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Scholars Day Submission Information & Guidelines

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Brockport students, undergraduate and graduate, in all academic fields, as well as faculty and staff, are invited to submit proposals to present their academic and creative work at Scholars Day-Scholars Night 2016 held on Wednesday, April 6, 2016.

Brockport faculty are also encouraged to submit class groups/presentations or organized panels of student presenters in their discipline.

Eligible Student Research and Creative Projects:

  • Produced by student(s) under faculty supervision or in collaboration with faculty
  • Associated with research, creative work, or applied/experiential learning
  • Based on methodologies in the discipline

Types of submitted proposals include:

  • Research project
  • Creative writing
  • Visual art
  • Music composition
  • Dance choreography
  • Theatrical script
  • Applied/Experiential Learning
  • Service Learning project

Descriptions/Abstracts must be submitted by February 5, 2016, 11:59 EST.

If you have questions, please contact Scholars Day Coordinator Jules Oyer at or 585-395-2905.

Submission Information:

Please have the following information available when submitting presentation proposals:

  • Primary presenter name, e-mail address, hometown, state, &  zip code, academic field of presentation
  • Faculty mentor name and e-mail address
  • Secondary presenter(s) name(s) and e-mail address(es), hometown, state & zip code(s)
  • Presentation type: oral presentation; poster presentation; performance; art display
      • If oral presentation, other presenters you wish to be considered for same panel
  • Presentation title, activity description/abstract (50-100 words)
  • Special equipment or space requests; other Special needs
  • Special time of day requests (Faculty – “best” suggested times are welcome in order to accommodate class groups and large presentations. Students - only exceptional time constraints are favorably considered.)

Activity Description/Abstract Guidelines

Activity Description/Abstract should clearly and concisely:

  • Describe the activity and purpose
  • Identify the central research question, objective/goals, or thesis of the project
  • Summarize the methodology and/or findings if the research or creative work
  • State conclusions, signigicance, and/or current state of the project

In addition:

  • Titles should be bolded, short and specific, and in mixed UPPER and lower case letters.
  • Abstract/Description length should be 50-100 words.
  • Include plain text only- DO NOT include tables, charts, pictures, foreign characters, or scientific symbols.
  • The title and description/abstract will appear in the online conference program exactly as submitted; please double check spelling, punctuation, and clarity of prose.

Submission Format & Examples:

~ Student Submitter ~

Barbi-Ann Clifton, Dr. Kristen Proehl,
Jamestown, NY 14701 English Literature
  Oral Presentaion

Activity/Project Title: “The Creature Standing Before Me”: Identity Formation and Gender Performance in "The Hunger Games"

This paper focuses on the identity formation of Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games", demonstrating how societal expectations and patriarchal norms complicate a young woman’s representation of the gendered self. By analyzing Katniss’s transformation from a tomboy living in poverty to the most influential young woman in the Capitol, the writer not only explores conflicting elements of gender formation, but also the inherent value of performing femininity to subvert the patriarchal order. As a corollary, the writer argues that by consciously manipulating her appearance and strategizing her behavior, Katniss creates a multi-layered identity that augments traditional displays of femininity by tapping into the unconventional, masculine-coded characteristics that intrinsically define her. Furthermore, the essay draws on theories of identity formation by Jacques Lacan and Judith Butler to demonstrate how Katniss’s radical coming-of-age experience allows her to transcend the patriarchal order through manipulation of gender expectations and control of personal image.


~ Submission Instructions for Faculty with One Session Presented Together by an Entire Class ~

In order to effectively communicate with students who will be presenting together for your class, and send them materials in advance of Scholars Day, we need to have their e-mail addresses .

There are two options:

  1. Have all your participating students' e-mail addresses available, and submit them to us through the Call for Participation form.  (This first method is greatly appreciated.)
  2. Email me a copy of a student roster that includes names and e-mail addresses.

When you fill out the Call for Participation form:

  1. List yourself as the Primary Presenter.
  2. Under "Other Presenters":
    • If you are submitting your students' information online, indicate the total number of students participating in the session by "How many others?" Leave the course number blank.
    • If you are emailing us a student roster, indicate the course number instead. Leave the other box blank.
  3. Leave the "Faculty/Staff Sponsor" section blank.
  4. Under "Other Information,” note any preferences for time or location.
  5. Provide information on your student participants:
    • If you are submitting your students' information online, you will get a second form to fill in student information.
    • If you are emailing us a student roster, please be sure to include student names and e-mails, include the course and the presentation information on the cover page, and email the roster to

If your students will presenting on different topics, with each individual or group having a separate title and abstract, use these instructions instead.

EXAMPLES - Abstract/Description of Group/Class Project:

Dr. Paul Brown,
English - Creative Writing
Group Oral Presentation (8 students - class roster emailed)

 Activity/Project Title: "Spock's Eyebrow: Poetic Inspiration from Roddenberry's Universe"

 Students will read their original poetry inspired by an adolescent love of fan fiction. This creative group project explores the idea of universality in Vulcan and Romulan haiku. In considering the various cultures and subcultures of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek series, we note the stressed and unstressed syllables of the haiku as they echo the subtle nuances of the pon farr ritual in relational dynamics; the inherent tension between male and female, between Vulcan and Romulan society. Cultural aspects of these two species, developed by the narrative of Roddenberry's work and understood to share ancestral roots, are implied within the poetic text.


Dr. Neal Keating,  
Group Oral Presentation (12 students)

Activity/Project Title: "Living in the Anthropocene: What Does it Mean?”

A class presentation of the Anthropocene, a concept that proposes we have entered a new geological epoch or era on planet Earth, triggered by the activities of a single species: the humans. This session explores what "the Anthropocene" means for life today, and tomorrow.

If you have any questions, please contact Jules Oyer at or (585) 395-2905.

Last Updated 11/2/15