Student Research Symposium

Student Research Symposium

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 from 5–8 p.m.

The annual Student Research Symposium will be held this year on Wednesday, May 4, from 5–8 p.m. (following the Honors Program Senior presentations) in the Tuohy auditorium and the student lounge. The Undergraduate Research Symposium is a college-wide event that allows undergraduate students from any discipline to celebrate their research with the entire St. Joseph's University community through poster presentations, short paper presentations or 10-minute talk, or even an art exhibition. The SJC Undergraduate Research Symposium gives undergraduates an opportunity to hone their communication skills by providing students with a supportive environment of peers and mentors, giving them a low-stakes chance to practice talking about their research.

Additionally, the 2022 Student Research Symposium will also have a bi-campus virtual component where attendees can access presentations from both campuses. More information about this feature will be forthcoming.

Call for Papers and Abstracts

Anyone interested in participating should submit a proposal by April 22, 2022 using the Undergraduate Research Symposium form.

Type of Submissions

Short Talks

Short talks are live, oral presentations that are allotted up to 10 minutes, plus three minutes for questions and answers. Presenters will be assigned a virtual room with other presenters (who hopefully have a related topic or theme) and a moderator/host. Presenters will have the ability to share their screen and present any visual guides. Short talks can be from any discipline, presenting any type of research.

Poster Presentations

Poster presentations will be a little different this year because of the virtual environment. The most significant difference is that they will not be live. Rather, in addition to uploading a PDF of their poster, each poster presenter will pre-record themselves speaking about their poster as it is shown on the screen. Conference attendees will be able to comment on your poster presentation in the same way as a discussion board typically works. The poster presenter will get an email that the communication has occurred, and will have an opportunity to reply. Poster presenters are advised to build their poster using PowerPoint. Instructions on how to create your poster presentation video, poster examples, and a fully customizable PowerPoint poster template may be found under the Poster Guidelines tab below.

Art Exhibition


Similar to the poster presentations, art exhibitions this year will not be live, but pre-recorded. The 2021 virtual art exhibitions may include painting, drawing, sculpture, craft, print, graphic/digital design, photography, or mixed media work. The presenter will prepare a pre-recorded presentation featuring their art/design work, and a discussion that will include, but not be limited to, the media, processes, and concepts involved. Individual projects are preferred, but group presentations will be considered if they are proposed under a cohesive topic or collaborative project. Participants are strongly encouraged to work with an art faculty mentor in preparing their abstract. 

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