Symposium Guidelines


Now that you have made a decision to participate in the Symposium, you will need to prepare and submit an abstract for consideration. An abstract is a paragraph that condenses a large research project into a structured summary description. The abstract should be written in such a way that it provides the reader with a clear picture of your work.


General Information

  • Undergraduate students attending any of Kent State's eight campuses and representing any major are eligible to participate.
  • Student researchers are required to submit a brief abstract indicating their intent to participate.
  • Abstracts will be accepted from Sunday, November 1, 2015 through Monday, February 1, 2016.
  • Students choosing to perform a creative work (dance, theater, music, etc.) will be allotted a maximum of 10 minutes (including set-up and take down) to present.
  • Participants must display a poster or creative product that can be viewed by those in attendance at the Symposium.
  • Posters should measure 36x48, include KSU logo, title of project, name(s) of author(s) including faculty mentor.
  • Easels and a 36x48 foam core board will be provided for all poster presentations. Students not providing a poster presentation will be responsible for bringing their own equipment (instrument, laptop, etc.).
  • Posters can be printed at the Fashion School for $10 per poster (for Undergraduate Research Symposium only) while supplies last. Files must be saved to a USB drive as a PDF, TIFF, JPG, PSD and/or AI formats (No Word or PowerPoint files). Students must allow 2 working days to have files printed.
  • Submissions will be judged for quality of presentation including but not limited to display, conclusions, and clarity of 7-10 minute verbal overview.
  • Student participants will be considered for cash awards for first place in the amount of $500 and second place in the amount of $200 based on their display and/or presentations. Awards will be made by research category with a minimum of one prize and in cases where there are a large number of abstract submissions, a maximum of two prizes.
  • All research, scholarly work, and creative activity must be completed in collaboration with a faculty or graduate student mentor.
  • Students will need to be present during judging and during the awards ceremony (time to be announced). Students who have extenuating or unusual circumstances that do not allow them to be present for the entire program should consult with the symposium director at
  • Students are encouraged to seek assistance from their subject librarian and/or mentor.