The GSA invites all students and post-docs to present their research (including research currently in progress) at ...
Abstracts can be submitted (until 11:59pm on January 31, 2014) by emailing a document (either .pdf or .docx) contai ...
It's that time of the year again! The call for abstracts for Meeting of the Minds 2014, the 8th Annual GSA Multidis ...
The conference program can be found here. U of L Students Showcase Research at Community Conference ...
The GSA invites all students and post-docs to present their research (including research currently in progress) at Meeting of the Minds 2014, the GSA’s 8th annual multidisciplinary research conference. Registration is completely free and will include breakfast, lunch, a wine and cheese poster session, and a banquet in the evening, as well as the chance to win cash prizes in a variety of categories.
Saturday, March 15th, 2014
(Abstracts must be submitted by January 31, 2014)
Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge
Meeting of the Minds represents an opportunity for U of L students to showcase their research to the university community and the broader community of Lethbridge. Both communities benefit from this exchange of ideas. In particular, people from outside the university gain an opportunity to learn about the high caliber research taking place at the U of L, much of which is: (a) funded by their tax dollars, and (b) applicable to their everyday lives. The university community also benefits – from the rare opportunity for a free exchange of ideas between academics and the general public, and among faculties and disciplines that do not often come together. Finally, student presenters benefit from the opportunity to practice placing their research into a context that is accessible to a diverse but informed audience.
How do I submit an abstract?
Instructions for submitting an abstract can be found here. The deadline is January 31, 2014. Note that abstracts will be peer-reviewed by researchers from an unrelated discipline, meaning that presenters must:
(a) avoid discipline-specific jargon, and
(b) place their research into a context that is accessible to a general audience
Can I be a judge or a reviewer?
To enrich the intellectual integrity of the conference, both the faculty (including post-docs) and graduate students are encouraged to take part in the peer review and judging process. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your department and position (faculty/post-doc/student) if you are able to assist with reviewing abstracts or judging talks or posters. Either of activities would look great on the students’ CV, and the time commitment will be very small – about 1 hour for reviewers (abstract review will take place in early February), or 2-3 hours for judges (on the day of the conference).
Abstracts can be submitted (until 11:59pm on January 31, 2014) by emailing a document (either .pdf or .docx) containing your abstract and relevant information to email@example.com.
Please include the following information:
Preferred presentation type (talk or poster):
Authors (including presenter and supervisor if applicable):
Abstract (max 300 words):
Note that abstracts will be peer-reviewed by researchers from an unrelated discipline. If the reviewer cannot understand what you did, or why you did it, your abstract will likely be rejected. Click the following link (italicized) to download an example abstract submission: Abstract Submission Example 2014
Being that Meeting of the Minds is a multidisciplinary conference that is open to the general public, the primary criterion that peer-reviewers will assess is suitability for a general audience. For some students, this will mean preparing an abstract (and presentation) that is very different from what you might present at an academic conference within your discipline or sub-discipline.
Please ensure that your abstract conforms to the following guidelines:
1) Clearly and explicitly state the purpose of your research.
2) Set your research in a broad context that is relevant, interesting, or at the very least accessible to a general audience.
3) Use simple language and avoid jargon as much as possible. Define discipline-specific terms if and where necessary.
4) Keep within the 300 word limit.
Thank you for your enthusiasm!
It’s that time of the year again! The call for abstracts for Meeting of the Minds 2014, the 8th Annual GSA Multidisciplinary Conference, will be made soon. Keep checking your email inbox and watch this space.
All current U-passes will expire on August 31, 2013. If you are still a grad student in the Fall semester and already have a U-pass, you must email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line as U-pass Activation. Within the email you must include your first and last name and the 8 digit number on the U-pass. The GSA will confirm your registration with the registrar’s office and reactivate your U-pass. If records show you are currently registered in the Fall semester, your U-pass will only be reactivated until January 15, 2014. You will then have to register for the Spring semester and then email email@example.com again to have your U-pass reactivated until August 31, 2014. If records show you are currently registered in the Spring semester, your U-pass will be reactivated until August 31, 2014. If you do not have a U-pass or your U-pass does not work, new U-passes will be distributed at the new and returning students’ orientation on Friday, September 6, 2013 in the Markin Hall atrium at 5:00pm.