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All current MCCC students are invited to submit a proposal to the MCCC Student Conference:



Proposals accepted until February 28, 2019
Conference Date: Friday, April 5, 2019, 3 – 6 pm

The Mercer Honors Club sponsors this voluntary conference of student presenters and encourages proposals either on this year’s theme or other academic subjects of interest.

Students choose to present in one of following session formats: panel, roundtable discussion, symposium session, or poster.

Benefits of presenting: Presenters practice outreach skills, an asset in every profession. This leadership experience also looks good on transfer applications. Participation also prepares students for research opportunities in subsequent undergraduate and graduate studies.

Note to students submitting transfer applications this spring: Acceptances to the conference will be on a rolling basis, so submit your proposal early so you can be accepted before your transfer deadlines. Presenters will be coached on how to note this experience when they use the Common Application.

     Explanation of session types
     Guidelines for submitting a proposal

Explanation of Session Types

What is a panel?
A panel features two or more individual presenters, usually on a related topic. Each panel member has ten to fifteen minutes to present original research and analysis to an audience, and then the listeners have the opportunity to ask the panelists questions. A group of students may propose a complete panel of presenters, or an individual may propose a single presentation that would be grouped into a panel session by the conference organizers. This format gives individual presenters the opportunity to present and explain research using projected slides or handouts. It offers the audience the benefit of listening to multiple perspectives, and during the Q and A, a chance to hear from the audience, too. A panel format allows a group of people to be informed, to voice some responses, and to share a common experience.

What is a roundtable discussion?
A roundtable discussion is a more interactive way to organize the exchange of ideas. It is a good idea to propose a roundtable, either as an individual or in a pair, when you want to talk about some curiosity, knowledge, or experience regarding the topic and think others will really want to as well. At a round table facilitators take about five minutes to briefly lay out some important background information or questions, and then they invite and moderate discussion. This kind of session is exploratory and lends itself to topics that affect all students and faculty on a campus, for example.

What is a symposium session?
A symposium is a discussion facilitated by both student(s) and a faculty advisor. This session is well-suited to topics that foster critical thinking and debate on sensitive issues. Because it may be more free-form and perhaps contentious, the faculty advisor helps students keep conversation orderly and respectful.

What is a poster?
Submitted by groups or an individual, a poster follows professional conventions to visually display the results of an original research project. Presenters stand by their posters to respond to the one-on-one questions and comments of attendees who are circulating through the exhibits. A poster presenter does not have to address a large audience. This is a good choice for a person who wants to learn how to use PowerPoint to create and print a professional poster. Prof. Caluori will lead a workshop to teach students how to do it.

Guidelines for Submitting a Proposal

Use the headings below for your proposal and email it to the Mercer Honors Club advisor, Dr. Bettina Caluori at Proposals will be accepted until Friday, Feb. 28, 2019. Keep in mind that all presenters are encouraged to find a faculty mentor and in some cases it’s required. Participants will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis.
Name(s) of presenter(s):
Email(s) for presenter(s):

Proposal type: Indicate whether you are proposing a poster, individual presentation, panel, roundtable discussion, or symposium. Note: A symposium session requires a faculty advisor.

Proposed title: Make sure your title communicates not only your topic, but something about its key findings or analysis. You may use a primary title and a secondary title, separated by a colon. If this is a panel proposal, list a title for the panel here.

Abstract(s) (200 words or 200 words/panelist): You are likely familiar with this genre through online databases. An abstract summarizes a work, providing an overview of its most essential information. In some disciplines, this would be the results of research while in others the focus may best be described as the purpose of your work or its argument. Your abstract should clarify your original analytical, creative, or research-based contribution. Proposals for panels should list presenters and provide an abstract for each one.

Abstract for program (50 words or 50 words/panelist): Attendees of the symposium will receive a program featuring presenters’ names, titles of presentations, and abstracts. Compose another briefer abstract for this purpose.

Rationale for proposed format: In a few sentences, explain why your presentation will work well in the format you have selected.

Status of research: If you plan to present the results of research, has it already been completed? If it is not complete, include a brief research plan (100 words).

Faculty advisor(s): List the name(s) of professor(s) who have agreed to mentor you. If you are not currently an honors student (part of the honors program or a member of an honors society on campus), a faculty advisor is required. If you are proposing a symposium session, a faculty advisor is required. If you are an honors student or member of an honors society on campus, a faculty advisor is recommended.