SAS Overview and Proposal Process for Presenters

Types of Participation

  • Papers (oral/podium presentations) are limited to 12 minutes in length with an additional 3 minutes for questions.
  • Posters will fit onto display boards that are a maximum of 4 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide. The Center for Student Research provides the boards and easels on which to mount your poster.
  • Visual Creative works (i.e. displayed artwork) will be displayed as appropriate.
  • Performances and Readings are limited to 12 minutes in length with 3 additional minutes for questions.

Abstracts and Titles

Each paper, poster, or special project requires an abstract. An abstract is a brief (150 word maximum), informative summary and explanation of the content of your poster, oral presentation, exhibit, performance, or reading.

Because the symposium presentations are intended as learning experiences for all members of the Randolph College and Lynchburg communities and not just specialists in particular fields, each abstract should be written in such a way as to pique the interest of, and be understood by, educated individuals outside the discipline. Thus, it should be written in clear, simple non-technical language. Likewise, a presentation title should be attention-grabbing, descriptive, easy to understand, and concise.

Abstracts will be published online and printed in the program, which will be distributed at the Symposium. Before submitting your application, please proofread your abstract carefully for grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors, and then have the faculty adviser of your project read and approve it.

Abstract Submission

Proposals for participation in the 2024 Symposium of Artists and Scholars are due by 8:30AM, Wednesday, March 27, 2024.

Questions? Please contact Luisa Carrera in the Center for Student Research.

Please read the Proposal Instructions before following the link to the proposal form. Pay attention to the checklist in the Instructions. Complete the proposal form below and  ask a faculty sponsor to email only if your project was not previously nominated. Faculty may submit the proposal application on a student’s behalf.

Selection Criteria and Notification

Each proposal will be reviewed and edited by the members of the Student Scholarship Committee. Edits will be sent to the students and faculty project adviser for approval. Presentations will be organized, scheduled, and grouped by the committee. Edits and acceptances will be announced within a week after spring break in March.


Contact the Center for Student Research with any questions about the Symposium or the proposal process.