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Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity

» Chapman University Student Research Day (CUSRD)

This Semiannual Celebration highlights the breadth and depth of scholarly research and creative activity conducted by Chapman undergraduate and graduate students.  Student Research Day is a truly exciting day to learn about, explore and appreciate the efforts that students and faculty have put into a wide variety of research and creative activity projects across campus.

Spring 2018

Wednesday, May 9

Sandhu Conference Center

Poster Sessions: TBA

+ - Participation

  • Abstract submission deadline – Sunday, April 15 @ 11:59 p.m.
  • Poster printing available. Poster's must be uploaded to assigned portal by Wednesday, May 2
  • All participants receive a copy of the Abstract Volume.
  • Present your research/creative activity in a poster format to fellow students, faculty, and community members.
  • All students presenting and their faculty mentors are invited to attend the lunch and keynote. 
  • Wednesday, April 25 - OURCA Poster Design and Presentation Workshop - Learn how to grab the attention of your audience through layout, text, and images. Get tips on how to talk about your project and engage your audience.

+ - Abstract Guidelines

  • Clearly state the central research question and/or purpose of the project.  Provide brief, relevant scholarly or research context that demonstrates how the project makes a contribution to the area of inquiry.  Provide a brief description of the research or creative methodology. State expected results and/or conclusions.  Include text only (no images or graphics).  Be well-written and well-organized.
  • Abstracts should run 200-300 words with no paragraph breaks.  MAXIMUM LENGTH = 2100 CHARACTERS (APPROXIMATELY 300 WORDS).
  • Use plain text format for your abstract.  The form will not process some formatting and special characters (e.g., scientific symbols).  References are allowed but not required. 

+ - CUSRD Poster Printing Guidelines

Process for Submitting

  • Upon receiving an abstract submission, OURCA will immediately send an email with your assigned online portal link to upload your poster for printing. If you do not receive this email, contact OURCA for this information.
  • Upload your poster in PDF format only (not PowerPoint) with the file name "lastname.pdf".
  • Posters must be uploaded by Wednesday, May 2nd for printing.
  • Only one poster per abstract will be printed.

Format of Poster.

  • Standard Size: 48' x 36'' landscape version (See template).
  • White background only.
  • Minimize exotic fonts/symbols which may complicate printing.
  • Double check all spelling, punctuation, and content before uploading poster.

Poster Printing & Pick-Up

You will be contacted to pick up your poster once printed and are responsible for bringing it to your poster session. Your poster will NOT be printed if all above formatting requirements are not met.

+ - Past Keynote Speakers

2017: Carolyn Forche, Award winning Poet of Witness, Human Rights Advocate, Chapman University Presidential Fellows, Director of Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University. Watch Carolyn Forche's Keynote!

2017: Mike Paul Hughes, NASA Engineer, Music Producer, Composer, Writer, Inspirational Speaker. Deputy Project Manager, ASPIRE, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab and Researcher in Advanced Mars Entry, Descent and Landing Systems. Watch Mike Paul Hughes' Keynote!

2016: Nancy Perloff, Ph. D., Curator of Modern and Contemporary Collections for the Getty Research Institute. As a trained musicologist and art historian, scholarly research and creative activity have played an integral role in Perloff’s life and career. Watch Nancy Perloff's Keynote!

2016: Robert AkscynFounder and President of Knowledge Systems, Hypertext pioneer, First Chair of SIGLINK, ACM’s special Interest Group on Hypertext and the Web, honored by field colleagues via “Akscyn’s Law,” former Chairman of the Board for 4 high-technologies companies. Watch Robert Akscyn's Keynote!

2015: Kenneth E. Phillips, Ph.D., Curator for Aerospace Science at the California Science Center, Caretake of Space Shuttle Endeavor. Watch Kenneth E. Phillips' Keynote!

2015:  M.G. Lord, Cultural critic, investigative journalist, and comedian. Author of The Accidental Feminist, Astro Turf, and Forever Barbie. Former Newsday editorial cartoonist.

2014: Akin C. Ceylan, COO Home Entertainment, Lionsgate. Chapman University Alumnus, Class of 1990, Chapman Alumni Association Board, VP Communications.

2014: Jennifer Backhaus, Founder and Artistic Director of Backhausdance, OC award-winning contemporary dance company. One of OC Metro's "40 Under 40" in 2009. Alumna of the year, Chapman University. Teaching Artist for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' community education program.

2013: Robert Diaz, Corporate Transactional Attorney, Finlayson Williams Toffer Roosevelt & Lilly LLP., Chapman University Alumnus, Class of 1997.

2012: Dr. Arthur Benjamin, Professor of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College and Magician.

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OURCA Deadlines & Events

Spring 2018

SURF Information Session
Monday, February 12
 1-2 p.m.
  Argyros Forum 209A
SURF Application Deadline
Friday, March 2
4 p.m.
Lunch with a Professor Week
 April 2 - April 6
Randall Dining Commons
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 
Meal Voucher Required 
Grant Proposal Workshop
Wednesday, April 4
11 a.m.-12 p.m.
AF 209C
Spring Scholarly & Creative Grant Application Deadline
Friday, April 13
4 p.m.
Sunday, April 15
Wednesday, April 25
1-2 p.m. 
AF 209A
Friday, May 4
Invitation Only
Wednesday, May 9
Wednesday, May 9
Sandhu Conference Center