Westminster College's Undergraduate Conference gives you the opportunity to share your research with the campus community. The conference completes your liberal education program, WCore, recognizing the academic achievement of engaging in high-level research projects with the guidance of program faculty. Students from all academic programs may participate with the approval of a faculty sponsor. Projects do not have to be complete—you can present your work at whatever stage it is in at the time of the conference.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2021 Undergraduate Conference will only accept prerecorded presentations. Students can submit video, audio, and photographs. Videos must be in one of the following formats: .MOV, .MPEG4, .MP4, .AVI, .WMV, .MPEGPS, .FLV, 3GPP, WebM, DNxHR, ProRes, CineForm, or HEVC (h265). An easy way to make videos is by using Canvas Studio, which you can access by logging into Canvas. You can also create screencasts if you would like to narrate a PowerPoint or other slide presentation.
Presentations can be based on substantive in-class papers, scientific research, thesis work, independent study projects, dance performance, theater performance, vocal performances, short films, photographs, paintings, collages, community service activities, and more. Students are advised to contact their faculty mentors (or email Dr. Eileen S. Chanza Torres at email@example.com) for more information about presentations.
2021 Accepted Presentation Formats
Each paper presenter will have 10–15 minutes for their presentation. The Chronicle of Higher Education has some helpful advice for preparing to present a paper at a conference. Apply this advice to the pre-recorded presentation format.
Students may get together as a panel and submit a series of papers (3 is the ideal number) on a common topic. For example, 3 students might have 3 different approaches to Shakespeare, so a panel titled "Interdisciplinary Approaches to Shakespeare" might be appropriate. Each panelist will pre-record a 10–15 min presentation.
A poster is usually a collection of a brief narrative paper supplemented with tables, graphs, pictures, and other media or data. Poster presentations should consist of a 10–15 minute video presentation that explains the tables, graphs, pictures, and other media or data that make up your research and help synthesize your main ideas. Create a PowerPoint slide of your poster.
Poster Design Tips
You may use any poster template. There are free PowerPoint templates available online and in PowerPoint.
Just make sure to select a template that is the appropriate size. If you would like to design a poster that uses Westminster College branding, you can find information about the college colors, fonts, and logo in the branding guide.
Students may upload a recording (music, podcast, reading of fictional work, oral performance). This can be a group project or a single authored work. Audio length varies depending on the genre.
Students may upload short films and any other pre-recorded performances (dance, theater, and visual art work). Video length varies depending on the genre
Students may upload a photograph of their still visual work (single piece or selection of pieces). Submissions should include:
- Artist’s statement (250–500 words)
- Title of the work
- Medium of the work
- Size of the work
Abstract Submission Form
Abstract Submission Deadline: April 1