Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors

The 26th Annual Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 on the 4th Floor of the Plemmons Student Union. More information about 2023 deadlines and abstract submission dates will be posted by Wednesday, February 8, 2023.

The Office of Student Research is excited to celebrate the 25th Annual Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors and we hope you can attend! The Celebration will take place on the 4th Floor of Plemmons Student Union on Thursday, April  21, 2022 - doors open at 8:30 am. This event showcases the research and creative activities occurring with students on our campus and we encourage all members of the campus community to join us. Morning sessions begin at 9:00 am and run until Noon. 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.  We had over 80 entrants in this competition!  Awards and brief announcements will occur at 12:30 pm.  The 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. 

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.

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

To Apply

The 2023 abstract submission link will open below on Wednesday, February 8.

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 is Friday, March 3, 2023 at 11:59 pm - please note our deadline is earlier than in previous years.

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.

Only completed submissions will be considered for the poster competition. Proposals or those with partial data will not be moved forward in the review process.

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. Oral talks and performances/demonstrations will be presented using PowerPoint presentations or video formats compatible with the IBM computer available in the technology cart in the classroom. If you have questions, 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.