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SAS Overview

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 bulletin boards that are a maximum of 4 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide.
  • 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.

Faculty Sponsorship

Faculty nominations are encouraged. Faculty nominating students should send nominations to  Students are encouraged to apply without a nomination, but need to identify a faculty sponsor who will approve participation by submitting the faculty support form linked from the Application page.

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 your faculty sponsor read and approve it.

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