Research & Economic Development

TTU Research and Creative Inquiry Day

Research and Creative Inquiry Day is an annual event designed to promote student research and creative inquiry and provide a venue for presenting that work. This event is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all departments who want to display their research and creative projects.  Research projects and literature-based reviews will follow the standard poster format while the English Department has elected to use a paper presentation format. The abstract submission portal is closed.  Please use #researchday2018 when talking about the event on social media.   


Hooper Eblen Center

  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m.:  Student Registration and Poster Setup
  • 4-6 p.m.:           Judge Registration and Judging (Students are invited to be available to discuss posters, and hors d'oeuvres will be served.)

Volpe Library Instruction Room 248

  • 12:20-1:15 p.m.:  English Department Paper Presentations

Hooper Eblen Center

  • 9-11 a.m.:        Poster Display for Campus and Community (Students are invited to be available to discuss posters, and light snacks will be served.)

    *Also, new this year is the Communicating Research and Creative Works via Video Showcase.  Dr. Tania Datta and Sally Pardue invite you to visit the showcase to learn the outcomes of creative research conducted by students in Honors 4013 Colloquia:  Engineering and Social Justice.  The showcase will take place on the concourse level of the Hooper Eblen Center arena.   
  • 11 a.m.-noon:   Awards Ceremony
  • Noon-2 p.m.:    Poster Pickup/Cleanup


Note: Research projects and literature-based reviews will follow the standard poster format while the English Department has elected to utilize a paper presentation format. Multiple authors are allowed in either format; however, a primary author must be designated. A student may only serve as the primary author on one project.

All projects will be judged and awards will be given to one graduate and one undergraduate winner (including co-authors) selected from each participating department. *Note that posters will be categorized by the department of the primary author's research advisor. Primary authors will have the option of selecting to have their abstract and poster published in an online journal, Proceedings of Student Research and Creative Inquiry Day. This selection will occur on the abstract submission form.


Abstract Submission Window: February 1-March 14, 2018 (The abstract submission portal is closed.)

Abstract Deadline: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 (no abstracts will be accepted after this date). 

Note: It is expected that each submitted abstract will be developed into a poster to be presented at the April event. English Department abstracts will be developed into a paper.


  1. Prior to completing the abstract submission form, students should obtain their advisor’s approval of (1) the abstract and (2) selection regarding whether or not the abstract should be published in the online journal, Proceedings of Student Research and Creative Inquiry Day.
  2. Advisors will receive a notification of each abstract submission for which they are listed as faculty advisor; however, they will not be asked to review the abstract at this time.
  3. The abstract should be a concise summary of the work being presented. It should be carefully prepared and proofread to avoid mistakes. Note: Abstracts will not be edited.
  4. Abstracts should be limited to 250 words or less.
  5. Upon abstract submission, a confirmation email will be sent to the primary author. If this confirmation email is not received, the abstract has not been successfully submitted. If this occurs, the student should resubmit or contact the Office of Research ( on or before the March 14 abstract submission deadline.
  6. All Research and Creative Inquiry Day communications will be sent to the email provided for the primary author during submission.

Evaluation Forms

Research Project Literature-Based Study | Paper Presentation


Paper Presentation Guidelines

  • Each paper presentation will be 12-15 minutes in length. 
  • Each paper should have been previously submitted in an English course.  The abstract should identify the course for which the paper was originally written. 

Poster Guidelines

Effective poster presentations typically include: (a) introduction; (b) description of the method or technique used; (c) results obtained; (d) discussion of results; (e) conclusion/recommendation(s); (f) references; (g) acknowledgement of support.

Poster Design Workshop: If assistance is needed in putting together posters, the Library is hosting a series of workshops on research poster design. These workshops will be in the Angelo and Jennette Volpe Library Learning Commons (Room 112) at 11:00 a.m. on the following dates:

  • Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018
  • Tuesday, March 27, 2018
  • Thursday, March 29, 2018

Additional information is available at the Library's website or by contacting Holly Mills (Public Services Librarian, Assistant Professor).

Participants must provide their own tri-fold tabletop poster boards sized at 36 inches x 48 inches for displaying their poster. The boards are available in the University Bookstore and at various other retail outlets including Wal-Mart and Staples.

Poster content should be printed in landscape format as a single printed display to be attached to the tri-fold board. Wide-format printers are available in many departments capable of printing 36 inches x 48 inches. Please remember that room should be left in the e-file for margins. It is recommended that only white backgrounds be used to avoid excessive use of inks. An example poster template is available here (PPT file). Only the 36 inches x 48 inches (landscape) template would be appropriate for the poster used for this event.

Wide‐format printers capable of printing 36 inches x 48 inches are available in many departments and centers across campus. If participants choose to use a wide‐format poster printing facility on campus, please do not delay in getting posters printed and be aware that some facilities may have restrictions as to time and number of print jobs that can be run. The Engineering Workstation Lab in Clement 405 is one option for poster printing. The lab will print one copy of any poster for this event free of charge - see lab policies. Also available are printing services in the Water Center (Southwest Hall 149,, 3464), which charges a nominal fee to recoup ink and paper costs.

Posters do not have to occupy the full space of the tri-fold board, but cannot exceed 36 inches x 48 inches.

Tables for exhibiting the posters will be provided.


We are providing this  sample abstract submission form  so you will be able to preview the information you will be asked to provide.  

Judging will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, April 9, in the Hooper Eblen Center. Students from all disciplines participate in this event, so judges are needed from all departments. Thank you for considering participation as a judge in this year's event. To register as a judge, please follow the link below: