The Spring 2021 Symposium of Student Scholars was held on April 29, 2021 via Microsoft Teams. The event was the 25th anniversary!
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Schedule (Thursday April 29, 2021 from 9:30am - 5:00pm)
The event will be held on Thursday April 29, 2021. All sessions, regardless of type, are held in 15-minute increments using a unique Microsoft Teams calendar invite link
There are prizes for the top presentations by undergraduate and graduate researchers. To view past winners, click here.
If you are interested in being a judge for the Spring Symposium of Student Scholars, please go to the following link to sign up: https://kennesaw.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dp7xnQwqmPoAsct
Judges can be faculty, staff or graduate students.
The judging rubric can be found here.
Call for Abstracts - Deadline - Monday March 22, 2021 at 11:59pm EST
- Click here for the Symposium of Student Scholars application, which is an online application through KSU Digital Commons. (Please note that you may have to set up an account on Digital Commons if you have not done so already.)
- A separate form should be used for each individual project.
- All projects submitted will be recognized in the program. Those students choosing to present at the Symposium of Student Scholars will have their abstracts published in the program.
- We encourage ALL graduate and undergraduate students engaging in research/creative activity during the past year to present their work at the Symposium of Student Scholars, showcasing all of the great projects at KSU.
- Proposals can be submitted as 15-minute oral presentations, performances, art displays, or posters.
- Please complete this form even if you are unable to attend the event. We would like this program to be a comprehensive list of all student research and creative activity conducted at KSU during the past year.
*Note: You will need to write an abstract for your submission if you are presenting at the Symposium of Student Scholars. For examples of past abstracts, check out past programs here.
Students are invited to submit prerecorded Symposium of Student Scholars presentations if they choose asynchronous presentation during the submission process. Video recordings must adhere to the following guidelines:
- Submissions must be in the form of a video file (.mp4, .mov, .wmv, etc.)
- Submissions must be no more than 12-15 minutes in length.
- Submissions should reflect the guidelines within your discipline. (Ex. A slideshow with a voice over, a video of you discussing your research, or if the piece is performance based, a video of said performance is acceptable).
- Third-party images or music must be appropriately referenced. Music and images may
be pulled from public domain websites, but they, too, must be cited.
- Best practices for citing unusual materials are providing the item’s title, creator, source, and any licensing information, such as a CC-BY or Public Domain license. Your discipline may require more robust citation.
- Each submission should include a brief introduction about the presenter(s), including their name(s), class(es), and major(s).
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Please click here to view programs, photos and listing of prize winners from previous symposiums.
Integrating Event into Coursework
Faculty can add the Symposium of Student Scholars to their course syllabi, promoting attendance and/or participation. The event is open to all KSU undergraduate and graduate students and attendance/participation is free. Some ways that faculty can integrate the conference in their coursework include:
- Encourage students to submit abstracts so that they have an opportunity to present at a university-wide conference where they will get to network with peers and other faculty in a familiar setting. Student can also polish their communication and presentation delivery skills, learn and/or improve their abstract writing abilities, and gain the experience of responding to audience and judges‘ questions about their research.
- Encourage students to attend a specific number of sessions. Example assignments can
- Writing a short reflection on what they learned at the conference.
- Making connections between research from the conference and course content.
- Critically evaluating research presentations they attend at the conference.
Frequently Asked Questions
My research was halted or delayed due to the coronavirus. Should I still present at the Symposium this year?
We hope you do. We understand that you might not have a completed study, but you probably have preliminary information that you can present. This year, everyone will understand that there were challenges, and they will not give you a hard time for not having completed your project.
I have never presented at a virtual conference before. How can I familiarize myself with the technology and make sure that everything goes according to plan?
We will be using Microsoft Teams to host the Symposium this year. Teams will allow multiple people to virtually attend a session. Presenters can share their screen to show a powerpoint, a poster, or other visuals. Attendees can ask questions virtually or by using a chat box within the session. More details on how to specifically use Teams for the Symposium can be found here.
How do I find when I'm presenting and the link to do my virtual presentation?
Check either the PDF or Excel version of the program to find your time. The link to join the session is a hyperlink labeled "Join now" in the PDF version of the program.
