University Writing and Research Symposium
CALL FOR PROPOSALSDue 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 3, 2009, in University Writing Program offices .
Spring 2009 University Writing and Research Symposium is a two-day event on the two campuses of The George Washington University. In panels of three of four speakers, in roundtable discussions, in research poster sessions, or even in dramatic readings of original works, students in the first year writing course (UW20) present their research and writing in a public forum that includes fellow students, faculty, and members of the broader DC community.
All students are encouraged to attend the Symposium. The final program of presenters will be organized by a review panel of UW20 faculty. Proposals are due Friday, April 3. Presenters will be notified by Monday, April 13 and will be asked to circulate a draft of their work among co-presenters and their session moderator by Friday, April 17.
A proposal consists of a one-page cover letter and a one-page information sheet. For additional information, and for document forms and models, see www.gwu.edu/~capstone/symposium.htm. These proposals should be delivered by 4:30 pm on Friday, April 3 to either 556 Rome Hall (University Writing Program offices at Foggy Bottom) or Academic Building, Rm 214 (Mt. Vernon).
available for download at the bottom of this page. The review panel will use this letter to match your work with compatible presentations.
Please address your one-page letter
to the following:
UWP 2009 Symposium Review Panel
801 22nd Street, NW, Rome 556
Washington, DC 20052
In the letter, provide context for the abstract you have written for the information sheet. (See below). Specifically, describe (1) how you propose to shape your material and thereby lead an audience to see something they had not seen before and (2) how your proposed presentation frames a critical and original scholarly project likely to engage the Symposium audience—a broad cross-section of GW students (especially first-year), but also faculty, librarians, and D.C. area community members.
Finish by explaining what you still need to do to ready your presentation for the Symposium. Then provide contact information (such as your e-mail address) and suggest your willingness to answer any further questions or concerns the review panel might have. End on a note along the lines of “I look forward to hearing the review panel’s thoughts on my project, and I look forward to presenting it at the Symposium.”
available for download below.
Fill out the serarate information sheet, with special attention to the following.
Title and Abstract
Your title should clearly indicate your topic and argument. In your abstract, in no more than 150 words, describe your critical and original contribution to forwarding, extending, or questioning existing public, scholarly, or personal viewpoints. Write with the understanding that your title and abstract will be printed—as submitted—in the online Symposium program. They serve, thus, as your direct pitch to potential audience members. Last year’s program can provide some guidance.
Provide six key terms that characterize your topic or approach, for the review panel to use in matching your presentation with others.
Presentations take a variety of formats; the following are the most typical. See also www.gwu.edu/~capstone/symposium/presentation_styles.htm.For more guidance, see our resources for students and faculty on presentation styles.
Indicate all times you are available to present your work. Please be generous.The review panel must fit together over one hundred presenters’ schedules. (NOTE: Include any times your UW20 section would meet on these days.)
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