Undergraduate research symposium returns virtually April 5-9

HAZLETON, Pa. – Penn State Hazleton’s annual forum for students to showcase their research work returns in a virtual format April 5-9.

Held through Canvas, this year’s Undergraduate Research Symposium is open to any student conducting research or scholarly work with Penn State Hazleton faculty. The categories are Arts; Humanities and Social Sciences; and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Students interested in participating must register through this link by noon on April 4

Once registration is completed, a discussion thread will be created in Canvas for each student to upload their poster. It will include the title, authors, abstract and references. There, students will have tasks they must complete while other tasks will be optional:

  • All students must post a reply and upload their poster file by 9 p.m. on Monday, April 5. Throughout the research symposium, they are encouraged to communicate with other participants on their discussion thread.
  • Students can hold a live Zoom session on Friday, April 9, from 12:20-1:10 p.m., just as if they were standing in front of their posters. If they want to do so, students must post a reply that includes a link to their Zoom meeting.
  • Students can record a brief presentation in Zoom on their own time and make this recording available on Canvas. Students must then post a reply that includes a link to their recording.

Posters will be judged by volunteers from the staff and faculty at Penn State Hazleton, with winners being announced via email after the conclusion of the fair.

“We are delighted that we have the use of the Canvas Pride technology to still be able to provide this forum for students to exercise their critical thinking and communications in a formal research project,” said Ellen Raineri, chair of the research fair and assistant teaching professor of business.

Additionally, students can elect to compete for the Mary M. and Bertil E. Lofstrom Library’s Information Literacy award. Students interested in competing should produce a separate electronic document that they will post within Canvas. The document should include a list of references and a brief explanation of how each reference supported the work.

For questions, contact Raineri at [email protected]. Staff or faculty interested in serving as judges can email Assistant Professor of Biology Megan Schall at [email protected]