Office of Student Research
2023 Student Research Conference
Truman’s 2023 Student Research Conference will be held as a hybrid conference on Thursday, April 27. Face-to-face oral, poster, performance art, studio art, and asynchronous virtual presentations will be facilitated. Undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines are invited to present their scholarly or creative work.
Questions about the Student Research Conference should be directed to the Office of Student Research via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the recent technology issues on campus, presentations have been made optional for students. Because of this, the presentation schedule may differ from what is listed on the online schedule. If you are interested in viewing specific presentations, then it is recommended to stay within that room as presentations may occur at a different time from what is posted.
Students giving oral presentations should bring their presentation on a flash drive.
Plenary Speaker- Dr. Thomas L. Hogan
Getting Started on a Career in Research
April 27, 12:00-1:00 pm
Magruder Hall 2001
Thomas L. Hogan, is senior research faculty member at the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER). He was formerly the chief economist for the U.S. Senate Banking Committee. He has also worked at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, Troy University, West Texas A&M University, the Cato Institute, the World Bank, Merrill Lynch’s commodity trading group, and for investment firms in the U.S. and Europe. Dr. Hogan’s research has been published in academic journals such as the Journal of Macroeconomics and the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking. He has appeared on programs such as BBC World News, Stossel TV, and Bloomberg Radio and his op-ed and letters to the editor have been published in outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, American Banker, and National Review.
Dr. Thomas Hogan will talk with students about his personal experience in academic research, public policy, and the private sector. He will discuss some tips and ways to think about whether or not to attend graduate school and how to choose the right one. What should students think about in choosing an undergraduate, Master’s, or Ph.D. research topic? What can researchers do to make their work interesting and useful to others? How can you, as a student or scholar, help change the world?
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this presentation are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Student Research, OSR Steering Committee, or Truman State University.
Information for Conference Attendees
UPDATE- Due to the recent technology issues on campus, presentations have been made optional for students. Because of this, the presentation schedule may differ from what is listed on the online schedule. If you are interested in viewing specific presentations, then it is recommended to stay within that room as presentations may occur at a different time from what is posted.
Face-to-face oral presentations will be held in the Student Union Building and Magruder Hall on April 27. A list of presentations that are scheduled for each session can be found in the conference schedule.
The asynchronous virtual presentations and discussions will be hosted through Flip. To access Flip, use this link. A list of presentations that are scheduled for each topic can be found at the conference schedule.
Virtual presentations will be made available before the conference on April 27 and will remain visible through the end of the Spring 2023 semester. Once student presentations are available, you can watch a video by clicking on the presentation. Questions and comments can be left beside each video. Please comment on the presentations you watch with questions, comments, or words of encouragement.
Information for Student Presenters
UPDATE- Due to the recent technology issues on campus, presentations are now optional for students.
Oral presentations will be held in the Student Union Building and Magruder Hall on April 27. To find your scheduled presentation time and location, find your abstract here (you can find your abstract by scrolling down to ‘TOTAL’, selecting ‘Authors’, and then searching for your last name). Each presentation is scheduled within a session, which can be found here. You should arrive at your scheduled session 15 minutes before the session begins to upload your presentation (i.e. 15 minutes before the first presentation within your session). You should stay for the entire session in which you are presenting and dress professionally.
Oral presentations are scheduled for 15 minutes each including time for questions (recommend a 12-minute presentation). A computer and projector will be available in each session room. Presenters who wish to deliver computer-based presentations should use software packages that are standardly available on campus computers such as PowerPoint or PDF. It is recommended to bring your presentation on a portable flash drive. Students will not have time between speakers to log in to email, so it is not recommended to present using Google Slides. A moderator will be present in each room to help you upload your presentation before the scheduled session begins and keep on track with time while presenting.
The Poster Session will be held in the Activities Room of the Student Union Building on April 27. You should be in the Activities Room standing next to your poster for formal discussion from 3:00-4:00 pm. You should stay for the entire session and dress professionally.
Poster walls and push pins will be provided to display your poster. Posters should be no taller or wider than 33 inches; however, the final poster size within those limits can be at the discretion of the student author. Poster locations will be identified with a poster number. To find your poster number, find your abstract here (you can find your abstract by scrolling down to ‘TOTAL’, selecting ‘Authors’, and then searching for your last name). The poster number is listed as the ‘Session’ number. You should hang your poster before the Poster Session begins at 3:00 pm.
Performance art presentations will be held in the Student Union Building on April 27. To find your scheduled presentation time and location, find your abstract here (you can find your abstract by scrolling down to ‘TOTAL’, selecting ‘Authors’, and then searching for your last name). Each presentation is scheduled within a session, which can be found here. You should arrive at your scheduled session 15 minutes before the session begins to upload your presentation (i.e. 15 minutes before the first presentation within your session). You should stay for the entire session in which you are presenting and dress professionally.
Performance art presentations are scheduled for 15 minutes each including time for questions (recommend a 12-minute presentation). The requested equipment (music stands, piano, etc.) will be available in each session room. A moderator will be present in each room to help you set up for your presentation before the scheduled session begins and keep on track with time while presenting.
Studio Art exhibits and the Annual Juried Student Exhibition will be on display in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114) on April 27. You should be in the Art Gallery standing next to your artwork for formal discussion from 3:00-4:00 pm. You should stay for the entire session and dress professionally.
