Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors

The Office of Student Research is pleased to announce our 27th Annual Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors meeting will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2024 in the Plemmons Student Union. 

We hope you can present and attend! The Celebration will take place on the 4th Floor of Plemmons Student Union with doors opening at 8:30 AM. This event showcases the research and creative activities occurring with students on our campus. We encourage all members of the campus community to join us.

Morning sessions begin at 9:00 AM and run until 12:00 PM. This includes the Student Poster Competition event where the top 10 Undergraduate and Graduate students will present their abstract in front of a panel of Faculty Judges. Awards and brief announcements will occur at 12:45 PM.  Afternoon sessions will resume at 1:00 PM and end by 4:00 PM. Students will be presenting posters and platform talks throughout the day (see full program posted below).

Annual Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors Past Programs linked below:

The Celebration showcases meaningful research in all disciplines by undergraduates and graduate students at Appalachian. 

Abstracts should follow the appropriate guidelines set in your discipline. All abstracts should be well-written and well-organized. Additionally, they must be supported by at least one Faculty Mentor. Students can only submit ONE abstract as the Lead Author. No late submissions will be accepted. Please proof your abstract for grammatical errors, correct spelling of names, title, and academic departments as OSR cannot edit or make changes to an abstract once it is submitted.

We encourage students to submit from all disciplines. In addition, we will accept students who are in the proposal stage and have not yet collected any data (although these projects are not eligible for our poster competition).

There will be two presentation formats available, poster and oral/performance/demonstration.

To Apply

Submit the Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors Abstract Submission Form. Due to extreme scheduling constraints, students can only submit one abstract per year as lead author and we cannot accept any late submissions. The deadline for submissions was Monday, March 4, 2024 at 11:59 pm. 

NOTE: Please make sure to diligently proof your entries on this form for grammatical errors, correct spelling of names, title, and academic departments for students and faculty. All data related to the Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors is compiled electronically, directly from your abstract submission. We cannot edit or make any changes to an abstract once it has been submitted.

Student Research Poster Competition 

Students participating in the poster competition will have their abstract reviewed, with the top 20 abstracts (UG and GR) selected to present their work as a poster presentation.  Awards will be given to the top three posters in both the undergraduate and graduate divisions.  For competition eligibility, submitted abstracts should reflect significant student contributions to the project covering aspects such as research question, design, procedures, analysis, and interpretation.  Only lead authors are eligible for the competition, and faculty reviewers from various disciplines across campus will review the abstracts.      

The abstract review process considers Background/Rationale, Methods or approach to the question, Findings or Concluding statements, and Scholarly impact requiring a completed project or activity with results or a final outcome.    

The top 10 posters in each division (graduate and undergraduate) will present their posters in a morning session at the Celebration.  Eligible participants must be available for a brief 3-5 minute presentation of their poster on the morning of the Annual Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors. Presentations will be evaluated based on the overall understanding of the project, the ability to answer questions on the project, level of leadership /involvement in the project, and poster appearance.  

Awards will be presented at the beginning of the afternoon session.

Exhibiting Your Work

For platform talks or performances

You will have 15 minutes for talks and 5 minutes for questions. Oral talks and performances/demonstrations will be presented using PowerPoint presentations or video formats compatible with the technology cart/computer podim in the assigned room. If you have questions, please email us at osr@appstate.edu.

For poster presentations

Boards (4 ft x 4 ft), easels and pushpins will be provided for your use. If possible, please limit your poster display to 4 ft (wide) X 4 ft (high). If you will need more space, please email us at osr@appstate.edu to be certain that we can accommodate your request.

Some Good Advice

Advice about writing an abstract or description, including information about how to obtain feedback on a draft of your abstract is available from the University Writing Center.