The method of your presentation
will be based upon the way professionals within your discipline frequently
present their research, creative project or performance.
Those Staying Overnight:
If you are staying overnight in Raleigh, you
may wish to make reservations at a Raleigh Hotel by entering this link:
and indicate to the hotel clerk that you will be participating in a symposium
at the McKimmon Center for the event entitled: State of NC Undergraduate Research Symposium.
All hotels in this website have a contractual agreement with special rates
with the Office of Professional Development at the McKimmon Center.
Abstract: Regardless of whether
you perform, display your art work or give a poster or oral presentation, you
must prepare an abstract (summary) that is 300 words or less and submit it
using the online registration link by 5:00 p.m. on November 3, 2006. Junior
authors should not submit an abstract (only the senior author submits
the abstract) but should register at the Undergraduate Co-Author Registration
Form. The abstract should be typed using Times New Roman 12 point font.
No abstracts/late registrations will be accepted after this date.
Your poster must be no larger than 3ft x 4ft but it can be oriented either
horizontally or vertically on an easel that will be provided for you (pins
included). The following links will be helpful in preparing your
If your campus does not have a large poster printer you
can have it printed at a local printing/photocopy company (between
$80-$100). If too costly, you may use PowerPoint software to create
several 8.5” by 11” sheets of content that can be pinned to the
easel’s backboard that is 3ft x 4ft. Your name, mentor’s
name and your institutional addresses should follow the title of your poster.
See this photo
link of a completed poster. Note: NC Space Grant participants should
have the poster printed by a local company and save the original
receipt. Complete the form under the Registration Links section so that
you can be reimbursed.
will be 55, 20-minute time blocks established for 11 presentation
rooms. Prepare a PowerPoint computer-projected presentation that, when
rehearsed, takes no more than 15 minutes. A session moderator will then
permit 5 minutes or less of questions. No one will be permitted to
exceed this time allotment because the audience may wish to quickly go to the
next concurrent presentation in another room. Bring your presentation on
a USB memory stick or 3.5 inch diskette. Arrive at your designated
presentation room before the 9:00 a.m. welcome session so that your presentation
can be loaded into the computers. Also have with you a printed copy of
your presentation in the event of an unforeseen computer glitch.
Performing Arts: One room will be
set up for dance, song or instrument presentation. Each presentation
will be allotted 15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions and explanations of
your original work. All students in the performing arts session must
submit an abstract that describes the nature, history and/or development of
the performance. Bring your own instrument(s); professional-grade
amplification will not be available, but hand-held or wireless
amplification microphones will be available. Indicate your specific
needs on the registration form.
Visual Arts: One room will be
furnished with 6-foot tables for displays of original sculptures, ceramic art
and works that can be displaced on a table. Easels will be provided for
paintings, drawings or the hanging of fabrics and collages. Depending on
the demand for this venue, students should stay with their display from 10:00
a.m. until noon. If pressed by demand, each student will display for one
hour so that another student can move into the vacated space for the last
hour. All students in the visual arts session must submit an abstract
that describes the piece of art, how the idea arose, its structural
composition (type of clay, glaze used, oil or watercolors, woven materials
and dyes, etc.). Your work may not be sold at the symposium; however,
you can make arrangements with buyers to do so at a later time. Visual arts
students may find the oral presentation mode more suitable if a power point
presentation is desired. It is up to you.
Dance/Song or Instrument Performances on Stage for the entire
group attending the symposium will be between 9:00-9:50 a.m. Two or
three 10-minute performance opportunities are available and students are
encouraged to apply through the recommendation of their college
mentor/instructor. You will be notified of acceptance into this
competition at the close of registration. Note that these students
should also submit an abstract and request space in the performance room in
the event they are not chosen for this stage performance.
Click here to complete your abstract electronically.
About Your Presentation
After you've submitted
your application, these questions may help you determine the best way to
present your project.
When Do I Give My Presentation?
Oral presentations will be in one of
11 rooms between 10:00 a.m. and noon. Poster presentations will be from 1:00
to 4:00 p.m. but as two 1.5 hr. sessions.
Do I Have Any Choices on How I Do My Presentation?
No. Your research discipline will determine whether you will
give an oral or poster presentation.
