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About the Undergraduate Research Conference

The Undergraduate Conference for Research and Creative Practice is scheduled to take place on the morning of Convocation Day, April 18, 2019 . The Conference consists of presentations by Fitchburg State students from all departments to promote both creativity and scholarship. The Conference is a rewarding opportunity for students throughout their university life to showcase their academic achievements for each other, for the faculty, and for their families and friends. Students will be able to present in a variety of ways, including poster and oral presentations, media showings and performances.

Students may present work related to:

  • Course research
  • Creative work in the visual and performing arts
  • Independent study
  • Community service
  • Study abroad

Reasons to Participate
This is an opportunity for you to:

  • Learn to present academic and creative work in a formal setting
  • Receive feedback from faculty and scholars in your field
  • Exchange ideas with other undergraduate scholars
  • Enhance your resume
  • Impress your family and friends

Effective presentation skills are valuable for all future careers. The conference provides an excellent public forum to enhance your skills, to share your work, to see the work of others in your field, and to give and receive valuable feedback.

Eligibility
All registered Fitchburg State undergraduates are eligible to participate.

Presentation Formats

  • Presentations can be done individually or in small groups.
  • Work in progress may be presented so that feedback may guide or improve a project.
  • Each presenter or group of presenters must be sponsored by a faculty member willing to assist the students with writing their abstracts and preparing their presentations.
  • Oral sessions are conducted in panel and discussion format. Grouped by discipline/topic, each of the four presenters in a panel gives a ten-minute presentation. A fifteen-minute discussion for the entire panel follows.
  • Poster sessions are arranged by discipline/topic. The poster session this year will be one-hour long in which the presenter is expected to be present to answer questions at her/his poster.

How to Participate
For information about submissions or if you have any questions regarding the conference, contact Renee Fratantonio (X4219) or Katharine Covino (X3751) or email ugrad-conference@fitchburgstate.edu.

Reach out to members of the faculty and find a faculty member who is willing to serve as your sponsor. Your faculty sponsor will help you with writing and reviewing your abstract, and advise you on your final product.