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30th Annual Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference

Mathias Student Research Conference Saturday, April 18, 2020

Online sessions scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) is pleased to announce a virtual meeting for the 30th Anniversary of the Annual Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference, a forum for CAS students to digitally present original scholarly and creative works before colleagues, faculty, and friends.

This event is sponsored in part by a generous grant from AU trustee and alumna Robyn Rafferty Mathias as well as by the NASA District of Columbia Space Grant Consortium.

30th Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference

Dean Peter Starr welcomes attendees to the 30th Annual Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference.

Schedule of Virtual Events

Student Panel Presentations (10 a.m.–4 p.m.)

Students who have prepared an oral/slide show presentation will be separated into panels by theme. Each panel will be moderated by an AU Faculty member. Students will present their work in turns with a maximum of 15mins per presentation.

  • Panel Sessions I: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
    Three (3) concurrent panel presentations
  • Panel Sessions II: 12–2 p.m.
    Two (2) concurrent panel presentations
  • Panel Sessions III: 2–4 p.m.
    Two (2) concurrent panel presentations

Student Poster Presentations (11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.)

Students who have prepared a poster presentation will be separated into groups by theme. Each group will participate in an audience Q&A, moderated by an AU Faculty member. Judges and attendees will be given access to each of the posters and be invited to participate in the Q&A sessions with the student presenters. Q&A Moderators will facilitate an ongoing discussion of all posters in their session and allow judges and attendees to pose questions to the students.

  • Q&A Session I: 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • Q&A Session II: 12:30–1:30 p.m.
  • Q&A Session III: 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Info for Conference Judges

Support AU Student Research and lend us your expertise! Sign up to be a judge!
Sign-ups due by 5 p.m. on April 14.

Responsibilities

  • In the days leading up to the conference, you will be provided with Zoom login information, a conference program and any additional content that is pertinent to the sessions that you have signed up for.
  • You will also be given a link to a google form that you will use to judge EACH student presenter in the sessions that you attend.
  • Your feedback will contribute to the selection of top presenters in each of the major themes of the conference; top students will be recognized with a certificate signed by the dean.

Eligibility

AU Staff, Faculty, Graduate and PhD students who are not participating as a presenter.

Info for Conference attendees

Support AU Student Research! Register Today!
Register by 5 p.m. on April 16. There will be no day-of registration.

Instructions

  1. Fill out a registration form so that we know which sessions you would like to attend and how we can contact you. Your private information will not be shared.
  2. On the morning of Friday, 4/17 (the day before the conference) you will receive an email with Zoom login information and passwords to ALL of the sessions that you expressed interest in. If you are attending a Poster Q&A Session then you will also receive a link to view the posters in advance.

Note: You are welcome to request information for overlapping sessions so that you can attend multiple presentations in simultaneous sessions.

All are welcome!

Info for Student Presenters

Oral/Panel Presentation Guidelines

Expectations

  • You are allotted 10-15 minutes to present your work. Your presentation will either be followed by a 3-5 minute audience Q&A or your moderator might choose to have leave all questions for the group until the end.
  • Your presentation should follow the format laid out in your abstract or project description. Regardless of your discipline, you need to be able to clearly discuss the objectives and importance of your work to an interdisciplinary group of judges and audience members.
  • Your presentation will be judged on its intellectual and/or creative ambition and the strength of your arguments, examples and conclusions.
  • Judges will evaluate whether your project is engaging and how successful you were in achieving your goals. Because of the diverse nature of the audience you will also be judged on your ability to make your work accessible to a general audience, to explain unfamiliar terms, and avoid jargon.

Virtual Presentation Format

Your presentation will be grouped by theme. An AU Faculty member will be assigned to virtually moderate your group’s session. Each presenter will act as a lecturer and present their work via a slide show in Zoom Meetings (utilizing the “share screen” function). Your moderator will set up the Zoom Meeting in advance of the public conference and organize a trial run preceding the public presentation. Audience members and judges will be invited to ask questions and present feedback on your work.

You will be expected to have your slideshow ready in presentation mode when it is your turn to “share screen”; transitions between presenters will be facilitated by the moderator.

Poster Presentation Guidelines

Expectations

  • Your work should follow the format laid out in your abstract or project description. Regardless of your discipline, you need to be able to clearly discuss the objectives and importance of your work to an interdisciplinary group of judges and audience members.
  • Your work will be judged on its intellectual and/or creative ambition and the strength of your arguments, examples and conclusions.
  • Judges will evaluate whether your project is engaging and how successful you were in achieving your goals. Because of the diverse nature of the audience you will also be judged on your ability to make your work accessible to a general audience, to explain unfamiliar terms, and avoid jargon.
  • Visually, your presentation of work will be judged for how well it is formatted and how clearly it shares information.

Virtual Presentation Format

You will send Helen Jackson (hj1737a@student.american.edu) a PDF version of your poster by Wenesday, April 15 (at the latest).

Your presentation will be grouped by theme. An AU Faculty member will be assigned to virtually moderate a live Q&A session (through Zoom Meeting), discussing your work. Conference attendees and judges will be given access to view your poster’s content in advance of the live Q&A. Your Moderator will have a slideshow of all poster’s on display during the Q&A and will facilitate an ongoing discussion about your work and will address questions from the audience as they arise. Your moderator will set up the Zoom Meeting in advance of the public conference and organize a trial run preceding the public Q&A. Audience members and judges will be invited to ask questions and present feedback on your work.

Note: Audience members and judges will be given access to “view only” your work (they will not be able to download your poster’s content). Your poster will not be shared online through any public channels to maintain your privacy to your work.

Poster Presentation Tips

  • Know your audience! You are making this poster for an interdisciplinary audience and your poster should demonstrate knowledge clearly and explain unfamiliar terms.
  • The presentation of information should be well organized with new points flowing logically from the previous.
  • The poster should be graphically clear, uncluttered, and attractive to the eye.

Questions?

Contact the 2020 organizing committee:

Support AU Student Research!

Register to virtually attend the Conference!

Deadline: Thursday, April 16, 5 p.m.

Sign up to be a Judge!

Would you like to provide feedback to the student presenters and help us select those who deserve recognition? Be a conference judge!

Deadline: Tuesday, April 14, 5 p.m.

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