Asynchronous virtual presentations and discussions will be held through Flip. You will need access to a camera, microphone, and a good internet connection to record and post your presentation.
If you are creating a presentation individually, it is recommended to record your video through Flip (although it is fine to also upload a previously recorded presentation). If you have slides to accompany your presentation, it is recommended to use the screen recording tool within Flipgrid (click ‘Options’, then ‘Record screen’). Please note, Flipgrid will allow you to edit your video before posting it. The presentation title and student presenter name(s) should be entered as the caption. You can also post a link to supplemental resources if you would like, such as a PDF of slides or a poster.
If you are creating a presentation as part of a group, it is recommended to record your presentation through Zoom and upload your saved presentation as a .mov, .mp4, or .webm file to Flipgrid (click ‘Add Response’, then ‘Options’, then ‘Upload clip’). See a Zoom tutorial here. Please note, Flip will not upload presentations over 10 minutes. In Flip, the presentation title and student presenter name(s) should be entered as the caption. You can also post a link to supplemental resources if you would like, such as a PDF of slides or a poster.
Virtual presentations will be allotted a maximum time of 10 minutes. The presentation should be posted to Flip by 5 pm on Tuesday, April 25th. Please note that these videos may not be available to view on the presentation platform immediately after posting. Presenters should check their presentation on Flip multiple times on the day of the Student Research Conference, April 27, to answer questions.
What are the benefits to the students?
- the development of skills to function more independently
- the opportunity to put classroom knowledge into practice
- the identification of career interests
- the building of mentor relationships between faculty and students
- the stimulation that comes with critical thinking
- the opportunity to participate in new discoveries
- the ability to better understand research methodologies
- the stimulation of creativity
- the increased likelihood of acceptance into graduate or professional school
- the ability to communicate to a wide audience
- recognition by one’s peers
- the sheer excitement created by intellectual activity
- the opportunity to earn wages or academic credit
- the enhanced ability to grasp the philosophy of life-long learning
Tips for abstract submission and presentation preparation
- Communicate with your faculty mentor early. Your mentor is a professional; you will soon become a professional. Learn from her/him the proper procedures for designing and presenting your project. Let them know early your hopes and aspirations for the conference, so that they may guide you through this experience.
- Have your mentor review your material. Your mentor should view your abstract before it’s submitted so you can make the necessary revisions. You should also work with your mentor before presenting at the Student Research Conference to make sure your presentation is of professional quality.
- Practice and time your talk. In preparation for a professional conference, you should practice and time your presentation. Be professional.
- Use slides judiciously. A professional uses PowerPoint as an aid to outline and guide a presentation, not to substitute for a presentation.
On the day of the Student Research Conference
- You do not need a hard copy of your presentation.
- Dress professionally. Your appearance communicates your competency, both at this conference and in all other professional situations.
- Arrive ~15 minutes before your scheduled session begins and stay for the entirety of your scheduled session.
Call for Abstracts: Closed
Abstract Submission Deadline: March 21 at 5:00 pm CST
Abstract Submission Guidelines
Student authors should select the presentation type and disciplines related to this presentation when the abstract is submitted. Please note that your presentation may not necessarily be grouped with others of the same discipline as presentations are compiled in both disciplinary and interdisciplinary sessions based on the overall distribution of abstracts submitted. Any special requests need to be made when the abstract is submitted. The presentation format options are listed below.
Information for Faculty Mentors
Due to the size and scope of the Student Research Conference, acceptance of student abstract submissions is at the discretion of the faculty mentor. Consequently, each student presentation must be sponsored by a Truman faculty mentor.
The Office of Student Research will rely on faculty mentors to work with their student(s) to ensure that abstracts are correct, complete, and the result of eligible work (see submission guidelines above). The Program Committee reserves the right to reject an abstract that is incomplete, is not the result of eligible work, or does not follow the submission guidelines even if it has been accepted by the faculty mentor.
Each presentation must have a faculty mentor. If students are presenting work done off-campus, for example during an internship, they must identify a Truman faculty member as a co-sponsor. Abstracts that lack faculty sponsorship will not be accepted. Your involvement in the work to be presented at the Student Research Conference is therefore essential. Without you, there can be no conference. You should know about the responsibilities of mentoring as well as the significant benefits it can confer.
As a faculty mentor, you should familiarize yourself with the outlined Presentation Types and Submission Guidelines. Before you agree to be a mentor, you should make sure the proposed work is eligible and you should work with the students involved in preparing the abstract and getting ready for the presentation.
While the primary goal of the conference is to encourage and reward student research, scholarship, and creative activity, faculty mentors should remember that their student’s presentation also reflects upon themselves and their academic discipline and division.
At the very minimum, faculty mentors should:
1) Ensure that the student(s) have complied with the submission guidelines
2) Proof-read the abstract prior to submission and give the student(s) appropriate feedback and editing
3) Formally approve the abstract submission
4) Preview the presentation prior to the conference and give appropriate feedback to enhance the quality of the presentation
- The stimulation and confidence that accompanies creative thinking
- The opportunity to mentor enthusiastic, high-quality students
- The enhanced ability to remain current in one’s field and discipline
- The excitement created by intellectual activity and participation in new discoveries
- The recognition by one’s internal and external peers
- The reinvigoration of one’s career
- The chance to improve teaching techniques, such as in investigative laboratories (or workshops)
- The ability to transfer results from one’s scholarship into the classroom
- The ability to promote the concept of life-long learning for students