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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. 

Please use #researchday2020 when talking about the event on social media. 

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The 2020 Research and Creative Inquiry event was held this year in a digital format. Our primary goals were to provide students with the experience of preparing an abstract and poster, while ensuring there was no additional burden placed on them in light of all of the new circumstances they were navigating. The following are this year's winners and proceedings document.  Congratulations and thank you to everyone who worked so hard on this year's event. 

2020 Winners2020 Proceedings  |  Student Researcher Interviews  | 
Online Journal Proceedings

Excellence in Creative Inquiry Student Awards 

  • Courtney LaPointe, Advisor: Jeff Boles, Chemistry
  • Rachel Paris, Advisor: Andreea Cojocaru and Twanelle Majors, Chemistry
  • Logan Unser, Advisor: Ahmad Vasel, Mechanical Engineering
  • Maci Arms, Advisor: Tania Datta, Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Research Day Guidelines


    • Note: 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. 


    • An electronic version of the typical printed proceedings will be made available to all participants and the campus community in late April. For those who selected yes on the abstract submission form, abstracts and posters will be published in the online journal, Proceedings of Student Research and Creative Inquiry Day.


    • As stated on the abstract submission form, all posters will be grouped according to your research advisor’s department and winners will be selected from each participating department, with separate selections made for undergraduates, master's and Ph.D. winners. In an effort to recognize more students for their efforts, additional winners will be selected in categories with more than 10 entries.

    • Each poster will be evaluated by two judges based on the following evaluation forms for the types of submissions:

    Research Project | Literature-Based Study |
    Paper Presentation

    • Note that the first item listed under Appearance and Organization will not be scored since it is not relevant to a digital event.  


    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 

    • While in-person poster design workshops for Spring 2020 are cancelled, the workshop content is available in an online video: Designing Research Posters: Basic Design Tips (53:16).
    • Additional poster-design information, including templates, can be found on the Library's website.  As always, if you would like individual assistance with your poster or have questions about poster instruction, contact Holly Mills (Public Services Librarian, Assistant Professor).
    • Poster content should be developed in landscape format. An example poster template is available here.  Only the 36 inches x 48 inches (landscape) template would be appropriate for the poster used for this event.

  • Submit an Abstract 

    The abstract submission portal is closed.  No more abstracts will be accepted.  

  • Judging Registration

     The judge registration link is closed.  

  • Research Day Archive 

    Please see the Archive page for previous years' Research Days.


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