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 document 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. You will need to provide two abstracts. One will be a maximum of 250 words, and the second is not to exceed 125 words, The shorter abstract will be used for the program brochure.


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 November 1, 2018 through February 15, 2019.
  • 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. Students doing an oral presentation or round table will be allotted 15 minutes.
  • Participants must display a poster or creative product, or participate in an oral presentation or round table discussion, 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 $30 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.
  • Poster submissions will be judged for quality of presentation, including — but not limited to — display, conclusions, and clarity of 7-10 minute verbal overview. Please visit the Evaluations/Rubric page to learn about judging criteria.
  • Student participants will be considered for cash awards.
  • 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, and to participate in special programs that will assist them in creating a poster or developing a presentation.
  • Please watch for special programs that will be offered during the Spring 2017 semester to assist you with your preparations for participation in the Symposium.