What if I am not finished with my research?

Research is never truly complete, right? So, no one expects your research to be final and without lingering questions. That said, many students choose to present information about methodology, research questions and processes, as well as simply what they have THUS FAR. No matter what stage your research is at, you can present what you have got and be successful doing so.

What is the difference between a co-presenter and a collaborator?

A co-presenter will physically be there with you the day of the conference. That is why when you fill out the registration form, you will have to provide specifics about your co-presenters. Collaborators are people on the project that you want to be referenced in your public presentation information on the SRC website. (Note: There are limits to the amount of information that goes into the printed materials, please consider this when addressing who is a co-presenter and who is a collaborater. We can only publish the names of collaborators online, not in the print version.)

Who can present at the Student Research Conference?

Students at any level and across any discipline are encouraged to present at the SRC. Students in 200-level courses are allowed to submit their research projects to the SRC with the instructor's permission. Registration requires an abstract, information about the presenter, a UVM faculty sponsor, as well as timing and presentation format specifics.

What is the difference between the three presentation formats?

  • Oral/Paper Presentations are 10 minute oral presentations given in a cohort of 4 presentations per hour. The Coordinator makes an effort to create commonality between presentations for the sessions that are not curated by faculty. The 4 presentations are advertized under a heading such as "Interdisciplinary Approaches to Health Care" or "Neuroscience" or "Global Histories of Immigration". After all 4 presentations, there are 20 minutes for moderated Q&A with all the presenters. 
  • Poster Presentations are done in 4 sessions throughout the day. A student is assigned to one session and is expected to have a 24"x32" poster on a provided board and easel in the section of their "research category". Each session is 1.5 hours in which a student is expected to stand with their poster and answer questions as those in attendance wandering the space, viewing different posters.
  • Creative Presentations are up to the presenter to envision. A presenter is alotted a space, a table, and any technology resources (within reason) the student requests. Examples of Creative Presentations: Virtual Reality Sandbox, Photography series, Set Design for a play, etc. If you are interested in this but unsure if it is the right format for you, please contact the coordinator directly. 

What happens after I submit my registration?

Once you have submitted your registration, you are committed to present. No one is rejected and there is no acceptance sent besides the confirmation email post-registration. If you do not receive a confirmation, please check your spam folder and then contact the coordinator should there be none. There are a series of workshops and opportunities for professional development around the conference. Those events can be found here. On the calendar, you will also find information about deadlines for changes, schedule postings, etc.

What is the dress code for the event?

While the dress code is flexible, business casual to business professional is usually most appropriate. This is a professional conference so please keep that in mind. However, your field may have different standards and it is ok to follow the standard of your discipline's conference. For more information on the gradient of business wear, check out the Career Center's advice on dressing to impress. Remember, this is a potential networking opportunity so you'll want to put your best foot forward.

Who attends the SRC?

The SRC is a public event, therefore you should be prepared to meet everyone from those who know nothing about your field to those who are experts in it.

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