The 2014 Symposium
The Center for Experiential Learning is pleased to announce the Loyola Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium, Saturday, April 12, 2014, Mundelein Center, 11-4:30
A key event during the university-wide Weekend of Excellence: Celebrating Transformative Education, the 2014 Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium will give undergraduate students in all disciplines the opportunity to showcase their research and/or engagement projects. This event offeres presenters and attendees alike an ideal venue to explore the full range of ways that undergraduates experience learning at Loyola.
As in previous years, the 2014 symposium will feature the work of undergraduate researchers supported by LUROP Fellowships, almost all of whom will present at the conference. Yet any Loyola undergraduate involved in a mentored or supervised research project during the previous year--through a course, a LUROP Fellowship, or an external fellowship--is welcome to present their research. Moreover, student researchers are welcome to present their work in one of two ways, either through a poster presentation, or through an academic conference-style oral presentation.
Students involved in a community engagement project during the previous year are also welcome to present their work in one of two ways, either through an oral presentation or as part of one of the poster sessions. Here too, any Loyola undergraduate students involved in a community engagement project--through a service-learning course, an internship, or a community partnership associated with a student organization--are welcome to present the ways in which they have "put knowledge in service to humanity" in alignment with Loyola's mission.
To get a better sense for what to expect at the 2014 symposium, check out the following recap of the 2013 symposium below, and view pictures from the symposium in the upper-right hand corner of this page.
The Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium will feature three distinct ways for students to present, and for audiences to explore, research and engagement projects.
Poster Session - The poster session has traditionally been the largest component of the symposium, and typically involves student researchers from the hard sciences as well as some of the social sciences and professional schools. The poster session runs for two hours in Mundelein Auditorium, and participants should be ready to deliver a brief presentation explaining their research to anyone who passes by, and prepare to answer questions from visitors, who may not be experts in their field. Poster presenters will receive feedback from evaluators. You will receive guidelines for your posters, and posters are due for submission by April 1st. You are strongly encouraged to attend one of the Research Poster Workshop offered in the spring.
Oral Session - Students involved in either a research or community engagement project are welcome to present in an Oral Session in which each student or group gives an 10 minute oral presentation followed by 5 minutes of questions. Oral Sessions will be held in Mundelein classrooms with AV equipment. Oral presenters are strongly encouraged to use include visual aids via Power Point presentation, Prezi, or other supplemental materials. Students will be grouped together based on the topic of their research or engagement projects, and all will receive feedback from an evaluator. Oral presenters will receive guides for designing an oral presentation, and these oral presentation guidelines are strongly encouraged to attend an Oral Presentation Workshop in the spring.
Community Engagement Forum - The Community Engagement Forum will run concurrently with the research Poster Session, offering students an opportunity to showcase the products and impacts of community-based service and research, including work completed as part of a service-learning class, internship, or student employment position, as well as philanthropy/outreach projects of Loyola student organizations. Student presenters are encouraged to prepare community education/advocacy posters or other materials describing the key questions, issues, methods, and organizations that have framed their work; guidelines for these materials will be made available to registered presenters. Additional possible presentation modes and materials may include multimedia or interactive displays (video, audio, ePortfolio); table-top displays of student-produced materials; photo essays or other artistic products; etc.
A reception and awards ceremony will follow the oral presentations, poster sessions, and community engagement forum. Research awards include the Langerbeck Award for Undergraduate Research Mentoring, the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award, and the University Libraries Undergraduate Research Paper Award.
See the 2012-2013 award recipients here!
11-12:30 Research Poster / Community Engagement Session 1
12:30-2 Oral Presentations
2-3:30 Research Poster / Community Engagement Session 2
3:30-4:30 Awards and Reception in Galvin
- 2013 Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium Program
- 2012 Undergraduate Research Symposium Program
- 2011 Undergraduate Research Symposium Program
- 2010 Undergraduate Research Symposium Program
Click the link above to register as a presenter.
Click the link above to register as an evaluator.