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Spring Research Conference


COLFA Students,

Are you interested in sharing your research or scholarly works?

Are you interested in developing marketable skills?

Did you know you can list conference presentations on your resume or curriculum vitae?

Is your professor accepting extra credit for your attendace?

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the COLFA Spring Research Conference! In a welcoming and inclusive environment, this conference offers graduate and undergraduate students pursuing majors within COLFA the opportunity to present their original work in a forum of interested and critically engaged minds. Students work with a faculty member to develop their research presentations, scholarly projects, performances, and other creative works, which provides an excellent opportunity for them to develop (or strengthen) a relationship with a faculty member. Such relationships can be critical for letters of recommendation for future job applications and graduate school. In addition, this conference is an excellent chance to develop marketable skills, such as engaging in critical thinking/problem solving, developing oral and written communication skills, learning about global/intercultural fluency, and (new this year!) working on team collaborations with other students who share your interests.

Other reasons to participate:

Maximize your resume, curriculum vitae, or academic portfolio by using Co-Curricular Transcript. CCT helps students track their co-curricular involvement, leadership experiences, and any other learning experiences that take place outside of the classroom. Tracking activities through CCT, such as your conference involvement, helps support your credentials when applying for jobs, internships, scholarships, awards, and continuing education opportunities.

By participating in the conference you are also automatically inducted into the COLFA Academy of Undergraduate Research Associates (AURA). AURA gives COLFA and your faculty sponsor the opportunity to formally recognize your engagement in the production of research and scholarly works at UTSA. You will receive a membership pin and can list on your membership in this prestigious UTSA organization on your resume or curriculum vitae.

Talk with your faculty sponsor about submitting and potentially publishing your paper in UTSA’s peer-reviewed Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Works.

Presentations can be submitted in English or Spanish for all categories.

Awards are given to top students in each category, as well as to their faculty sponsor!

Even if you do not present as part of the conference, consider attending to support and learn about your discipline and the excellent projects COLFA students and faculty are working on! Also, this is a great opportunity to learn how students in your discipline present their research and scholarly works.

The 2020 Research Conference and Competition will be held March 25-26, 2020. Details on the program and locations will follow.

In order to participate, students must complete three steps (see detailed instructions below).

  • Identify your faculty sponsor for the conference.
  • Register for the conference starting November 8, 2019. 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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Submit your project by February 13, 2020. Studio art submissions have a later deadline of March 3. 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 (please refer to separate guidance for art and music projects).

 Note:  Previous winning entries cannot be considered.  

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Wonder what makes for a good research project or how you can put forth your best effort? Click on the button below to see more tips and guidelines based on the category of project.


If you have any other questions contact Sylvia Gonzalez at 210-458-4479 or; or Paulo Villarreal at 210-458-4290 or  


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