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CSI Undergraduate Conference on Research, Scholarship, and Performance
 Frequently Asked Questions

Who can present at the Conference?
All CSI undergraduate students whose research/scholarly projects (or works in progress) have been mentored and sponsored for presentation by a CSI faculty mentor. Students are welcome to submit abstracts for individual or group projects. They may submit more than one abstract.

What do I need to do to present?

  1. Tell your faculty mentor that you are interested in presenting your work.
  2. Ask for his/her guidance in preparing an abstract of the work.
  3. Submit an abstract by the deadline: March 13, 2015.
  4. Submit an abstract using the online submission form and ensure that your advisor approves it.

What is an abstract?
An abstract is a summary of your project. Abstracts include reasons for undertaking the work, the methods used, findings and your conclusions. In the case of creative works, describe your project. When appropriate, you should also consider the importance of the work and its applications.
This rubric (http://www.csi.cuny.edu/ugconference/pdfs/rubric.pdf) provides an overview of the standards expected for the abstract. A ‘3’ represents the highest quality. A ‘1’ represents an abstract that does not meet standards. You might also want to review The 2014 Undergraduate Conference abstracts.

How do I prepare an abstract?
Abstracts for this conference should be no longer than one page (250 words). The abstracts should be prepared using the online submission form

They should include:

  1. The title of your presentation
  2. Your name, telephone number, and e-mail address; your status (i.e. junior or senior) and your major
  3. Name, status and major of your collaborators, if any
  4. Name and department of your faculty mentor
  5. Description of the project - research thesis and results

When and where do I submit abstract?
The deadline to receive the abstract is March 13, 2015. You must submit your abstract using the UGConference form. If you have any questions please contact Jonna DeSantis, Office Academic Affairs, 1A-211C, jonna.desantis@csi.cuny.edu.

What is the purpose of abstracts?
All accepted abstracts will be printed in the conference program that will serve as a permanent record of the conference proceedings.

When will I know about the acceptance of the abstract?
Abstract submissions will be accepted for inclusion at the conference only after the CSI faculty mentor submits the mentor approval form. Once approved authors will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of the abstract. The e-mail will also contain additional information on how to prepare their presentation for the Conference.

Abstracts will be reviewed by a faculty committee. Abstracts that are not rated a 2 & 3 on the rubric (http://www.csi.cuny.edu/ugconference/pdfs/rubric.pdf) will be returned for revisions; those that are awarded a ‘2’ may also be returned for revisions.

Where and when do I get the poster boards?
Poster boards will be available to all approved presenters the day of the conference upon registration in 1P.

How do I prepare the poster? (MANDATORY)
Pre-conference training sessions to familiarize you with poster preparation will be held via online tutorial. This training is a fully online workshop. The seminar will officially begin on February 14, 2015 and will close on April 18, 2015. You will be contacted by Kristen within 24 hours after abstract submission (Kristen.Lindtvedt@csi.cuny.edu).
During these online workshops participants will be guided through the process of organizing, creating, and printing posters for the UG Conference using Micorsoft Powerpoint. Scheduling of poster printing will be done by Kristen Lindtvedt.

What goes on the day of the Conference?
Registration begins at 9:30 April 30, 2015 in the 1P Atrium.  Participants will be handed a packet containing a lunch voucher, conference itinerary and certificate of participation.  All presenters and their faculty mentors are invited to attend an informal brown bag lunch. All presenters and participants are expected to attend the conference plenary at 1:00.

Poster presenters will be assisted with set up and escorted to their assigned location.  Presenters must stand next to their posters between Noon and 4pm (excluding the plenary time and lunch) to explain their research accomplishments to other viewers attending the conference.

Paper and Performing and Creative Art presenters will be given a specific time and location for their presentations prior to the conference.  Presenters should arrive 30 minutes prior to their presentation/performance time.

Do I get any recognition for my efforts?
Yes. Participants will receive a Certificate of Participation at the Conference.

Whom to contact for additional information?
Contact information can be found on the contact page of this website.