[Acmsmajors] FRIDAY-Symposium Application Deadline FEB. 23 @ 5pm &
Top 10 MYTHS (fwd)
miller at math.washington.edu
Tue Feb 20 10:24:54 PST 2007
The Application Deadline for this year's 10th Annual Undergraduate Research
Symposium is this FRIDAY, FEB. 23 at 5pm and we hope that you will consider
participating. To access the online application, instructions, and information,
please visit http://www.washington.edu/research/urp/symp/index.html. To
encourage you to join us this year, please read the MYTHS below:
TOP 10 MYTHS about the 10TH ANNUAL UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
10. The Symposium is competitive and since I've only been working on my
research a short time, my application won't be accepted.
-->UNTRUE, our goal is to have as many students who meet a minimum standard for
research present as possible. You will find students with various levels of
experience presenting at the Symposium and all have something to contribute and
gain from the experience.
9. I can't attend the Symposium because all of that activity will make me too
-->We have lots of snacks throughout the afternoon and all presenters will
receive a snack bag when they check in to keep them fueled throughout the
8. I already present in my departmental symposium so I don't need to
--> Why not gain more experience and use your poster or presentation more than
once?? This can only help you as you think about next steps in your
post-undergrad career and/or your plans for graduate study.
7. My research has to be in the sciences in order to be included.
-->While we have many students from the sciences who present in the Symposium,
all academic disciplines are represented, including the social sciences, arts,
and humanities! The Symposium showcases quantitative (nos.-based) and
qualitative (e.g., interviews, surveys) research. Also, watch this year for
6. I don't have my results yet so I can't present this year.
--> You need not have results yet in order to apply to present your work this
year. In fact, we advise all students to talk about their research question(s),
methods, anticipated results, and possibly future research avenues in their
5. I've never written an abstract before and doubt that I can do this right
-->The Undergraduate Research Program has lots of ways to help you. Come to an
abstract-writing workshop (see
http://www.washington.edu/research/urp/courses/abstractwriting.html , utilize
our online abstract writing instructions, including a powerpoint tutorial and
sample abstracts (see
http://www.washington.edu/research/urp/symp/applicationinfo.html), stop in to
120 MGH for our advising drop-in hours (2 ? 4 pm; Thur. 10:30 ? 12:30 pm) or
email urp at u.washington.edu with questions or requesting an appointment.
4. I'll have to skip it because I don't own a tuxedo or floor-length taffeta
gown that I could wear on Symposium Day.
-->No formal attire is required though you can dress up if you like. We advise
students to dress "business casual."
3. I can't present a poster because don't know how to design one or where to
-->We have lot's of information available on this one (see
http://www.washington.edu/research/urp/symp/participants.html) and will send
you announcements soon of our Poster Design Workshops.
2. I'm not a good public speaker so I can't sign up to do an oral presentation.
-->Practice makes perfect! Everyone gets nervous before a presentation (don't
believe those who say otherwise) but we urge you to get experience with this
format as preparation for entering the job world or graduate study. We will
send you announcements soon of our Oral Presentation Practice Sessions that
will help you prepare for Symposium Day.
1. The Undergraduate Research Symposium is one of the most important learning
experiences that you can have as a UW undergraduate.
-->This one isn't a myth at all! You will really enjoy and be challenged by
Symposium Day. Your mentors will receive formal invitations to attend, and you
can choose to have us send invites to family and supporters as well.
Undergraduate Research Program
120 Mary Gates Hall
VM: 206-543-4282; urp at u.washington.edu
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