24th Annual Research Conference, 2019

The University of North Georgia's 24th Annual Research Conference will take place March 22, 2019. This year, all five campuses will convene on the UNG Convocation Center on Dahlonega campus for a showcase of student research from around 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Transportation will be provided for students who require it.

ARC invites student research presentations, posters, and creative activities from across the disciplines. Specific guidelines for each type of presentation are listed below. We are looking for interesting, innovative, and thought-provoking research and creative projects.

This year we will showcase student artwork in an art gallery session that will occur before and alongside the poster session. During these times we will have musical performances by students who submit musical performances without an oral presentation.

We also welcome panel proposals, where students suggest an entire panel of linked presentations. Students should submit individual abstracts and add a note in the “Note to Conference Administrators” to let us know they are a panel. We also accept presentations on proposed work (theoretical research yet to be completed).

All proposals will be reviewed by a cross-disciplinary panel of judges.

The deadline to submit an abstract proposal of up to 250 words is February 22, 2019. You may submit your proposal by clicking on the “Submit Proposal” link in the left-hand sidebar.

Oral, Performance and Visual Arts Presentations
Students may submit in the following categories

  • Oral Presentation- Research projects presented in a 10-15 minutes presentation format
  • Musical Performance- Musical presentations that are no more than 10-15 minutes long including time for questions from the audience (can include an oral presentation)
  • Visual Presentation- Artwork and Visual Presentations hosted in a gallery and/or during the poster session (can include an oral presentation)
  • Poster- Projects and creative activities presented during an hour-long poster session

Best Presentation Prize for completed essays/posters
This year, awards will be given on the basis of a student’s submitted abstract and essay/poster. Students who would like to be considered in the awards section of the conference should also upload their complete presentation essay and/or poster under the "Additional Files" tab by Friday, March 1, 2019.

Additional smaller prizes will be awarded as well. The awards ceremony will take place at 12 noon in the UNG Convocation Center. The keynote speaker will begin immediately after. Please contact the CURCA office upon submission of your abstract if you require transportation between campuses for the event.

Oral Research Projects and Presentations
Research projects submitted as oral presentations should be no longer than 10-15 minutes (technology will be available for PowerPoints and prezis). Research presentations should include relevant background information, a method and results section (if applicable) and a discussion section. Abstracts should include information regarding how the research is significant for the field and address the conclusions drawn from your project (or expected to be drawn if your work is still in progress).

Posters
Students presenting in poster sessions should plan to have their poster in place at least 30 minutes prior to the poster session beginning. A more specific timeline of will be available once the final schedule is released. Posters should be no bigger than 36” X 48”.

Creative Presentations with or without oral presentation
Musical/performance: Musical performances submissions should be accompanied by a one-page statement.

This statement should include whether or not an oral presentation will be given, the title, composer, arranger, and information about the historical significance of the work(s). If it is an arrangement, please state why the arrangement was created and why specific musical decisions were made.

Musical Performances submissions without an oral presentation will be scheduled to perform during the poster session. Musical Performances with an oral presentation (5-7 minute talk) will be scheduled with the other oral presentations.

Visual arts: Exhibitions of visual artworks submissions (drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramic, photography, graphic design, new media, performance, video) should be accompanied by a one-page statement.

The artist statement should include whether or not an oral presentation will be given, describe your media and process, subject matter and thematic content, as well as the artistic genres and interdisciplinary research that informs the artwork.

Visual Arts submissions without an oral presentation will be scheduled to perform during the morning Art Gallery or poster session. Visual Arts submissions with an oral presentation (5-10 minute talk) will be scheduled with the other oral presentations.

Required documentation for Arts and Musical Submissions
Visual Arts presentations must upload a digital file demonstrating their proposed work. Musical performances must include a 4-6 minute audio or video recording of the performance of the individual or group. This can be a recording of a rehearsal or performance to demonstrate the group’s ability. Submissions can include one or multiple works. Performances will be limited to 8-10 minutes. Please include your logistical needs (chairs, stands, microphone, etc.).

CURCA will hold 4 workshops for students to help them prepare for the conference, video-conferenced as follows:

Tuesday, January 29th 11:00-12:00: Creating an ARC Proposal
Dahlonega: Stewart 260
Cumming: Room 262
Gainesville: Nesbitt 2214
Oconee: Administration 108

Wednesday, February 6th, 12:00-1:00: Creating an ARC Proposal
Dahlonega: Stewart 260
Cumming: Room 246
Gainesville: Nesbitt 2214
Oconee: Administration 108

Tuesday, February 26th 11:00-12:00: How to Present at ARC
Dahlonega: Stewart 260
Cumming: Room 262
Gainesville: Nesbitt 2214
Oconee: Administration 108

Wednesday, March 6th, 12:00-1:00: How to Present at ARC
Dahlonega: Stewart 260
Cumming: Room 246
Gainesville: Nesbitt 2214
Oconee: Administration 108

Thanks in advance for promoting undergraduate research, Travel Grants, and the Annual Research Conference. If you have any questions at all, please contact CURCA or Bryan Dawson.

Also, please see UNG Annual Research Conference page for more information regarding the conference. The final schedule of events will also update here.

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