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Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium

On Thursday, April 9, 2015, the Office for Undergraduate Research will host the OUR Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium. The event will be held in the Marshall Student Center (Ballroom and conference rooms) and will provide a venue for undergraduate students in all disciplines to present their current research and receive feedback from research mentors and peers.

Key Dates:

Presenter Application Available Fri. Dec. 12, 2014
Presenter Application Deadline Sun.. March 1, 2015
Mentor Approval Form Deadline Sun. March 1, 2015
Notification of Acceptance Mon. March 9, 2015
Research and Arts Colloquium Thurs. April 9, 2015


To participate in the colloquium you must:

  • have a research mentor
  • be an undergraduate student enrolled in coursework during the 2014-15 academic year
    (Students who graduated in Fall 2014 are eligible to present)
  • be an undergraduate student in good academic standing
  • *Students participating as student researchers in a CREATTE course are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • USF students in all disciplines who are involved in research are encouraged to participate in the colloquium. Students may participate individually or as part of a group and will present their research in one of the formats listed below:

    • Poster
    • Oral
    • Studio/Visual Arts Presentation (including painting,photography, drawing, etc.)

    Format Details

    Poster Presentations:

    Poster presentations must not exceed 4’ (height) by 6’ (width). Display materials such as pushpins will be supplied by the OUR.

    Oral Presentations:

    Due to space limitations, the number of oral abstracts accepted for presentation will be limited. Oral presentations will run no more than 15 minutes in duration including questions.

    Performing Arts Presentation

    If you are presenting a theater, dance, or music research performance project you will be assigned to an ORAL presentation. Please select ORAL Presentation on the Colloquium Application form.

    Studio/Visual Arts Presentations

    If you are presenting a research-based studio/visual arts project you may select from TWO presentation formats:

    1. Oral Presentation: Oral presentations will run no more than 15 minutes in duration including questions.
    2. Studio/Visual Arts Presentation: You will display your art piece (i.e., painting, photograph(s), drawings, etc.) along with a supplementary research poster (poster must not exceed 4’ (height) by 6’ (width)).


    Instructions Regarding Group Project Submissions

    Select ONE group member to submit ONE application on behalf of the group. Upload completed and scanned Mentor Approval forms for each group member to the online application.

    • EX: If there are a total of 4 students in a group then the application must include 4 Mentor Approval forms.
  • Please read the following important information PRIOR TO submitting an application
  • Before you begin the application, make certain that you have the following items available:

    1. Completed and signed scanned copy of the Mentor Approval Form (a signed, scanned copy of this form must be uploaded to the application)
    2. Abstract


    ****NOTE:  Studio/Visual Arts and Performing Arts presenters must submit the Arts Supplementary Application in addition to this application.

    Required application materials:

      • Poster/Oral Presentations:
        • Online Colloquium Application Form (APPLY NOW BUTTON below) which includes the following components:
        • Abstract (no longer than 250 words and uploaded to the application)
        • Mentor Approval Form
      • Studio/Visual Arts and Performing Arts Presentations: A complete application package must include the items listed below.
      • Arts Submissions: After your application is submitted, you will be contacted by the OUR with a request to submit supplementary materials, which may include:
        • an audio or video recording of the performance (audio recording should be in MP4 or QuickTime format and must be submitted to LIB 210),
        • a link to the video of the performance/video piece
        • a full musical score or script
        • an artist’s statement (please include the dimensions and title of each work in this document)
        • images (must be sized at 300dpi and in jpeg format, maximum 3)

    Information Regarding Abstracts

    Abstracts must be no longer than 250 words and submitted as part of the online application
    A primary component of your application packet is the Abstract. It is highly recommended that you take sufficient time to prepare and thoroughly review your Abstract with your research mentor before submitting your final application packet.

    Your Abstract MUST contain the following components:

    1. Background
    2. Thesis Statement/Research Question/Hypothesis/Goal/Aim
    3. Methods/Approaches/Materials
    4. Results/Findings/Expectations/Argument (statements such as will be determined or in progress are unacceptable)
    5. Conclusions/Implications/Future Research

    Please review the Abstract Rubric Worksheet for additional information regarding the components outlined above.

    If you need help preparing your abstract, or improving any aspect of your presentation,you should attend an OUR Colloquium Preparation Workshop »
    View Abstract Examples Here »

    Application Review

    All applications will be reviewed by the 2015 OUR Colloquium committee. Students selected to participate will receive final notification by March 9, 2015.

    Note: Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed.

    2015 Colloquium Sponsor: ResearchOne

    Research One logo
    ResearchOne is a celebration of research-related activities and events that showcase the work of our researchers throughout the USF System. From its beginnings as a single week of events in the Fall of 2008, ResearchOne has expanded to promote USF research-related events and activities year-round, on all USF campuses.

    Library Research Award

    The Library grants up to a $500.00 award to the undergraduate who best demonstrates use of library materials for their research project.

    Excellence in Research Awards

    The OUR will award approximately $6,000 in total Research in Excellence Awards during the 2015 Colloquium. Research in Excellence Awards are based on nominations from Colloquium facilitators who evaluate the quality of the presentation and research. During the 2014 colloquium, 24 students received $250 Research in Excellence Awards across multiple disciplines.

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