Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors

The 24th Annual Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors will be held virtually on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Both undergraduate and graduate students, along with their Faculty Mentors, are encouraged to submit abstracts of their current or completed work for virtual presentation at our 2021 event.

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.

The event will be using a virtual platform (ForagerOne, https://foragerone.com) for all presentations. 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 three formats available, poster, oral and exhibit/performance/demonstration.

● Posters may include either a pdf or slides with the opportunity to include a short video description (video descriptions are encouraged!).

● Oral presentations include a pre-recorded video (e.g., pre-recorded powerpoint presentation).

● Exhibits, performances or demonstrations may submit up to two videos, one to explain or introduce their performance/exhibit and an additional video for the performance (e.g., art, music, dance).

Important Note: Presentations will not be live, however interaction with others using the comments section are available and encouraged. We will not be hosting the Student Research Poster Competition this year.

Our 23rd Annual Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors was cancelled due to Covid-19; however, the prepared program is linked below:

While we were not able to move forward with the student poster competition held within our event for 2020, we were able to 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.  

Undergraduate Research Mentorship Excellence Award for Faculty 2020 Winners:

Dr. Howard Neufeld, Professor, Department of Biology

Dr. Megen Culpepper, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Fermentation Sciences

The Celebration showcases meaningful research in all disciplines by undergraduates and graduate students at Appalachian. In 2019, 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 is Wednesday, March 17, 2021 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 

There will be NO Student Research Poster Competition for 2021 as our event is virtual. We look forward to our Poster Competition returning in 2022.

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

This year's event is virtual - please disregard the following info for 2021.

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.