Spotlight on Student Research & Outreach
April 15-16, 2015
- Schedule of Events (PDF)
The 2015 Spotlight Symposium will be held in the Gateway Center on Wednesday, April 15th and Thursday, April 16, 2015. Posters will be on display from 10:00am on the 15th to 4:00pm on the 16th. Undergraduate poster presenters will be available to answer questions from 12:45-2pm (common hour) on Wednesday, April 15th. Graduate poster presenters will be available to answer questions between 12:00 and 2:00pm on Thursday, April 16th.
The poster sessions will be followed by a keynote lecture by ESF's own Dr. William Powell and Dr. Charles Maynard, recipients of the 2014-15 ESF Exemplary Research Award. Drs. Maynard and Powell have collaborated productively for nearly 25 years, along with a group of more than 60 students. Their goals have been to restore the American chestnut (Castanea dentata), utilizing their dual expertise in forest genetics (Powell) and plant/tissue culture (Maynard), and also to apply their techniques to the American Elm and Hybrid Poplar. Read more here. The festivities will begin at 4:00pm on Thursday April 16th in 408 Baker.
After the keynote, awards for the Spotlight on Students Research will be announced.
Refreshments will be served.
Proposals will be accepted until Friday, 3/27/15
Abstracts may be submitted under "research," "outreach," or "class project" categories. Posters will primarily be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, particularly for posters resulting from class projects, only one to two posters per class may be selected if there are space constraints. Abstracts must include an informative title (200 character limit), a list of authors and their affiliations, and the following in the body of text (250 word limit):
Research abstracts: Rationale and objectives of study, key methods and results, main conclusions and implications.
Outreach abstracts: Objectives of activity, target audience, partners, and outcomes.
Abstracts should not include references or citations, and must be written using plain text (no special characters or formatting.) Abstracts should be reviewed and approved by a faculty advisor prior to submission. Ill-prepared submissions and those not conforming to guidelines will be rejected. A conference proceeding document will be created from all the submissions and made available at Digital Commons @ ESF: http://digitalcommons.esf.edu/spotlight/
Undergraduate students should plan to be at their posters from 12:45 to 2:00 (during the common hour), on Wednesday April 15th, assuming they do not have any conflicts with scheduled classes.
Graduate students will choose a time period when they will be able to be present at their poster on Thursday, April 16th. There are two time periods available: 12-1pm and 1-2pm.
All students must be present at their posters to be considered for an award.
Posters should be presented in a format large enough to contain all the important components in a highly readable manner. Typical dimensions are landscape layouts of 36 inches wide by 24 inches tall or portrait layouts that have maximum dimensions of 36 inches wide by 48” inches tall. Posters should not be more than 36” wide as they will not fit on the poster displays in the Gateway Center.
For assistance designing a poster, presenters are encouraged to attend one of the poster design workshops. Basic elements of poster design will be addressed.
- 309 Baker on 4/7/2015 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
For more information on producing and printing your posters for the event see:
Questions should be directed to Jessica Clemons, Chair of the Committee for the Student Spotlight on Research
The Spotlight is organized by the Ad-Hoc Committee for Spotlight on Student Research, a sub-committee of the Faculty Governance Committee on Research (COR). The Committee would like to thank the campus departments and individuals that contributed funds for awards and supplies:
- The ESF Alumni Association
- Department of Chemistry
- Department of Environmental and Forest Biology
- Department of Environmental Resources Engineering
- Department of Environmental Science
- Department of Environmental Studies
- Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management
- Department of Landscape Architecture
- Department of Paper & Bioprocess Engineering
- Department of Sustainable Construction Management & Engineering
- Office of Research Programs
We would also like to express our gratitude to the Alumni, graduate students, and faculty who volunteer to judge the posters.
ESF's annual Spotlight Symposium is a dynamic forum where graduate and undergraduate students share the results of their research and community service projects. The Spotlight is a student poster session highlighting your scholarly efforts.
The Spotlight on Student Research and Outreach is your time to shine!