, Kathrine Dwyer

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