What Are the Requirements for a
Students may design their poster to
be oriented horizontally or vertically as a 36" x 48" poster. An
easel with a cardboard sheet that is 42" x 54" will be provided
along with pins to attach your poster. If you do not have a poster
printer at your institution, you may use PowerPoint software to generate
separate 8.5” by 11.0” sheets that can be pinned onto the
cardboard sheet. Note that most photocopy shops can print a poster for
you, but it must be submitted to them on a diskette or CD in print-ready form
(have your mentor proof your work). The cost will be around
$80-$110. Your institutions may have this service available, so be sure
to check before seeking a commercial printer. NC Space Grant participants
should submit an additional form so that their poster printing costs can be
reimbursed (see Registration Links section).
When Can I Start Setting Up My Poster Presentation?
If you are in Poster Session 1
(1:00-2:30 p.m.) you may set up your poster on a designated easel any time
between 7:45 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. If you are in Poster Session 2 (2:30-
4:00 p.m.) you must go to a designated easel at 2:30 p.m. and set up where
someone from Poster Session 1 was presenting. A registration desk will
be established in the McKimmon
lobby. When you sign in at the registration desk you will be able to
pick up your nametag and your easel-board assignment. The website for the
symposium will continually update placement of posters and oral presentations
as November 18 nears. Presentations must remain up with you present until
the end of your session.
When Is Lunch?
Participants and their Research
Mentors are encouraged to participate in the complimentary lunch that will be
served from noon – 12:50 p.m. This will be a boxed
lunch. Pick up your food in Room 2 and then take it to one of the 11
rooms where professionals will lead special discussions on various topics
ranging from “How to Get into Medical School,”
to “Patents and Property Rights.” Be sure to indicate on your
registration form the type of lunch you want (with meat deli salad or no-meat
High School Students and Teachers:
High school teachers (30 first come first served!!)
please know that a special program has been planned for you. You would
be at the symposium site to see performing artists between 9:00-10:00
a.m. At 10:00 a.m. you would be bused to the Prairie Ridge outdoor and
indoor classrooms of the NC Museum
of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. There, Dr.
Elizabeth Baird and her staff will provide you with a free lunch and lead a
program entitled: Prairie Ridge: Using the Outdoors for Research and
Learn ways to incorporate field research and
interdisciplinary techniques with your students. During our session you will
have a chance to participate in some hands-on research techniques that might
be replicable on your school grounds. You will also discover ways to use
nature journaling – using writing, drawing and other techniques –
as a tool for helping your students increase their science skills.
Participating teachers will receive a copy of Richard Louv’s highly
acclaimed book “The Last Child in the Woods” as well as a
journal, journaling tools and other materials. Please wear appropriate attire
for an outside study, including closed toe shoes and long pants. Bring rain
gear and jackets. This class will primarily be taught in the field and in an
At 1:00 p.m., you will return by bus to the McKimmon Center for the poster session followed
by the 4:00 p.m. reception (food) and the recognition of the symposium’s
If you are a high school teacher please complete the
form at this link. Remember, the first 30 to register will be
accepted into this special program; you will get a certificate of attendance
at the end of the day.
Assistance for High School Teachers:
assistance is available for high school teachers attending the Symposium.
Please see the High School Teacher registration form for details.
Invited Recruiters of Graduate and Professional Schools,
Industry and Government Agencies:
This symposium is an excellent opportunity for
recruiters for graduate and professional schools, of industry and government
agencies and of fine arts’ studios to identify some of the most
talented young research scholars and artists in North Carolina. These students have
hands-on research and creative arts experiences and represent an excellent,
non-ordinary group of future scholars and leaders within their
disciplines. North Carolina
cannot afford to lose this talent! We hope that you will invite students
to apply to your institution, company, studio, or government agency.
Your only cost will be getting to the McKimmon Center
in Raleigh. There
is no registration fee and all meals and break service is open to
you. Rather than assign display space at the symposium, we ask that you
visit the oral and poster presentation rooms and question students that you
wish to invite to apply to your institution, company or agency. All you
will need are brochures and application forms.
complete the recruiter registration form so that we can plan for printing and
food costs, and also keep you updated on added details related to the
symposium. If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or
to the McKimmon Center at NC State University:
From I-40 traveling east from airport: Take Gorman Street
Exit #295. Turn left onto Gorman
Street. Go approximately 1 mile. McKimmon Center
is on the right past Avent Ferry Rd, before Western Blvd. See map.
