Research Symposium

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  • Capital University celebrated its annual Honor's Day with a symposium for undergraduate students that highlighted their original research projects and showcased their scholarship activities.

    The 19th annual Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship was held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The symposium featured presentations from students in all majors. Students nominated for the James L. and E. Marlene Bruning Undergraduate Research Award were evaluated by the selection committee prior to the Symposium.

    Capital University is an institutional member of the Council on Undergraduate Research.

    Download the April 2015 Program Guide

    Symposium Abstracts 

    Not sure how to write an abstract?  Check out the abstracts from previous years. 

    Archive of Bruning Award Winners  

    Archive of Boyd Fund Recipients  

    Capital University Undergraduate Summer Scholars 

    Submitting Your Research

    Capital's Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship is a great way to let your friends and family members (and potential employers and graduate programs) know about the work that you have done. 

    The deadline for submissions to the 2015 Symposium is 5 pm on March 6, 2014.

    Before you submit your abstract to the symposium online, be sure that you have all of the information that you will need.

    1. Abstract Title 
    2. Name of the First Author 
    3. Email of the First Author 
    4. Phone Number of the First Author 
    5. Names of Additional Authors (if any) 
    6. T-Shirt Sizes of All Authors 
    7. Name of Your Faculty Mentor 
    8. Department of Your Faculty Mentor 
    9. Email of Your Faculty Mentor 
    10. Abstract (100-200 words, written in PRESENT or PAST TENSE), which includes:
      1. Introductory Statement (background info connecting your work to literature on your topic) 
      2. Purpose (what you were attempting to do) 
      3. Methodological Approach (how you conducted your project) 
      4. Findings (what you learned) 
      5. Contribution to Your Discipline (why your work is important)  
    11. Equipment needs (if any) 
    12. Statement about what you gained from doing your project.  

    Directions for Symposium Poster Preparation - Spring 2015

    All poster presentations will take place in the Field House of the Capital Center between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. You are expected to stand next to your poster during this time to discuss your project with attendees. See attached document for complete presentation listing.
    We have included some suggestions to prepare for your poster presentation.
    • Discuss your poster with your faculty mentor. 
    • Please inform any coauthors who also will be presenting this work. 
    • Print your poster by April 10th. You may either make your own poster or print your poster on the large printer in the Information Technology Center on the lower level of Blackmore Library (see details below). 
    • If you are going to give handouts, have them printed and ready (20 double-sided is sufficient). 
    On April 15th between 8:30 and 9:45 a.m., bring your poster to the Field House of the Capital Center.
    Members of the planning committee will assist you in displaying your poster.
    If your research project was conducted as part of a Research Methods course and was not submitted to and approved by the IRB, you must include the following statement on your poster: 
    “This work was conducted as part of a Research Methods class and it is not designed to contribute to generalizable knowledge.”

    Poster details:
    Maximum dimensions for your poster should be 48 inches wide by 36 inches tall (you will need to use landscape format). Poster board, easel and clips will be provided. 
    To enhance readability of your poster, use at least a 48-point font for your title and author credits and at least a 24-point font for the text.
    IT will send an email to poster presenters with information about printing your poster. IT will set up and enroll you in an on-line iLearn course with examples and detailed procedures for how to print your poster. Please be sure to follow the poster printing guidelines carefully to avoid problems and delays in printing.

    » Submit your abstract online.

    Questions? Contact Symposium Planning Committee Chairs, Dr. Olga Shonia ( and Dr. Stephanie Saunders (