College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Spring Research Conference

The Spring Research Conference offers graduate and undergraduate students pursuing majors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts the opportunity to present their original work in a forum of interested and critically engaged minds that is at the same time welcoming and inclusive. It is an excellent chance to practice public speaking and presentation for those who will enter academic fields or careers where these skills are required.

The 2019 Research Conference and Competition will be held Thursday, March 21st, 2019, from 9:00am to 2:00pm, at the Student Union Building followed by the Award Ceremony from 3:15pm to 4:00pm at the ART Building’s Recital Hall.

In order to participate, students must complete a two-step process.

1.   The first step is to fill out and complete the application form no later than Monday, December 18th, 2018. Completion of this form will serve as an indicator of your intention to participate in the conference, and will allow your name/title of your project/name of your faculty sponsor to be printed in the conference program.

 

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2.  The second step involves submitting your project by Monday, February 18th, 2019.

Your entry and cover page are due at this time so that judges will have adequate time to consider all of the projects and determine the award winners.

General Project Submission Rules

  • Students may submit single-author or multi-author projects according to the practice of their discipline. For multi-authored submissions, the first author should be the primary contributor to the project.
  • Students may submit work as sole or first author in up to 2 categories.
  • A separate application is needed for each submission.
  • Only one first or sole authored submission per student is permitted in any single category.
  • For multi-authored works, submit one application with all authors listed.
  • Multi-authored works will be assigned to graduate or undergraduate categories based on the level of study of the first author.

CATEGORY GUIDELINES:

Research Paper

  • Winning projects will combine original research on a significant subject, based on primary and secondary materials appropriate to the area of study, with clear composition skills and superior style. To enter the competition, students must complete the following:
    • All students are required to complete and submit the COLFA conference application online no later than Monday, December 18th, 2018. Completion of this form will serve as an indicator of your intention to participate in the conference, and will allow your name/title of your project/name of your faculty sponsor to be printed in the program. You should include the faculty member’s email who is supervising your research and we will contact him/her directly. These materials are due on Monday, February 18th, 2019 so that judges will have adequate time to consider all of the projects and determine award winners. Students who fail to submit a paper by the deadline or who fail to present at their designated time during the conference will be ineligible for the awards.
    • Papers should not exceed 10 typewritten pages (excluding bibliography). Students with longer research papers should condense their main findings for submission in the 10-page format. Students may want to consult their faculty advisor for assistance.
    • Presentation versions of papers should not exceed 15 minutes (about 7 ½ pages).
    • All submissions should be double-spaced and organized in a form similar to that of articles published in the student’s field of study. Citations, spelling, and punctuation should conform as nearly as possible to the standard rules of the student’s discipline. A bibliography or works cited page must be included with the submitted paper.
    • A coversheet should accompany the paper. This should include the applicant’s permanent mailing address, phone number, and email address. In addition, students should indicate the paper title, their level of study (undergraduate or graduate) along with their program of study and the name of their supervising faculty. All papers should be clearly marked as entries for the 2019 COLFA Research Paper Competition.
    • One submission per student per category.

Creative Writing (fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry)

  • All students are required to complete and submit the COLFA conference application online no later than Monday, Monday, December 18th, 2018. Completion of this form will serve as an indicator of your intention to participate in the conference, and will allow your name/title of your project/name of your faculty sponsor to be printed in the program. You should include the faculty member’s email who is supervising your research and we will contact him/her directly. These materials are due at this time so that judges will have adequate time to consider all of the projects and determine award winners. Students who fail to submit a paper by the deadline or who fail to present at their designated time during the conference will be ineligible for the awards.
  • Manuscripts must be submitted no later than Monday, February 18th, 2019.
  • Creative writers must submit a manuscript of 10-15 poems or 15-20 pages of fiction or creative nonfiction. Manuscripts must be double spaced in 12 point font, either Arial or Times New Roman. The writer’s name shall not appear anywhere on the manuscript.
  • A panel of three judges will read all submitted manuscripts. Writers with winning entries will have an opportunity to read their work on Thursday, March 21st, 2019 as part of the COLFA Research Conference.
  • Submissions may be in English or Spanish.