From I-40 traveling west: Take
Gorman Street Exit #295. Turn right onto Gorman Street. Go
approximately 1 mile. McKimmon Center is on the right past Avent Ferry Rd.,
before Western Blvd.
Research Journal--State of North
We are pleased that undergraduate students
from any college, university or community college in North Carolina may submit a manuscript of
their research/special creative project for publication in the companion
journal for this annual symposium.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Spring 2007/Volume II, Issue 1
Any undergraduate enrolled at a two-year or four-year
college or university in North Carolina, who
performed undergraduate research or an independent study/creative project and
presented it at the State of North
Carolina Undergraduate Research Symposium, may
submit a manuscript.
Papers cannot exceed 15,000 words and must be approved
by the project’s faculty mentor. The paper, graphics, charts and
data should be included in one Word document for the initial submission.
Professionals in North
Carolina and beyond will review papers received
from all academic disciplines. Some topics are better suited to a
feature story, rather than a traditional research paper. Feature
stories are written in a style similar to what you would see in Scientific
American. Sample feature stories are available on the URJ-NC State University
Note that until funding is available to print formal copies
of an issue, the journal will reside as a PDF file on this website. It
may then be downloaded by the author and others anywhere in the world.
Needed immediately are undergraduate students who are
interested in serving as editors within the discipline. Students who
feel qualified to serve as the editor in chief, the managing editor, or as a
disciplinary editor are encouraged to contact:
Dr. Michael Bassman
Assistant Vice Chancellor & Director
University Honors Program, EC Scholars, & Undergraduate Research
East Carolina University
Brewster D107, Greenville, NC 27858
Papers are due by January 30, 2007
Sponsors of the
Symposium, the new Journal "Exlorations," and Summer
Research Experiences for High School & Community College Students:
Higher education in North Carolina is very pleased to have
received funding from the following foundations, societies, universities,
organizations and companies. Because of them, this event was free to all
in attendance. We thank you for your generous support.
Alliance for Graduate
Education in the Professoriate (AGEP) at NC State University
Burroughs Wellcome Fund (comprehensive support for high
Chemical Industries Institute of Toxicology (CIIT)
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, NC State University (comprehensive support)
Duke University’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute
East Carolina University (comprehensive
support and leadership for the companion journal, “Explorations”)
Footlights, A Destination for Dancers, Raleigh, NC
Graduate School, NC
State University (comprehensive support)
Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science
North Carolina Biotechnology Center Event Grant
North Carolina Board of Science
and Technology (comprehensive support)
North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
(afternoon lunch and programs for high school teachers)
North Carolina Sea Grant (two student summer research grants; high
school and community college awards at CMAST, Morehead City, NC)
North Carolina Space Grant
(comprehensive support for participating Space Grant undergraduate
researchers and mentors)
University Chapter of
Phi Kappa Phi (comprehensive support)
University Chapter of
Procter & Gamble Oral Care Division
Red Hat, Inc. (comprehensive support)
University of North Carolina-Charlotte (comprehensive
University of North Carolina-Greensboro (comprehensive
University of North Carolina-Pembroke (comprehensive
University of North Carolina – General Administration:
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Expansion Program (comprehensive support)
Continuing Sponsors Needed: In order to continue
this educational and economic initiative for North Carolina’s future, and to grow
in student and mentor participation, we need the financial support of donors
from industry, government and education. Please contribute what you can
to this exciting event.
Contact: George_Barthalmus@NCSU.edu or write:
Dr. George T. Barthalmus
Office of Undergraduate Research
Division of Undergraduate Academic Programs
202 Ricks Hall
NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7105
We need your input for planning for future State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research Symposia.
Your comments will help us as we plan for next year's symposium. If you wish
to submit comments about the Symposium after the event, you may do so through
the SNCURCS Evaluation Form page (link will be live after the symposium).
Next year's symposium (2007) will be held at the University
of North Carolina at Greensboro.