Seventh Annual Research Conference (ARC)
April 11-13, 2016
Earlham’s Seventh Annual Research Conference (ARC) will be held April 11-13, 2016. The ARC is designed to showcase the work of Earlham students from all disciplines, as the purpose of research and creative activity is to share our work with the larger academic community.
This conference will allow students working on Ford-Knight projects, senior projects, independent research projects, or even first-year research projects to have a supportive and receptive audience for the presentation for their work. Thus, students from every major, field, department and program are invited to submit proposals for presentations and performances. During the conference, students will share their work in panels organized by topic or through poster presentations.
Research Grant Awards:
Grant funds totaling $1,250 are available for expenses related to research such as books, equipment, supplies, traveling expenses and copying costs. No project will be awarded more than $250. Requests for smaller awards are encouraged. All students who receive a research grant award will be expected to present their work at the 2016 conference.
Complete the grant application at:
Information needed includes contact information for all students involved and a faculty sponsor, a title, a proposal (250-500 words), a budget and a budget justification. Faculty approval is required before you submit an application.
Successful applications will explain their project clearly, with sufficient detail, and without jargon, such that reviewers from other departments can understand both the intentions and importance of proposed project. Budgets must be clearly outlined and justified. For example, requesting $100 for printing will be judged less favorably than explaining how much a single copy costs and why you expect to make that number of copies. If you are requesting software or books, you need to explain why available software on campus is not sufficient or why the books cannot be borrowed from the library or through interlibrary loan. To be clear, it is possible to receive funding for items like books, but you have to be convincing in your justification if a campus resource is available.
Proposals will be judged based on organization and clarity of the proposal, importance and feasibility of the project, and justification of the budget.
Submitting an Abstract for Presentation:
Early bird submissions are due on December 14, 2015. All abstracts are due by February 15, 2016.
Submit your abstract at:
You will need to be prepared to submit the following information:
- Your name, address, email address and contact phone number
- Names and email addresses for all co-presenters
- Your faculty supervisor's name and contact information
- Presentation format preference (Paper, Poster, Panel — definitions and requirements of each below
- Request for video/audio/computer equipment
- Presentation title
- A brief (200 words maximum) abstract, which is a short description of your work. Your abstract can summarize completed work or describe in progress work and what you expect to do/find/complete. It is acceptable to describe what you intend to do. We understand that your project may shift some over the course of the semester and what you present may differ somewhat from what you submit. Your abstract will be published in the program.
Presentations will be on April 11 & 12 at 4:00 p.m. or later or April 13 from 1-2:20 p.m. We cannot accommodate schedule requests. If accepted, you may be assigned to any of the available times.
Poster Presentation: Presentations will be approximately 60 minutes long. Poster boards are 3'4" x 5'4", so posters should be smaller than that. (Wherever you are printing, make sure that your poster is no larger than the plotter allows.) Some students will be contacted to participate in a "Showcase" session for prospective students, which will occur the two Sundays before ARC. If you are particularly interested in being considered for the Showcase Session, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individual Paper: Papers are 10-minute oral presentations with 2 minutes of questions. Presenters will be asked to stop if they go over 10 minutes.
Individual Paper-Senior Capstone Project: Individuals who are presenting work that represents their senior work may request longer presentation times. If possible, we ask that students shorten their presentations to 10 minutes. If that is not possible, then we will try to accommodate longer presentation times.
Group Panels: Students may organize 60-minute panels. These may include a number of related papers. For example, several papers from a Ford-Knight might be presented as a panel. This format is the most flexible. Panel organizers can organize their 60-minutes however they like. Panel organizers are required to name their own moderator. Paper presentations within the panel can be any length, as long as the panel itself does not exceed 60 minutes. Please only submit one proposal for a group panel. Within the proposal, you will be asked to submit an abstract for the panel overall and an abstract for each paper. Each paper within the panel should NOT be submitted separately. If the group is not presenting papers per se, then just use the individual paper section(s) to explain how your time will be organized.
Showcase Poster Presentation:
There will be two Showcase sessions during the admitted student events, on Sunday, April 3 and Sunday, April 10. Participants will be contacted based on faculty recommendation, but if you are interested in being considered for the Showcase event, please leave a comment when you submit.
October 12, 2015 — Last day to submit proposal for grant award
December 14, 2015 – Early bird submission deadline
February 15, 2016 — Last day to submit abstract for conference
April 11-13, 2016 — Conference