Student Academic Conference

Minnesota State University Moorhead


2014 Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars Conference and
Student Academic Conference Presentation Application

To apply, read everything below and click Apply Now at the bottom of the page.

The purpose of the Student Academic Conference and Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars Conference is to showcase the work and talent of Minnesota State University Moorhead students through presentations, posters, and creative works at a one day conference held at MSUM each April. All students are encouraged to submit presentation applications. We strive to accommodate all students who wish to present. The university community, parents, friends, prospective students, alumni, and employers are welcome to attend the conference to witness the excitement of intellectual exchanges among our students. To present at this year’s conference you must submit an application online at You are encouraged to remain at the conference for the entire day. All communication will be distributed via the conference web page and the e-mail you supply during your application. You must be willing to use and communicate through the MSUM e-mail system. Please use correct spelling and grammar, as your information in the conference program will appear exactly as submitted. Please do not use fancy fonts, images, caps locks, boldfacing, etc. as these will need to be reformatted anyway for consistency. It is the presenter’s and mentor’s responsibility to gain approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for presentations based on any research involving human subjects, including such seemingly mundane studies as a survey of classmate’s preferences. IRB information can be found at .

Before you begin

Before you begin the application process please take note of the following:

  1. It is strongly suggested that you complete this application straight through (i.e. have all information on hand and enter it over the span of 30 minutes or less). Information may be lost if the application stays open for more than 30 minutes. You will need to know:
    • Title (already written, spell checked, and approved by your mentor),
    • Abstract (already written, spell checked, and approved by your mentor),
    • Special equipment or other special requests
      1. a standard setup includes a computer, video projector, and internet,
      2. a standard poster setup includes an easel, no rigid backing.
    • If you are presenting in a group , please have the Dragon IDs of all group members ready, and whether each is an honor student or a graduate student. If you do not have all needed information, then wait until you do to apply.
    • If you are presenting as part of a panel with related but separate projects select “individual” and indicate that you want to present together in the special request/equipment section. If you are unsure of what type of presentation is appropriate seek guidance from your mentor and/or the SAC before you fill out the application.
  2. All online applicants must be current students. If you, or any member of your group, are presenting work from the fall but are not enrolled as a student in the spring, contact ASAP to apply.
  3. It is the responsibility of the presenter(s) and mentor to obtain approval from the Institutional Review Board for research involving human subjects. Projects may be removed for lack of IRB approval.
  4. Once you submit your correctly completed application, your presentation will automatically be accepted as part of the conference, provided that your mentor approves. If your mentor does not give their approval, you will be notified after the application deadline.
  5. Your abstract should be thoroughly reviewed by your mentor before you fill out this application. Some guidelines can be found below.
    • An abstract is different from an outline.
    • Your abstract should be between 100 and 250 words and in complete sentences.
    • Students and their mentor should collaborate on the abstract.
  6. The application deadline will not be extended for any reason.
    • In order to be considered to present at the state conference (held at MSU Moorhead this year on April 14th) you must have your application completed by January 31st.
    • Deadline for students wishing to only present at the MSUM Student Academic Conference and Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars Conference is February 28th.
  7. By submitting this application you authorize the Student Academic Conference and Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars Conference to publish your first and last name with your presentation in both print and online material and that you are acknowledging that you have made all your group members aware of this, as well.


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