University Wide Undergraduate Research and Community Engagement Symposium
Community engagement and community-based learning such as service learning projects are all part of undergraduate research. Faculty and students are encouraged to submit abstracts about their community engagement work inside or outside of the classroom (especially joint projects between faculty and students).
The University Wide Undergraduate Research and Community Engagement Symposium is a chance for undergraduates to share with the university community how faculty, staff and students are applying teaching/learning, research, and service to address community needs. It provides a forum where students can showcase projects that build on and enrich community engagement across the disciplines. It is an opportunity for students, faculty and the community to come together to celebrate the learning happening through service and community engagement. It is a place for students to learn about research and other community outreach activities at UofL.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
12:30 - 4:00 PM
WHERE: Shumaker Research Building, 1st Floor Seminar Room
Symposium participants gain valuable experience in oral and graphic presentation. Students can include their presentations on resumes and graduate school applications. The symposium includes projects from all disciplines, allowing students to learn from each other about a broad range of exciting research and engagement topics. Community engagement projects/presentations are particularly encouraged.
Instructions for Abstracts & Poster Presentations
Deadline: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
How to prepare your abstract:
- Your abstract should be informative and describe the goals and objectives of the course or activity. Why this project is defined as community engagement and what specific social, political, educational, and/or environmental issue is being addressed.
- Use short specific titles.
- Each abstract must be reviewed by the mentor (faculty or staff that approves your abstract) and, when submitted, include his/her signature of approval. This signature provides assurance of your adherence to the guidelines and validity of the presentation.
- Submit the original with the mentor's signature at the bottom of the page, to Dr. Pamela Feldhoff, Office of the EVP for Research, Jouett Hall. Please include your email address. If the abstract is larger than 5 1/2 in. (width) x 4 3/4 in. (see example), it will not be accepted.
- The presenter's name should be typed first on the abstract. Underline names and initials of all authors (see example).
- When listing authors from different affiliations, list by author order, but no reference markers are needed.
- Remember that your abstract will be used as it is submitted; any typographical errors, misspellings, poor hyphenations and deviations from acceptable usage will be reproduced in the program. Also, please include any special symbols, such as Greek letters where necessary.
- When using abbreviations, spell out the word in full the first time it is mentioned, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Do not abbreivate in the title of the abstract.
- An abstract should be submitted regardless of the format of presentation. Students are encouraged to present a poster or exhibit. If the discipline does not lend itself to these formats, an equivalent demonstration of the project will be arranged. Indicate the preferred format of presentation at the bottom of the abstract beneath the mentor's signature.
Sample abstract size
The allowable abstract size is 5 1/2" (width) x 4 3/4" Top, left and right margins: 1 1/2 inches Font: 10-point, single-spaced
This example is NOT to scale.
Do NOT put lines around the abstract.
Refer to Instructions for Abstract Poster Presentations for more information on how to create a professional poster.
Civic Engagement: Using Leadership to Inspire Community Based Involvement in Change.
J.D. Smith and R.M. Jones
Civic Engagement is an essential leadership concept where individuals work to make a difference in the civic life of their communities and develop a combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make that difference. Examples include people active in volunteering, as well as promoting involvement in issues of government, health, poverty, helping those in need, and promoting a positive outlook on the community. Through interviews and research we learned that relationships, personal and professional, are critical to civic engagement. We found that people become leaders when they have been empowered, encouraged, and inspired by other leaders who made civic and community engagement their priority. This includes facilitating each individual’s own strengths and skills to participate in their community and work for change. We also learned that change in society takes a community working collectively to achieve specific goals as opposed to pursuing them unaccompanied by like-minded individuals. There are many resources for those wishing to be active in or learn more about civic engagement. In the context of the Relational Leadership Model, civic engagement falls primarily in the inclusive and empowering components, this includes understanding and engaging diversity and seeing multiple perspectives of various issues. This project helped us to learn that the most important skills for civic engagement are talent development, practicing renewal, gate-keeping skills, persistence, encouraging or affirming others, and sharing information. We conclude that civic engagement is more than just caring for the community; it is the desire to make a difference and encourage others to join and participate in projects that benefit society as a whole.
Preferred presentation: Power point and poster