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Q: Why call it research experience if dance, studio art and philosophy papers are included?

A: Many different activities combine serious inquiry into an area of interest or a body of knowledge, learning how to analyze information from sources, learning to think in an organized and systematic way about a subject, and producing a result that presents the student with a new learning experience. Such activities could include planning and researching a work of studio art, choreographing a dance program or writing an original music composition, short story or theatrical production.

Q: If I present my research at the SRU Symposium for Student Research, Scholarship and Creative Achievement, can I still present it at a regional or national conference within my discipline?

A: Although every discipline is different, most disciplines will allow you to present your work at a local venue AND a regional/national conference. Please check with your faculty mentor to determine your discipline's policy.

Q: How do I get started if I want to apply for the Symposium?

A: First, talk to your professor about submitting a project to the Symposium. Projects could include laboratory or field research (as in the basic and applied sciences), statistical analyses, outcomes of surveys and samples, Action Research conducted as part of the teacher training Field Experience, scholarly inquiry in the humanities, artistic creations, dance and choreography, creative writing, and poetry reading. If you have questions about the Symposium, call or email Philip Tramdack (in the library) at 724-738-2630 or

Q: What do I have to do to submit an application?

A: Watch for the announcement calling for Symposium submissions. The web form for submissions is open and will close at midnight, Monday, February 10, 2014. The link to the web form for submissions will be posted in the daily "Top of the Rock" email bulletin and on this web site. Follow the link to the Symposium submission web form and complete the form. You will be asked for the following information:

  • Author information - your first, middle, and last names, email address, phone, status (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) and your co-authors' information, if you are working on the project with other students.
  • Faculty sponsor - the first and last names, e-mail, phone, and department of your faculty sponsor or sponsors on the project.
  • Student presenter(s) and/or performer(s) - the names, emails, phones, and status of any students who will be presenting or performing your project, but who are not the authors. An example would be the names of dancers who are performing a dance you have choreographed, or the names of instrumentalists performing a musical composition of which you are the author.
  • IRB and/or IACUC approval - all research project which use human or animal subjects require IRB or IACUC approval. For more information consult with your faculty sponsor. You must obtain the required approvals before submitting your application to participate in the Symposium.
  • Abstracts - the abstract is a clear, concise, and complete summary of your project, which should at a minimum inform the reader of the nature, scope, means/methodology, and results of your project. Work with your faculty sponsor to craft an abstract appropriate for your project and academic discipline. Abstracts must be written yourself and approved by your faculty sponsor before submission, and the abstract, including the title, cannot be longer than 300 words. Don't wait until the last day before you pull this together! Work on this ahead of time, just in case you have questions when you fill in the form.

Q: What happens after I submit my application?

A: Your submission will be reviewed by a panel of faculty members from your College. You will be told if your submission has been accepted for the Symposium by early March, 2014.

Q: Do I get to pick the time I make my oral or poster presentation?

A: You will be assigned a time on Thursday, April 10 to give your presentation. Posters will be presented between 12:30 and 2:00 PM on April 10. The final schedule will be decided by mid-March, after all submissions have been reviewed.

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