You work hard on your papers and projects – figuring out what to focus on, researching, painting, playing, designing, producing, writing, interviewing. It’s a shame that your prof is the only one who gets to see the final product. But they don’t have to be.
There are many ways to share – and celebrate – work you’re proud of, including MacEwan’s Student Research Day and a range of on-campus student conferences and forums.
“It feels great to get a good mark, but if you’ve done a lot of work and have something meaningful to say, it feels even better to present it and get more than just a grade in return,” says sociology grad Delphine Brown, who just presented (and won a research award) at the 2019 Ending Sexual Violence Student Research Forum.
Why don’t more students present? Alyssa Kulchisky, a fourth-year Bachelor of Arts student, thinks many students believe they have to write something specific to a particular event or conference, but that’s simply not the case.
“If you’re writing something right now or have written something in the past that you really enjoy – a paper that you love and feel strongly about – use that,” she says.
Still not sure? Delphine says not to limit yourself.
“There were probably other papers and projects I could have submitted over the years,” she says. “Just because you’re in your first year it doesn’t mean you don’t have something valuable to share.”
Here are a few ways to give your paper or project a second life:
Who it’s for: Students from all programs and faculties who want to share community-based research, art and design creations, business cases, original compositions, scientific experiments or any other scholarly work.
What you can do: Apply to do an oral presentation, poster presentation, creative installation or project display.
When it happens: Late April
Deadline to apply: Early March
WANTED: This sticker
If your faculty members thinks your work should be shared at Student Research Day, you may just find one one of these digital or hardcopy stickers beside your mark. Even if you don’t, you should still consider applying.
Who it’s for: Students from any discipline can take part in this annual conference hosted by the Department of Anthropology, Economics and Political Science. Each year has a theme (e.g., metamorphosis, currents, equality) and if your project or paper fits within the theme, you can apply.
What you can do: Oral presentations and poster presentations.
Who it’s for: Undergraduate English and creative writing students from across Alberta. The two-day, student-organized conference is hosted by the Department of English.
How it works: On the second day, panels of students from MacEwan and other universities across the province read their academic or creative work (15 minutes max), have discussions and answer questions from the audience and faculty moderators.
Who it’s for: Any student enrolled the previous year who has a paper relating to the topic of sexual violence.
How it works: Participants deliver an 8- to 10-minute presentation of their work.
When it happens: Late January
Deadline to apply: Mid-December
These are just a few examples of annual events. Keep your eyes open for other opportunities that come up throughout the year, like the Department of Humanities symposium that looked at Food as Symbol in Literature and Culture.
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