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Presentation Proposal Guidelines

Genesee Community College Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (CURCA) committee invites all GCC students, faculty and staff to submit proposals to present their work at the Scholars Symposium.

Students are encouraged to submit proposals to present their original:

  • Research (15 minute oral presentation; 30 minute oral presentation)
  • Research (Poster) (Presenters must prepare a 2-3 minute talk about their topic to share with interested parties. Presenters must stand/sit near poster for 60 minute session.)
  • Panel Discussion (30 or 60 minute)
  • Presentation of Experiential Education Experiences, Internships, Field Work, Travel (15 minute descriptive oral presentation includes Q&A; or a poster/portfolio presentation)
  • Reading of Creative Work (15 minute reading of poetry, prose, fiction, or hybrid work)
  • Work in Progress Reading of Creative Work (WIP) (5 minute reading)
  • Studio/Visual Art (Show a collection or piece of art)
  • Theatrical Performance
  • Music Composition (20 minute performance)
  • Dance Choreography (20 minute performance)
  • Film Production/Theatrical Script (20 minute performance)
  • Pecha Kucha (7 minute oral presentation: 20 PowerPoint slides for 20 seconds each)
  • Fast Pitch (5-6 minute presentation of your business model to a panel of judges)

All students must have a faculty or staff mentor (sponsors are not required to co-present). When the CURCA Committee receives the proposal and confirms faculty or staff mentor approval by email, it will forward student abstracts to a panel of faculty, staff and student reviewers for evaluation based on the criteria below and the standards of the specific academic discipline. Though we are especially interested in promoting student participation, the Scholars Symposium is open to faculty and staff submissions that will benefit the students in our academic community, as well.

If you have questions, please contact JoNelle Toriseva jrtoriseva@genesee.edu 585-343-0055 ext. 6627; Karen Huffman-Kelly, kshuffmankelly@genesee.edu 585-343-0055ext 6148; or Garth Swanson, GPSwanson@genesee.edu. 585-343-0055 ext. 6291 for more information.

For further information go to: http://www.genesee.edu/events/scholars-symposium/

Abstract Evaluation Criteria

What does CURCA consider research and scholarly practice? Depending on the discipline, research involves many different activities and takes a variety of forms, from the testing of scientific hypotheses, to interpretive, descriptive, and artistic endeavors. According to the Council on Undergraduate Research “undergraduate research” is: “an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.” Common research activities include: Library searches and archival work, surveys and interviews, laboratory work, modeling and computations, fieldwork, experiential learning (reflection, documentation), production of creative works (e.g., art studio, music, dance and movement, creative writing and poetry, design, film production, and more).

Eligible Undergraduate Student Research, Scholastic Inquiry and Creative Projects:

  • Produced by student(s) under faculty or staff supervision or in collaboration with faculty or staff.
  • Associated with: advanced methods, independent research, applied learning or other course (in which project represents substantial research or creative work); summer research experience; experiential learning (including internships and travel);
  • Based on advanced methodologies in the discipline and (in the case of research) on relevant data (statistical, lab, field, or survey) or primary source material

Submission Information:

Please provide the following information when submitting your presentation abstract:

  • Primary presenter name, e-mail address, phone number, academic field
  • Faculty or staff mentor name and e-mail address
  • Secondary presenter(s) name(s) and e-mail address(es)
  • Presentation type: oral presentation; poster presentation; performance
  • If oral presentation, other presenters you wish to be considered for same panel
  • Presentation title, key words description, abstract (100-200 words)
  • Special equipment or space requests
  • Special needs associated with a disability
  • Special time of day requests (only exceptional time constraints are favorably considered)

Abstract Guidelines:

Abstract should clearly and concisely:

  • Identify the central research question, objective, or thesis of the project
  • Summarize the methodology and/or findings of the research or creative work
  • State conclusions, significance, and/or current state of the project

In addition:

  • Abstracts should be well written (e.g. spelling, grammar, clarity, etc.) since they will include names of student(s) and faculty mentor and be accessible online to global audiences.
  • Select “Key Words” carefully- they facilitate online searches for the abstract.
  • Upon submission, abstracts will be sent to faculty mentors for approval. Abstracts that do not receive faculty mentor support will not be accepted.
  • There is a limit of one presentation proposal/abstract per primary author.

Abstract Format:

  • Titles should be bolded, short and specific, and in mixed UPPER and lower case letters.
  • Use 12-point Times New Roman font.
  • Abstract should be 100-200 words.
  • Include plain text only- DO NOT include tables, charts, pictures, foreign characters, or scientific symbols.
  • The title and abstract will appear in the conference program exactly as inputted, so double check spelling, punctuation, and clarity of prose.

Abstract Examples:

Sharkey, Vincent: Are You Anxious? Getting Cold Feet? Blame the Sympathetic Nervous System

The idiom “cold feet” can be interpreted as a sudden reversal of commitment, such as a groom’s change of mind about getting married. This phrase may in fact represent a cardiovascular response to stress orchestrated by the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS). The SNS can be activated by both physical and psychological stimuli. Its response to light exercise is diverting blood away from the skin toward skeletal muscle which cools the skin down. You could hypothesize that psychological duress could trigger a sympathetic response which redirects blood from the skin cooling it down.

For this presentation, the purpose of this project is to assess whether public speaking, a situation common to the classroom can initiate an anxious response by the cardiovascular system which causes a cooling of the skin. Twenty four students in Human Physiology class participated in this study. Electrocardiograph, heart rate and skin temperature were obtained on each student at rest, light exercise and during public speaking using the Biopac System. The mean surface body temperature was significantly lower during the time students were public speaking (Avg. 85 0F) than at rest (Avg. 89 0F) P < .00001. The results would suggest that a sympathetic response to psychological stress was the culprit. (Example from MCC Scholar’s Day)

Keywords: Physiology, Sympathetic, Temperature, Anxiety, Nervous, ECG

Bly, Williams, and Klein: The Formless Construct of American Prose Poetry

This paper investigates various scholarly interpretations of the formless construct of American prose poetry since the 1950’s. It uses post-structuralist theory to deconstruct poets Robert Bly’s, CK Williams’s, and Michael Klein’s writing style and iteration of the prose form. Building on literary scholar David Orr’s contention that poetry is intensely personal and “the pure expression of our inner lives,” this project discusses how each poet exemplifies the idea of personal poetry in unique ways. Bly uses the prose form to illuminate the objects around him as he utilizes traditional poetic conventions of image and metaphor to “see” the world and his place in it in novel ways. Williams’s prose style is modern, conversational, and informal as he discusses the death of a loved one or a New York City taxi ride. Last, Klein adopts a contemporary confessional style, engaging the reader on a deeply intimate level, sometimes uncomfortably so. Alongside close readings of Bly, Williams, and Klein’s prose poetry, this paper also engages the current conversation on the prose poetry “form,” claiming identifiers that help define true prose poetry. (Example from SURC)

Key Words: prose poetry, post-structuralism, Robert Bly, CK Williams, Michael Klein, poetic form

Cross-disciplinary and encompassing all programs and divisions, GCC’s Celebration of Inquiry and Scholarship showcases achievement through presentations, poster sessions, performances, demonstrations, field studies, portfolios, service learning, evidence of experiential activities with students, faculty, and staff producing and chairing sessions throughout the day. CIS is a wonderful opportunity for all in our community to learn about a wide array of topics from all academic disciplines in an engaging environment giving students practice in disciplinary techniques of public presentation, presenting scholarly and creative work, observing fellow scholars and artists across the disciplines, engaging with members of the college community in educationally meaningful events, and supporting a college culture of intellectual initiative and academic excellence.