Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors

We are saddened to announce the cancellation of our Annual Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors scheduled for April 16, 2020.  We are grateful to all of the students and Faculty Mentors that worked hard on projects and submitted abstracts to our event.  To celebrate the success of these projects we will still be putting together a program that can be viewed on the Office of Student Research website.  Students and faculty will be able to link to the program.  This event is always a highlight of our spring and this year was to be no exception as we had 240 abstracts submitted this year - a new record!!  Additionally, while we will not be moving forward on the student poster competition held within our event we will still award the Undergraduate Research Mentorship Excellence Award for Faculty (https://osr.appstate.edu/awards).  So again, we thank all of the students and faculty for engaging in research and creative activities.  If you have any questions please let us know (osr@appstate.edu).   

Our 24th Annual Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors will be held on Thursday, April 15, 2021.

The Celebration showcases meaningful research in all disciplines by undergraduates and graduate students at Appalachian. Last year, 172 students representing over 20 departments presented their results in either a performance, platform talk, or poster.

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 Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 11:59 pm. Please note that this is before spring break and earlier than in previous years. Pay close attention to the character count for each field - if you do not receive an immediate email confirmation then your submission was not received.

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 entering into the poster competition will have their abstract reviewed and the top 10 posters selected will be asked to present their poster. The top three posters in the undergraduate and graduate division will receive awards. Abstracts submitted for this competition should be those in which the student contributed a significant portion to the project (research question, design, procedures, analysis, and interpretation). Only the lead author will be eligible for the competition. Faculty reviewers are taken from various disciplines across campus.

Abstracts will be reviewed based upon the following:

  • Background/Rationale
  • Methods or approach to the question
  • Findings or Concluding statements
  • Scholarly impact

To be eligible you must be available and willing to make a brief 3-5 minute presentation of your poster to the Faculty review committee on the morning of the Annual Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors. The top 10 posters in each division (graduate and undergraduate) will be asked to make presentations.

Presentations will be reviewed based upon the following:

  • Overall understanding of the project
  • Ability to answer questions on the project
  • Level of leadership /involvement in the project
  • Poster appearance

Awards will be presented at the start of the afternoon poster session.

Exhibiting Your Work

For platform talks or performances

You will have 15 minutes for talks and 5 minutes for questions. You will have at your disposal an IBM compatible computer for PowerPoint Presentations, and an overhead projector. If you have additional needs, please email us at osr@appstate.edu.

For poster presentations

Boards, 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.