Is there a different Microsoft Teams link for presenters versus attendees?
No. Everyone uses the same link to join the session.
How does a presentation work for a virtual conference?
You have been given a 15-minute slot for your presentation. We recommend that you do the following for your presentation:
- Enter your assigned "room" at least 10 minutes before the session starts.
- Share your screen and show an opening slide so attendees know they've entered the correct "room." We have created a sample opening slide that you can modify, but you can feel free to make your own as well. Information about how to share your screen can be found here.
- If you are using presentation software, like PowerPoint, Prezi, or OneNote: Start your presentation at the assigned time, and go into "presenter" mode to make your slides easier to read for the audience. Be sure to leave plenty of time for questions at the end.
- If you are not using presentation software, we strongly encourage you to turn on your video so attendees have something to look at. More specific details about how to turn on the video feature can be found here.
- When you're finished giving your presentation, ask the audience if they have any questions. Be sure to check the chat box to see if anyone wrote any questions.
- Once your 15 minutes are up, many attendees will need to leave to attend other sessions, but you're welcome to stay in your "room" to talk to people (the code is unique to your session).
Can I start my presentation early or end late?
Please do not start your presentation early, as attendees might be coming from another session. The link to your session is unique for you, which means you could go later if you wanted to, but we encourage you to end on time so that attendees can head to other sessions if they want. Judges in particular will often not be able to stay late, so they will likely take points off if your presentation is too long.
However, we strongly encourage you if you are able to stay in your session and chat with attendees informally if no one has to immediately leave. There is absolutely no problem with informal chats after the official end time for your session.
Do I need to submit my PowerPoint to the Office of Undergraduate Research before the Symposium?
Not at this time. You will show it during your presentation, and if you'd like, you can attach your presentation to the "Chat" in Microsoft Teams if you would like your audience to have access to it. Instructions on how to do that can be found here.
In the past, family and friends have been able to attend the Symposium. With the conference switching from face-to-face to virtual, can I still invite people from outside KSU?
Yes! Everyone, regardless of whether they attend KSU or not, can join in. Here's how:
- Download the MS Teams app if you haven't already.
- Look through the program (either as a PDF or an Excel file) to find the sessions you're interested in attending.
- At the assigned time or a few minutes before, click on the code to join the session. In the PDF program and the Excel file, it is a hyperlink called "Join now."
- Please mute your microphone to avoid disrupting the speaker.
I completed a project as an undergraduate or graduate student in the last year, but I have already graduated. Am I eligible to present the research at the Symposium of Student Scholars?
Yes - we are happy to accept the research you completed while a student at KSU in the past year.
I presented my research at another conference earlier this year (or I will be presenting it later this year). Am I allowed to present the exact same research at the Symposium of Student Scholars AND at another conference?
This is normally not allowed because it gives the impression that you have done more research than you actually have. HOWEVER!! In this case, it is permissible. The Symposium of Student Scholars is a chance to show off your work to the campus and larger community; we want to see what you’ve done at these other conferences. If you are creating a resume/vita, you should somehow indicate that the presentation at the Symposium of Student Scholars is the same as a presentation elsewhere.
I am in the beginning stages of a research project and won't be ready to present at the Symposium of Student Scholars. Can I still have my work showcased in the program?
Definitely! Any student who has engaged in undergraduate research/creative activity during the past year is eligible to get his/her name in the program. You can present the finished research at the next Symposium of Student Scholars, or you can present preliminary data now if you wish.
I haven't done any research during the past year, but I'd like to come to the Symposium of Student Scholars just to get a better understanding of what research is. Is this allowed?
Definitely! All students, faculty, administrators, staff, and community members are welcome to attend, regardless of whether they have research to present. Attending the Symposium of Student Scholars is an excellent way to see the research opportunities available at Kennesaw State University.
Can you ensure that I am judged only by faculty in my discipline?
Judges are faculty volunteers; sometimes there are no judges (or not enough judges) from a particular discipline. If you would like to see better representation of your discipline, encourage your professors to attend the Symposium of Student Scholars and sign up to be a judge.