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  • StARS 2014 3 Large What does STARS stand for? Student Technology, Arts and Research Symposium
  • When is STARS?  Thursday evening, April 2, and all day Friday, April 3, 2015.
  • When are abstract submissions due ?  Early submission for abstracts is Monday, November 3, 2014. General registration and submission is by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 16, 2015.
  • Why submit so early?  Early submission of faculty approved abstracts will guarantee you a spot (oral presentation, poster, performance or exhibition) in the conference.  The first 30 poster abstracts submitted will have the printing cost of the poster paid for by STARS.
  • I’ve never presented my research before- is STARS a good “first” symposium?  Yes!  This is a great chance to practice your presentation skills in a supportive environment.  We strongly encourage all first-time presenters to submit an abstract.
  • Who should submit?  Any student (undergraduate or graduate) doing research or creative works with a professor should participate!  Students can elect to give a short oral presentation (spots will be limited on a competitive basis), or a poster presentation of research, or a performance, or exhibition of creative work.
  • Can graduate students present?  Yes. STARs will honor both graduate and undergraduate student achievement.
  • Can online students present?  Yes, STARS will honor online student achievement.  Electronic presentation options will be available for both oral and poster presentations.  Online students are welcome to attend the symposium virtually or in person.
  • Can recent graduates present? Students who graduated in August or December of the previous year are welcome to present, provided that the work was done while they were enrolled as UIS students.
  • What do I get out of presenting? There are many benefits to presenting. For example, a presentation is a good way to build your resume or graduate school application. A presentation allows you to show off your creative ability, and to discuss your ideas with other scholars. Ideas for new projects often come out of questions you are asked, and opportunities for new collaboration are often found. StARS 2014 12 Medium
  • Is ongoing work eligible for presentation, or is the conference just for completed work? Yes, ongoing work may be presented, but it must have reached a level that your faculty mentor is comfortable with and will approve. If there is any question, please discuss this issue with your faculty mentor.
  • How do I submit?  Students’ abstracts must be approved by their faculty mentor(s) who will then submit the abstracts for the student(s).  Abstracts will only be accepted from individuals who hold faculty/instructor appointments at UIS or other institutions.  All abstracts should be submitted to: cswit1@uis.edu. Read more about preparing & submitting abstracts.
  • What is the required format for posters? If the printing costs of your poster are being covered by STARS, you will be asked to submit a PowerPoint file of your poster approximately two weeks before the symposium. The dimensions of your poster should be 46 inches (width) x 36 inches (height). To set your poster dimensions in PowerPoint, go to the “Design” menu item and select “Page Setup”.

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