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Spring 2006 University Writing and Research Symposium
The George Washington University

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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GENERAL

  1. What is the Symposium?
  2. When and where will the Symposium happen?
  3. How does the Symposium work?
  4. How do I get there / find my session?
  5. What is a capstone event?

PROPOSALS

  1. When are Symposium proprosals due?
  2. Who can submit proposals?
  3. How do I submit a proposal?
  4. How do I write a proposal letter?
  5. How do I fill out the cover sheet?
  6. Who reviews the proposals?
  7. When will selected presenters be notified?

EVENT (APRIL 26-28)

  1. I'm a presenter: Where do I go?
  2. I'm a presenter: What do I do?

  3. I'm a moderator: Where do I go?
  4. I'm a moderator: What do I do?

  5. I'm an attendee: Where do I go?
  6. I'm an attendee: What do I do?

GENERAL

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  1. What is the Symposium?
  2. When and where will the Symposium happen?
  3. How does the Symposium work?
  4. How do I get there / find my session?
  5. What is a capstone event?
  1. What is the University Writing and Research Symposium?

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    The University Writing and Research Symposium is an annual event at The George Washington University, organized by the First-Year Writing faculty of the University Writing Program (UWP). It provides a forum for the public discussion of scholarship and writing that first-year students have begun in their UW20 classes. This capstone event is an opportunity for students and faculty to see what their peers in other first-year writing courses are doing and to get useful, eye-opening feedback on their own work.

  2. When and where will the Symposium happen?

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    The Spring 2006 University Writing and Research Symposium will be held on Wednesday through Friday, April 26-28, in locations on both the Mount Vernon and Foggy Bottom campuses of The George Washington University. Check the program (to be published Wednesday, April 19) for session details and the Map and Directions page of this site for room locations.

  3. How do I get to the Symposium / Find my session?

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    See the Map and Directions page of this site for campus locations, driving directions, parking information, and information on the "Vern Express" shuttle that runs regularly between Symposium locations on the the Mount Vernon and Foggy Bottom campuses. You can also find details about the size, shape, and feel of the rooms in which the presentations will take place for both the Mount Vernon and Foggy Bottom campuses.

  4. How does the Symposium work?

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    Starting from the premise that Writing is a social act in which writers shape audiences, and audiences in turn shape writing a review panel of UWP faculty choose from among proposals submitted by Spring semester UW20 students. Those students whose work is selected will present in sessions along with students from across the UW20 program, with the discussion moderated by scholars and writers drawn from the faculty of The George Washington University and members of the D.C.-area professional community. Sessions are attended by UW20 and other students, GW faculty, community members, and interested friends and family.

  5. What is a capstone event?

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    The first of the stated objectives of first-year writing instruction at The George Washington University is to help our students develop the "capacity for critical reading and for analytic thinking that examines assumptions and evidence, in both scholarly texts and informed public commentary." The symposium is one among several UW20 "capstone" initiatives that aim to provide students with the opportunity to combine these capacities through publicly presented scholarship.

    (Our annual online anthology, Euonymous, brings together a selection of the most compelling thinking and writing produced by first-year writing students in the fall semester. And our Student Lecture Series creates a public forum for select current and former UW20 students who demonstrate a high level of commitment to their writing, whose writing demonstrates critical thinking and intellectual engagement, and whose writing creates an opportunity for members of the GW community to see writing as a public event and writers as public intellectuals.)


PROPOSALS

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  1. When are Symposium proprosals due?
  2. Who can submit proposals?
  3. How do I submit a proposal?
  4. How do I write a proposal letter?
  5. How do I fill out the cover sheet?
  6. Who reviews the proposals?
  7. When will selected presenters be notified?
  1. When are Symposium proposals due?

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    Proposals were due Monday, April 10 at 4:30 pm in the University Writing Program offices (556 Rome Hall)

  2. Who can submit proposals?

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    Proposals were submitted by students enrolled in Spring 2006 sections of UW20, the first-year writing course of The George Washington University. Though students could submit proposals independently, in many sections of UW20 the proposals were workshopped and forwarded by section faculty and peers.

  3. How do I submit a proposal?

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    Proposals were submitted in response to the Call For Proposals (CFP) available on this site. Responding to the CFP consisted of submitting a one-page proposal letter and a one-page cover sheet. All UW20 students are encouraged to attend the Symposium, but the final program of presenters is selected and scheduled by a review panel composed of UW20 faculty from among proposals submitted in response to this call. Selected presenters will be notified on Monday, April 17 and will be asked to circulate a draft of their work among their co-presenters and session moderators in the week before the Symposium. The Symposium program schedule will be published on this site on Wednesday, April 19.