Research Posters

  • All students who want to enter the poster competition should submit the COLFA conference application form no later than Monday, December 18th, 2018. Completion of the form will serve as an indicator of your intention to present a poster, and will allow your name/title of your project/name of your faculty sponsor to be printed in the program. The faculty member who is supervising your research poster must also sign this form.
  • Students must submit:
    • A cover page with the first-author’s permanent mailing address, phone number, and the preferred email address of all student authors. In addition, students should indicate the poster title, the first author’s level of study (undergraduate or graduate), major or program of study (e.g. Psychology) and the name of their supervising faculty member. Multi-author posters will be judged according to the first author’s level of study.
    • A summary of the study that will be presented on the poster board. The one to two page typed double-spaced, 12 point font summary must indicate the (1) introduction with the hypothesis, (2) methods, (3) results, (4) conclusion, and (5) tables and/or graphs. Do not submit the poster itself or copies of the poster.
    • The summary must be submitted no later than Monday, February 18th, 2019. Students who fail to submit the summary of the poster by the deadline or who fail to present at their designated time during the conference will be ineligible for the awards.
    • Posters should be organized in a form similar to that of articles published in the student’s field of study. Citations, spelling, and punctuation should conform as nearly as practical to the standard rules of the field. Audiences (and judges) typically read posters from a distance of 2 to 4 feet; submitters should choose fonts accordingly (typically 20 point Arial or larger)
    • The posting space will have foam boards on three-legged easels and clips for attaching posters. To ensure your poster fits the space provided, it should be no more than 48 inches wide (“long”) by 36 inches high. Larger posters will not fit, and may be disqualified.
    • All posters should be clearly marked as entries for the 2019 COLFA Poster Competition.
    • Each presenter is limited to one first or sole author poster submission. In the case of multi-authored works, the first author should be the presenter.
    • Presenters assigned to the 1st Session should check-in by 8:30 am and they are responsible for setting up their posters by 9:00 am at the designated poster area on the day of the research conference. Presenters assigned to an 2nd Session should check-in by 10:00 am and are responsible for setting up their posters by 10:45 am.

Digital Media Presentations

  • All students who want to enter a presentation in the Digital Media Competition are required to complete the COLFA conference application form. This form must be submitted no later than Monday, December 18th, 2018. Completion of the form will serve as an indicator of the student’s intention to submit a presentation, and will specify the student name, project title, and name of the faculty sponsor. You need to include the faculty member’s supervising the multimedia presentation must also sign this form.
  • Students must submit the presentation that will be presented at the conference no later Monday, February 18th, 2019. Students who fail to submit it by the deadline, or to present at their designated time during the conference, will be ineligible for the awards competition.
  • Digital Media presentations should include a combination of at least two media including text, still images, moving images, sound, and/or animation. They should be at least three (3) and no more than seven (7) minutes in length.
  • Instructions describing the procedures necessary to run the presentation must be included with the entry. All software and required elements for allowing the judges to “plug-and-play” the presentation must be included with the entry.
  • A cover sheet should accompany the presentation. (The cover sheet will not be included in the presentation.) It should include the applicant’s permanent mailing address, phone number, and email address. In addition, students should indicate the presentation title, their level of study (undergraduate or graduate) along with their program of study and the name of supervising faculty member. All Multimedia presentations should be clearly marked as entries for the 2019 COLFA Multimedia Competition.
  • Submissions are limited to one Digital Media presentation per student.
  • Questions regarding this competition may be directed to Paulo Villarreal at (210) 458-4290 or paulo.villarreal@utsa.edu

Music

  • All students who want to enter a presentation in the Music Competition are required to complete the COLFA conference application form. This form must be submitted no later than Monday, December 18th, 2018. Completion of the form will serve as an indicator of the student’s intention to submit a presentation, and will specify the student name, project title, and name of the faculty sponsor. You need to include the faculty member’s supervising the multimedia presentation must also sign this form.
  • WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS? Each participant has 15 minutes for their presentation which must include a lecture about their topic and a live performance. Visual aids such as power point may be used, but must be requested in advance on the equipment request form. Students must also be prepared for questions from the audience on their presentation.
  • WHEN DO THEY ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS? The Music GAR will inform you of the results and you will receive your award at the Awards Ceremony held on the afternoon of Thursday, March 21st, 2019 in the UTSA Recital Hall from 2:30-4:30 pm.
  • WHO IS THE MUSIC CONTACT PERSON? Dr. Drew Stephen in ARTS 3.02.10: drew.stephen@utsa.edu or (210) 458-5686.

Work of Art

  • For information on the Work of Art submission, please contact Scott Sherer at 210-458-4402 or email at scott.sherer@utsa.edu

Note:  Previous winning entries cannot be considered.  

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If you have any other questions contact Sylvia Gonzalez at 210-458-4479 or sylvia.gonzalez@utsa.edu; or Paulo Villarreal at 210-458-4290 or paulo.villarreal@utsa.edu.

 

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