Fourth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

2017 Symposium

2017 Media Day

2017 Paper Call

2017 Project Call

2017 Creative Call

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Wiley College Division of Social Sciences & Humanities

Fourth Annual Undergraduate Student Research Symposium

Symposium research theme: Social Science & Humanities Research: Technology through the Digital Era 

Wiley College, April 6, 2017
9:00 to 4:30pm
Hodge Center Auditorium

Keynote Speaker: Gail K. Beil
Multimedia Panel Judge: Jack Canson

Full Program
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The Wiley College Division of Social Sciences & Humanities invites students to conduct research that involves useful incorporation of technology in any discipline for submission to the Fourth Annual Undergraduate Student Research Symposium. Technologies can be older or established, but students are encouraged to explore their application in the new millennium. Students should interpret the Symposium theme broadly, as historical or contemporary topics are encouraged, particularly those that address race, class, and gender, or other diverse perspectives. All approaches, topics, and disciplines that relate to the Symposium theme are welcome to apply!
Possible paper topics

Feb 15th

To be considered, those submitting abstracts by Feb 15th must have the following:

  • An abstract not to exceed 150 words, describing your proposed research.

  • A letter from a faculty member, an endorsement that must indicate they have agreed to be your faculty mentor and collaborate with you (the student) towards completion of the research project in a timely fashion. 

March 1st

Only completed papers completed by March 1st will be considered for prize awards.

  • In the event your paper is not completed by March 1st, submit a writing sample (500 words min.) that provides evidence of progress towards completion. Keep working in preparation to present on April 6th; if not; notify the committee if withdrawing.

  • Authors are strongly urged to observe the preferred length of 1,000 to 5,000 words. No manuscript (including tables, graphs, figures and citations) should exceed 20 pages. Submitted manuscripts must adhere to appropriate style manual, including APA 6th edition, MLA Style 7th edition, Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, etc. Consult your faculty mentor if you need assistance with style guidelines.

  • Completed papers must be reviewed by a faculty member within the discipline before submission. Paper submissions must be prepared for blind review; Do NOT include any identifying marks in the document you attach for submission. 

The Research Symposium will be held on April 6, 2017. Papers must be presented at the symposium by the author and/or co-author. All paper presenters MUST pre-register.

  • All submissions must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a faculty sponsor.
  • Authors are strongly encouraged to follow the paper rubric guidelines found here. Please do NOT include a title page on your manuscript.
  • Be sure to Include authors' names, academic institutions, phone numbers and e-mail addresses ONLY in the body portion of the email submission. 
  • To be considered for inclusion in the Symposium program, papers should be submitted by March 1, 2017.

If you are ready to submit either your completed paper or your abstract, along with a Letter of Recommendation from a faculty sponsor, you can attach both documents to the following email: [email protected].

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Mass Media Presentation Session

Undergraduate students are invited to submit multimedia projects on the Symposium theme within any discipline in the humanities, including: journalism and mass communications, sociology, religion, English literature, history, philosophy, psychology, art, and linguistics.  All forms of media and all mediums are accepted (audio, website, video, etc.).  Please be advised that the college can only accommodate basic video/audio formats. 

  • Submissions must be reviewed and coached by a faculty member within the relevant discipline.
  • Creators and authors are strongly encouraged to follow the multimedia rubric guidelines found here.
  • Projects will be presented during Wiley College Global Mass Media week at the Four Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium to be held on April 6, 2017. Papers must be presented at the symposium by the author and/or co-author. All paper presenters MUST pre-register.
  • All submissions must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a faculty sponsor.
  • Authors' names, academic institutions, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses will be entered into our online system.
  • Authors are strongly urged to observe the preferred length of 15 minutes.
  • To be considered for inclusion in the Symposium program, multimedia projects should be submitted by March 1, 2017

If you are ready to submit your multimedia project, along with with a letter of recommendation from a faculty sponsor, 
you can attach both documents to the following email: 
[email protected].

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Creative Work(s) Panel Session

Undergraduate students are invited to submit non-fiction, narrative fiction, dramatic scenes, and poetry for its new 2017 creative panel session. All work is welcome, but preference will be given to creative work that engages with some aspect of the conference theme. Submissions may fall into one of the categories outlined below, or some hybrid of more than one category.  

  1. Creative Non-Fiction: personal essays, memoirs, experimental essays, journalistic writing, and criticism related to the conference theme.
  2. Narrative Fiction: short stories, preferably related to the conference theme.
  3. Dramatic scene: brief, one-act scenes from dramas and/or screenplays; must be performable without sets in stipulated time-frame.
  4. Poetry: can be free or formal verse, prose-poetry, or poetry intended for spoken-word performance; in all cases, however, the full text must be submitted prior to the conference date.
  • Your submission should be accompanied by a letter of reference from a faculty member and a short introduction of your work that explains how it fits into the literary tradition you have chosen, and (if applicable) its relationship to the conference theme.
  • Full text (as an attached .docx, .doc., or .pdf file) of your completed submission is due by March 1, 2017. Creators and Authors are strongly encouraged to follow the paper rubric guidelines found here.
  • All work will be reviewed by blind committee and will be eligible for a prize. Please remove all personally identifying information from the text of your submission. Instead, include your name and contact information in the body of your email. Specify in the both subject and body of your email that it is for consideration to the Creative Works Panel session(s).
  • Creative work will be presented during Wiley College Global Mass Media week at the Four Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium to be held on April 6, 2017. At least one creator must be present for each submitted work, such presenters MUST pre-register.
  • All submissions must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a faculty sponsor.
  • Authors' names, academic institutions, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses will be entered into our online system.

If you are ready to submit your creative work, along with with a letter of recommendation from a faculty sponsor, 
you can attach both documents to the following email: 
[email protected].


For additional questions, please contact,

Dr. Jeffrey B. Hedrick
Lead Professor of Mass Communications
903-923-1657 (0ffice)
Wiley College
[email protected]