Research & Creative Works Symposium
This conference celebrates students’ devotion to technological & aesthetic innovation, original research in many fields, & community-engaged learning.
Thursday, April 22, 2021
One of Southwestern’s most exhilarating events is the annual Research and Creative Works Symposium (RCWS). Inaugurated in 2000, the symposium showcases undergraduate research, innovation, and imagination, with students presenting posters, talks, art exhibits, performances, and panel discussions. Each presenter develops critical-thinking, communication, leadership, and project management skills while preparing for the RCWS. Hosted across campus during a daylong celebration, the symposium’s grand display of various intellectual interests, expertise, and in- and out-of-classroom experiences encapsulates the spirit of a liberal-arts education.
Individuals can submit presentation proposals for:
- Poster Presentations provide an opportunity to display your research. They often combine visual and textual content, such as tables, graphs, images, and citations.
- Experiential Learning Posters provide an opportunity to share visual and textual content and reflections on community-engaged learning (CEL), internships, or study abroad.
- Oral Presentations allow students to share their research via pre-recorded or live presentations on April 22nd.
- Creative Works and Exhibitions showcase all forms of visual art, including original painting, sculpture, photography, prints, textile arts, drawings, pottery, metal, etc.
- Performances showcase live performances of all types including literary readings, theatre, music, or dance.
- Panels include a group of 3-5 individuals (including a moderator) who will discuss a given topic and will be allocated 50 minutes.
In addition to the presentation type, proposals need to include the following:
- Presentation title
- Presentation abstract (150-200 words)
- Presenter(s) major & contact information
- Faculty/staff sponsor name & department
Every student at Southwestern University engages in research and creative projects, whether it’s writing a literature review for a final sociology essay or designing a theatrical performance for a capstone course. But undergraduate research goes well beyond the classroom…