Submission Guidelines

SURC 2017 Presentation Proposal Guidelines

The SURC Committee invites SUNY undergraduates in all academic fields to submit proposals to present their advanced work at SURC 2017 West at the State University of New York at Fredonia.  Abstracts describing students’ scholarly and/or creative projects must be submitted by February 17, 2017, 11:59 EST.

Students are encouraged to submit proposals to present their original:

  • Research (15 minute oral presentation includes Q&A; or one hour poster presentation)

  • Creative writing (15 minute reading/interpretive presentation includes Q&A)

  • Visual art (15 minute interpretive presentation with slides includes Q&A; or one hour poster presentation)

  • Music composition (up to 20 minute performance/interpretative commentary includes Q&A)

  • Dance choreography (up to 20 minute performance/interpretative commentary includes Q&A)

  • Theatrical script (up to 20 minute performance/interpretative commentary includes Q&A)


Upon submission, students’ abstracts will be emailed to their faculty mentors who supported that project for their review. When the SURC Committee receives faculty mentor approval by email, it will forward student abstracts to a panel of faculty reviewers for evaluation based on the criteria below and the standards of the specific academic discipline.

If you have questions, please contact SURC West Committee member Dr. Jack Croxton at or 716-673-3129.

Eligible Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Projects

  • Produced by student(s) under faculty supervision or in collaboration with faculty

  • Associated with: thesis and/or capstone project; advanced methods, independent research, applied learning or other course (in which project represents substantial research or creative work); summer research experience

  • Based on advanced methodologies in the discipline and (in the case of research) on relevant data (statistical, lab, field, or survey) or primary source material

Submission Information

Please have the following information available when submitting your presentation proposal:

  • Primary presenter name, e-mail address, phone number, college/university, academic  field

  • Faculty mentor name and e-mail address

  • Secondary presenter(s) name(s) and e-mail address(es)

  • Presentation type: oral presentation; poster presentation; performance

  • If oral presentation, other presenters you wish to be considered for same panel

  • Presentation title,  abstract (200-300 words)

  • Special equipment or space requests

  • Special needs associated with a disability

  • Special time of day requests (only exceptional time constraints are favorably considered)

Abstract Guidelines

Abstract should clearly and concisely:

  • Identify the central research question, objective, or thesis of the project

  • Summarize the methodology and/or findings of the research or creative work

  • State conclusions, significance, and/or current state of the project

In addition:

  • Abstracts should be well written (e.g. spelling, grammar, clarity, etc.) since they will include names of student(s) and faculty mentor.

  • Upon submission, abstracts will be sent to faculty mentors for approval. Abstracts that do not receive faculty mentor support will not be accepted.

  • There is a limit of one presentation proposal/abstract per primary author.

Abstract Format:

  • Titles should be bolded, short and specific, and in mixed UPPER and lower case letters.

  • Use 12-point Times New Roman font.

  • Abstract should be 200-300 words.

  • Include plain text only- DO NOT include tables, charts, pictures, foreign characters, or scientific symbols.

  • The title and abstract will appear in the conference program exactly as inputted, so double check spelling, punctuation, and clarity of prose.

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