Preparing to Submit a Proposal

Proposal Preparation Guide

A decision has been made to submit a proposal.  These guidelines will help submit a successful proposal for acceptance to the 2024 Research and Creative Works Symposium.  

Meet the Submission Deadline

The abstract submissions are currently being accepted thru March 1, 2024.


Add to your calendar the Symposium Date

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Abstract Specifications

The Call for Proposal is requesting a 150-200 word abstract. The abstracts in the proposal must include sufficient information for reviewers to judge the nature and significance of the topic, the adequacy of the investigative strategy, the nature of the results, and the conclusions. The abstract should summarize the substantive results of the work and not merely list topics to be discussed. An abstract is an outline/brief summary of your paper and your whole project. It should have an intro, body and conclusion. It is a well-developed paragraph, should be exact in wording, and must be understandable to a wide audience.Abstracts highlight major points of your research and explain why your work is important; what your purpose was, how you went about your project, what you learned, and what you concluded.  If there are symbols within your abstract, they may not submit properly when submitting your abstract.  If this is a concern for you, please copy the title and abstract portion of your proposal and e-mail in a word file (.doc) to Elizabeth Beasley,

Abstract Writing Assistance

Reach out to the Debby Ellis Writing Center (DEWC) if you need assistance in writing an abstract to submit. DEWC can introduce students to the basic conventions of abstract writing. The Center will look at models from prior Research and Creative Works Symposium and break down the parts of an abstract. You may send your abstract to DEWC if you would like peer feedback on your abstract prior to submission. Please contact Maurice Wilson, Director of the Debby Ellis Writing Center (

Schedule a dewc Appointment

Classroom Visits


Center for Integrative Learning staff are available to visit classes to
share more information about the Research and Creative Works

Depending on the needs of the class, these visits can serve a few
different purposes, including explaining the benefits of participating in
the conference, showing students how to register, inviting students to
attend the conference, and answering any other questions students
might have (classroom visits should last no more than 5 minutes with
                                               Q&A). If you would like for someone to visit your classroom and
                                               share RCWS information please send an email to Elizabeth Beasley,