How to Apply

Proposal Preparation Guide

Students are invited to present some aspect of their scholarly and creative work at the symposium through oral presentations, poster displays, exhibitions, panels, or performances.

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 should be no more than 200 words. 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.

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 (

Virtual Classroom Visits

Center for Integrative Learning staff are available to virtually visit classes to share more information about the conference and the event app it will be using. 

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,

If there are symbols within your abstract, they may not submit properly through the system. If this is a concern for you, please submit your proposal and also submit your abstract title and text through e-mail in a word document to Elizabeth Beasley,