  4. How do I write a proposal letter?

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    Details on how to write both the proposal letter and the cover sheet, as well as a model cover letter, are available on the Call For Proposals section of this site. You can download both a PDF or RTF (Word-compatible) version of these instructions.

  5. How do I fill out the cover sheet?

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    Details on how to write both the proposal letter and the cover sheet are available on the Call For Proposals section of this site. You can download both a PDF or RTF (Word-compatible) version of the blank cover sheet.

  6. Who reviews the proposals?

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    Proposals are reviewed by a panel of First-Year Writing faculty during the week of April 10-14. The authors of proposals selected for the Symposium will be notified by the Review Panel on Monday, April 17. The Symposium program schedule will be published on this site on Wednesday, April 19.

  7. When will selected presenters be notified?

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    Authors of selected proposals will be notified on Monday, April 17. The Symposium program schedule will be published on this site on Wednesday, April 19.


EVENT (APRIL 26-28)

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  1. I'm a presenter: Where do I go?
  2. I'm a presenter: What do I do?

  3. I'm a moderator: Where do I go?
  4. I'm a moderator: What do I do?

  5. I'm an attendee: Where do I go?
  6. I'm an attendee: What do I do?
  1. I'm a presenter: where do I go?

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    The Symposium will take place Wednesday, April 26 through Friday, April 28 (see program) at locations on both the Mount Vernon and Foggy Bottom campuses (see maps and directions). An information table will be set up on Mount Vernon in the entrance-area lobby to Post Hall in the Academic Building (large brick building with white columns on the quad). On Foggy Bottom, an information table will be set up in the 7th floor lobby of 1957 E (building housing the Elliott School just south of Thurston Hall).

    [This information still under construction] On Wednesday, April 26, the first session on each campus (9:35 on Foggy Bottom, 10:00 on Mount Vernon) will be devoted to an orientation / meet-and-greet session a good chance to meet up with your session co-presenters and moderators ahead of time. You are cordially invited, but not obligated, to attend either of these sessions.

    For further information, see the presenter guidelines

  2. I'm a presenter: What do I do?

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    Plan to arrive at the room for your session at least 20 minutes before the session is scheduled to begin, earlier if you need to test equipment, set up display materials, or arrange performance space. (See the separate guidelines for using equipment.) Speakers are advised to bring bottled water.

    Poster presenters, in addition to their scheduled session, will be asked to drop off their posters at the University Writing Program offices by 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 25 so that their work can be displayed throughout the Symposium.

    For further information, see the presenter guidelines. For information on preparing in specific formats (panels, roundtables, posters), see presentation styles.

  3. I'm a moderator: where do I go?

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    The Symposium will take place Wednesday, April 26 through Friday, April 28 (see program) at locations on both the Mount Vernon and Foggy Bottom campuses (see maps and directions). An information table will be set up on Mount Vernon in the entrance-area lobby to Post Hall in the Academic Building (large brick building with white columns on the quad). On Foggy Bottom, an information table will be set up in the 7th floor lobby of 1957 E (building housing the Elliott School just south of Thurston Hall). In addition, a moderator's "green room" will be available on each campus: check the information table for details.

    [This information still under construction] On Wednesday, April 26, the first session on each campus (9:35 on Foggy Bottom, 10:00 on Mount Vernon) will be devoted to an orientation / meet-and-greet session a good chance to arrange a meeting with your session presenters ahead of time. You are cordially invited, but not obligated, to attend either of these sessions.

    For further information, see the moderator guidelines.

  4. I'm a moderator: What do I do?

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    For information, see the moderator guidelines.

  5. I'm an attendee: where do I go?

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    The Symposium will take place Wednesday, April 26 through Friday, April 28 (see program) at locations on both the Mount Vernon and Foggy Bottom campuses (see maps and directions). An information table will be set up on Mount Vernon in the entrance-area lobby to Post Hall in the Academic Building (large brick building with white columns on the quad). On Foggy Bottom, an information table will be set up in the 7th floor lobby of 1957 E (building housing the Elliott School just south of Thurston Hall).

  6. I'm an attendee: What do I do?

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    For guidelines on active participation as a member of the Symposium audience, see "The Art of Asking Questions."