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  • Inspiring Inquiry & Discovery Across All Disciplines.
  • Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium

    On Thursday, April 6, 2017, 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. 9, 2016
    Presenter Application Deadline Mon. March 6, 2017
    Notification of Acceptance Fri. March 17, 2017
    Research and Arts Colloquium Thurs. April 6, 2017
    Colloquium Prep Workshops Scheduled in Feb., March 2017

    Student Applications

    1. Eligibility

    To participate in the colloquium you must:

    • have a research mentor
    • be an undergraduate student enrolled in coursework during the 2016-17 academic year
      (Students who graduated in Fall 2016 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.)

    2. 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)).


    3. 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 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.

    4. 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)

    5. 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 »

    Application Review

    Students selected to participate will receive final notification by March 17, 2017.

    Note: Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed.

    Excellence in Research Awards

    The OUR will award approximately $6,000 in total Research in Excellence Awards during the 2017 Colloquium. Research in Excellence Awards are based on nominations from Colloquium facilitators who evaluate the quality of the presentation and research. During the 2016 colloquium, more than 30 student researchers across multiple disciplines received a $250 Research in Excellence Award.

    2017 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.

    Colloquium Awards

    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 Undergraduate Research Award

    All participating students are eligible to be nominated for an Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award. It is anticipated that over $7,500 in awards will be presented to at least 30 students across all disciplines.

    For Facilitators

    Do you have a passion for student success? Serve as a Colloquium Facilitator!
    The OUR is currently accepting applications from USF  faculty, staff, graduate students, postdocs and alumni who want to serve as  Facilitators during the  2017 Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium. The Colloquium will be held on Thursday April 6, 2017 in the USF Marshall Student Center and will be part of the USF week celebration. Colloquium Facilitators will engage with student presenters ( between 6-8) and complete a short feedback rubric.  The primary role of facilitators is to provide support and useful feedback to  student presenters (This is NOT a judging role). Facilitators do not need to be content experts, however, they must possess a high level of enthusiasm and strong interest in undergraduate research.   The OUR will  provide guidelines regarding “best practices”.

    Expectations of the Facilitators

    On the Day of the Colloquium facilitators will:

    • Provide positive feedback to up to 8 student presenters during a 90-minute session (Facilitators may participate in more than one session).
    • Enthusiastically engage student presenters in formative discussions about their research.
    • Provide feedback regarding student presentation style and communication skills.
    • Complete a short feedback rubric for each student researcher.


    Ready to sign up? Please complete this online form.

    Take Your Class Initiative

    The “Take Your Class to the Colloquium” initiative fosters greater student awareness of, and excitement about, undergraduate research opportunities at USF. Faculty may register one or more of their courses to attend oral or poster presentations. Participation is open to any undergraduate course. General education courses and courses targeting first- and second-year undergraduates are strongly encouraged to participate.

    The deadline for class registration is April 2, 2017

    Which Classes Should Register?

    Participation is open to any undergraduate course. General education courses and courses targeting first- and second-year undergraduates are strongly encouraged to participate.

    Expectations of the Faculty

    To register a class for this initiative:

    What the OUR Will Provide

    On the Day of the Colloquium the OUR will:

    • Check in your students and track attendance
    • Provide each student with a copy of the Engagement Questionnaire
    • Provide instructions for completing the questionnaire and interacting with at least 2 student presenters.
    • Collect completed questionnaires

    After the Colloquium the OUR will:

    • Send you a list of attendees and a scanned copy of the completed questionnaire for each student who participated.
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