Undergraduate Research Symposium

We are excited you are interested in participating in the 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium to be held Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

Below you will find some general information about the submission process. Please read carefully and contact us at honorsprogram@durhamtech.edu with any questions.

What do we accept?

We use the term research in a broad sense. If you are proud of a research paper you’ve written; completed research work as part of your clinicals, internship, or service-learning work; or have done a research-oriented club project, consider submitting it for the symposium.

We accept completed papers as well as abstracts for poster presentations. Individual and group presentations are welcome. Submissions are not limited to current semester projects. All Durham Tech students, regardless of program, are welcome to submit work completed during their time at Durham Tech.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 23, 2018.

How do you submit work?

To submit your work, attach your paper/abstract in an email to honorsprogram@durhamtech.edu. In the body of your message, include the following information:

  1. Presenter(s) name(s)
  2. Email address of lead presenter
  3. Type of submission: Paper or Poster abstract
  4. For which course or Durham Tech activity was this project done?
  5. Who was the instructor or faculty/staff person connected with this project?

For Paper submissions:

  • Attach the final paper in your email.
  • Papers can be of any length. However, the presentation of your research should be approximately 15 minutes with additional time to answer audience questions.
  • Visual and engaging presentations are encouraged. You should plan to tell about your research paper, your process and conclusions, not just read your paper out loud to the audience.

For Poster abstract submissions:

  • Attach an abstract that details your research project: the rationale, methods, and hypothesis. If data and results are available, you may include a summary of that information.
  • You may submit an abstract for work previously completed or still in progress. However, the research would need to be concluded before the Symposium.
  • Posters must be in a professional style. Handwritten posters are unacceptable.

Further details on expectations and guidance for creating effective paper and poster presentations will be available before the Symposium.

When are students notified?

All submissions will be reviewed and students will be notified of their acceptance into the Symposium by the end of March.

Dana Cea presenting research on Hearing Loss

What happens at the Symposium?

Paper presentations will be grouped according to common themes into 60-minute panel sessions. Each student will have 15-20 minutes to present their research paper and take questions from the audience.

Poster presentations will be held during one 60-minute session. Each presenter will set up his/her poster and discuss the research with attendees as they browse the presentations.


Any questions can be directed to Shannon Hahn or Marina DelVecchio at honorsprogram@durhamtech.edu.