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Research and Creative
Inquiry Day 


The 17th Research and Creative Inquiry Day is an 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 #researchday2022 when talking about the event on social media.

Research Day 2022

PRINTING OF POSTERS:  Students can submit their posters to Amy Hill ( for a small fee, or engineering students can submit their posters for free to Posters can also be printed at the on-campus Printing Services for a fee, and other departments on campus have their own large-format plotters.  Students can also choose other off-campus printing outlets.

The event will be held in person at the Hooper Eblen this year. 

New this year, we will be collaborating with the Center for Career Development to offer students a resumé-critiquing opportunity from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thurs., April 21, and several potential employers will be invited to attend during that time to provide students valuable networking opportunities.  

  • Abstract submission form opens:  Wednesday, February 2, 2022 
  • Abstract submission deadline:  Wednesday, March 9, 2022

    Wednesday, April 20, 2022 
  • 4-6 p.m.:  Judging Registration and Judging (Students are invited to be available to discuss posters, and hors d'oeuvres will be served.  There will also be give-aways during the judging session; students must be present to win.)

    Thursday, April 21, 2022
  • 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).  The Center for Career Development will be offering a resume-critiquing opportunity, and several employers will be invited for potential networking.
  • 11 a.m.-noon:  Awards Ceremony
  • Noon- 2 p.m.:  Poster Pickup/Cleanup

The paper presentations of the event sponsored by the English Department will begin at 9 a.m., Wednesday, April 20, in the Volpe Library Instruction Room 112.  Contact Kristen Deiter at for more information. 

In conjunction with the event, a media inquiry project was developed as part of the Social Problems (SOC 1650) class taught by Ada Haynes, professor of Sociology, during the Fall 2021 semester. During this course, students explored a social problem through research with a creative inquiry and sociological lens and as part of the QEP-sponsored redesign of the course, developed creative projects displaying an effective media campaign that promoted awareness and/or offered an innovative solution to the social problem studied. The following is the link to the creative media project:

1.  Black Injustices in the Criminal Justice System
Primary Author:  Deshun Coonrod, Sociology Major

For questions about the event, please contact Amy Hill at or 372-3464.   

2022 Winners2022 Proceedings  |  Online Journal Proceedings  |  Photos

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  • 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. 


    • 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.
    • Advisors will receive a notification of each abstract submission for which they are listed as faculty advisor; they will be asked to sign off on the submission through DocuSign or can opt out of signing and can download a copy of the submission. 
    • 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.
    • Abstracts should be limited to 250 words or less.
    • 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 abstract submission deadline of March 9, 2022.
    • All Research and Creative Inquiry Day communications will be sent to the email provided for the primary author during submission, so please double-check the accuracy of that email address when completing the abstract submission form. 


    • 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


    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 

    • Content from previous years' poster workshops 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) for a virtual or in-person session.
    • 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 

    Abstract submission portal (The abstract submission portal has closed.)

  • Judging Registration

     Judge registration link  (The judging registration portal is now closed.  Thank you all so much for your support.)

  • Research Day Archive 

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


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