Call for Judges - Student Research Symposium | Kent State University

Call for Judges - Student Research Symposium


Your students have been very busy engaging in research and creative endeavors, and they are excited about showing you their work. If you serve as a faculty mentor, I thank you for your work and dedication. Such tremendous opportunities not only ignite our students' passion and dedication to their fields of study, but often reinforce those same feelings in ourselves.

Students and their faculty mentors will celebrate their work at the upcoming 2nd Annual Undergraduate Symposium on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (March 11) and the 30th Annual Graduate Research Symposium (April 3). I write today to ask for your help in serving as a judge for one or both of these important events.

Undergraduate Symposium on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity
Last year, over 300 undergraduate students participated in the inaugural Undergraduate Symposium on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity. Students said one of the most gratifying of their experiences was to engage with their faculty mentors and to be able to talk with judges in their own discipline about their work.

This year's symposium will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 1:00-5:00, in the Kent Student Center. Volunteer judges will gather at noon to review judging guidelines and criteria (lunch will be served). Evaluation of student work will begin at 1:00 and end at 3:00, at which time judges will gather in their groups (research category) to discuss and select prizewinners. Prizes will be presented at 4:00.

All judges are welcomed, but in particular, the symposium needs judges in the areas of physics (1), computer science/mathematics (3), biomedical sciences (3), psychology (6), architecture (1), biology ecology (2), and art/fashion (2).

Please contact Doug Delahanty at to volunteer to be a judge.

Graduate Research Symposium
Kent State's Graduate Student Senate (GSS) will host their 30th Annual Graduate Research Symposium on Friday April 3, 9:00-2:00, in the Kent Student Center. The symposium will feature oral and poster presentations by graduate students from a wide variety of disciplines. Over the last five years, the symposium has experienced significant growth - from 40 presentations in 2010 to a record 310 presentations scheduled for this year! Due to this rapid growth, the need for faculty judges is high.

There are a number of ways faculty can help support the Graduate Research Symposium:

  • Serve as judges - CLICK HERE to register online,
  • Encourage other faculty members to serve as judges, and
  • Support students by attending presentations.

Faculty judges are invited to attend the Awards Luncheon (begins at 12:30 pm), during which President Warren will give the keynote address. If you have any questions about the symposium, please contact GSS Symposium Chair, Scout McCully, at

I thank you for all you do for our students. I hope that many of you will be able to respond to the requests to serve as judges as these are important events. Even if you are not able to serve as a judge, I urge you to attend the events and support our students.


Todd A. Diacon, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost