All CSI undergraduate students, whose research/scholarly projects (or works in progress) have been mentored and sponsored by a CSI faculty mentor, are eligible to participate in the conference. Students are welcome to submit abstracts for individual or group projects and may participate in more than one presentation.

Application Procedure

  • Notify your faculty mentor that you are interested in presenting your work.
  • Ask for his/her guidance in preparing an abstract (see description below).
  • Submit your abstract using the Online Submission Form by the March 15, 2021 deadline. Be sure to have your faculty mentor review your abstract, before you submit - mentor approval is mandatory for acceptance in the conference.
  • Your mentor will be prompted with a follow-up email to respond to your abstract/application submission by March 17, 2021.
    • If your mentor approves your abstract, you will receive an email confirming acceptance in the conference.
    • If your mentor does not approve, you will be notified via email and asked to address any modifications with your mentor for resubmission before March 18, 2021.

Abstract Guidelines

An abstract is a concise summary of your project, no more than one or two paragraphs. Abstracts include the 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.

  • Abstracts for this conference should be no longer than one page (250 words in length). Abstracts must be entered as part of the Online Submission Form.
  • Accepted abstracts will be printed in the conference program. It is important that you carefully review your abstract with your mentor for content, spelling, punctuation and grammar before submitting it online.
  • For reference, you may wish to review abstracts from the previous year’s conference: 2020 Undergraduate Conference Abstracts(Please contact the Office of the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies, Research and Institutional Effectiveness to request alternative access to this document.)

Poster Presentation Guidelines

Participants are encouraged to access Creating a Research Poster, designed to familiarize presenters with poster preparation and helpful tips.

In addition, we strongly advise students interested in poster presentations to attend the “Workshop on Creating a Poster” offered in March (date and time TBD). One-on-one assistance will also be available to students. Please be sure to check out the webpage, Workshops / Drop-In Assistance, for more information.

Poster presenters must adhere to specific ground rules. To help you remember them all and to stay on track, please download the Checklist for an Effective Poster.

Essential Guidelines are as follows:

  • All Posters must be 36” height x 48” width.
  • CSI and CUNY logos must be included on all poster submissions. These logos will be emailed to you once your application/abstract has been approved.
  • To help draw attention to particular graphs/tables or figures from your poster, you may include 3-4 slide images that highlight these sections you will be speaking about. Please note, if you decide to use additional slides they must be combined/submitted as one PDF file with the full poster in the first position and additional slides arranged in the order you intend to present.
  • Final poster entries must be emailed as both PowerPoint and PDF files to by April 19, 2021 (hard deadline – no extensions).

What to Expect the Day of the Conference

The virtual conference will take place on Thursday, April 29th, 2021 and will run from approximately 12:30 – 4:30pm. Please check back soon for updates.

Student posters will be uploaded to the website for viewing prior to the event.

If you have any questions, please email