Click here to view the schedule for team presentations at Symposium

UC Anchor Ballroom - Tables 29, 30, & 31

  • Symposium counts for 10% of your final grade in Seminar, Composition, AND Chemistry!
  • Attendance is mandatory for ALL students. If you do not attend, you will not receive the group grade, so make sure to be there.
  • Each student must sign in AND sign out with me
  • Don't forget your poster! Or any other visual aids you plan on using
  • Business casual attire - discuss with your teammates

Summary of Symposium Guidelines

Seminar is a true academic class where you will work as a research team with classmates to become subject matter experts on a current topic of engineering, in an area of mutual interest. Through individual and collaborative library research and regular discussions in seminar, you will ultimately produce and present a scientific poster presentation to faculty, students, and other invited guests. This is a shared triad interdisciplinary assignment combining your writing, discussion, presentation, research knowledge, and other interdisciplinary skills.

You may choose any engineering topic. Your goal is to understand HOW research is being conducted on this topic. What questions are engineers asking? How are they making advancements in their field and overcoming obstacles to their designs? What direction are they moving in their field and what questions remain to be answered?

The Final poster presentation will focus on one design aspect as an example of how engineers develop new projects and advancements in that particular field. Your poster and 5-7 minute oral presentation should convey to the audience the key background knowledge about your topic, current problems with the design, proposed solutions (including your own) and suggestions for the future direction of the field. Format for the poster will follow the guidelines set at the Writing Center Workshop you attend later in the semester.

Key Logistics: (This section is still a work in progress, there will probably be more added here in the near future)

  • POSTER GUIDELINES: click here to see the Poster Presentation guidelines from the Writing Center
    • Your final poster (the one you present at Symposium) should adhere to the guidelines set forth at the Writing Center
    • Your final poster (the one you present at Symposium) should contain, at a minimum, Title, Authors, & Literature Cited (in APA style)
    • Click here for some additional tips

APA Style

  • Do not allow yourself to violate the Honor Code by plagiarizing
  • You are presenting in a public forum, so it especially important to be detail-oriented and format your citations correctly according to APA formatting guidelines.

The Detailed Breakdown of Assignments and Grades Leading Up to Symposium are located under Assignments & Grades

First-Year Symposium 10% (of final Seminar grade) Your team research project will culminate into a final presentation (aka Compinars) to present to your peers during class AND a presentation at the First-Year Symposium. One grade will be assigned to each group.

  • Final In-Class Presentations (aka Compinars) - Nov 14 & 16 (during your combined Comp/Seminar time slot)
  • First-Year Symposium Participation & Presentation - Nov 29/30 (specific times to be determined)