College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

INSPIRE Student Research & Engagement Conference

INSPIRE Student Research & Engagement Conference

The College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and the Graduate College are joining forces for a combined conference that’s bigger and better than ever!


Undergraduate and graduate students from all majors across campus are invited to participate in the new, virtual INSPIRE Student Research & Engagement Conference on April 12-13, 2021.

The combined conference will be an opportunity for students to showcase the wide variety of experiential activities in which they participate inside and outside of the classroom, including research, internship/volunteer experiences, club activities and/or creative performances.

All students will be required to have a faculty advisor, so please reach out to your students to let them know about this opportunity to highlight their hard work.

Submissions are due March 22, 2021. Note: projects can be complete or in-progress at time of presentation.

Contact Helen Harton or Windee Weiss, conference co-coordinators, with any questions.
 

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PROJECT CATEGORIES

Research: Poster or oral presentations on a research or scholarly project.

Volunteer/Internship Experiences: Poster or oral presentations on a discipline-related volunteer, work, or internship experience (e.g., cooperative education, practicum, service learning, study abroad).

Club Activities: Student clubs or groups may propose discipline-related activities (e.g., historical re-enactments, project demonstrations, informational workshops) for poster, oral, table, or other types of presentations/engagement.

Creative Performances: Individuals or groups of students may do various creative performances, exhibits, or demonstrations (e.g., music, art, improv, dance, readings).
 

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION DETAILS

ORAL PRESENTATIONS will be grouped with similar talks in one-hour Zoom sessions. A moderator will introduce presenters, who will then give their presentation one at a time. Each presenter will speak for about 12 minutes, with 3 minutes for questions from the audience. You may use PowerPoint or other visuals. Presenters are expected to be in the session for the entire time. You may choose to record your presentation and upload it later to ScholarWorks, the UNI institutional depository. You can also choose to upload a paper, your PowerPoints, or other documentation.

POSTER PRESENTATIONS will need to be submitted one week prior to the conference. Presenters will be grouped with similar posters in 30-minute sessions. A moderator will introduce presenters, who will then give an informal talk of about  3-5 minutes to provide an overview of their poster, in Zoom one at a time. There will also be opportunities for audience members to ask questions. Presenters are expected to be in the session for the entire time. You may choose to record your presentation and upload it later to ScholarWorks, the UNI institutional depository. You can also choose to upload a paper or other documentation.

CREATIVE PERFORMANCES will be scheduled in a university performance hall and broadcast live in most cases. Performers will have 10 minutes each to introduce their work (introductions can also be provided to a moderator ahead of time who will read them) and perform. If you own the copyright for your work and any background music or the rights to broadcast it, you may choose to submit a recorded presentation instead. In that case, you would need to upload your recorded performance one week prior to the conference, and you (or at least one member, if a group presentation) would join the stream live to introduce and answer questions about the work. You may choose to record your presentation and upload it later to ScholarWorks, the UNI institutional depository, if you own all copyrights. You can also choose to upload a clip or other documentation. 

Other formats may be available for club activities or other projects that don’t fit these presentation guidelines—contact one of the conference coordinators for more information.