Who may participate in the Undergraduate Research Forum?
The CSURF is open to all undergraduate students from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak State College, the United States Air Force Academy, and Colorado College.
It is required that students have previously selected a faculty advisor. It is also required that all student presenters register and upload an ABSTRACT of their presentation before the registration deadline.
Typically, student participants are in their 3rd or 4th year of university study (although class standing is not a requirement for participation - as is the case with a PPSC participant). Students should also have a faculty advisor.
When Should I show up for my presentation and session?
On the day of CSURF, please plan to show up at least 10 minutes before the first presentation in your assigned timeslot.
Plan to stay for the entire hour to listen to your fellow presenters in your session.
Note: Presentation times are not provided until AFTER the abstract deadline. Approximately a week after the registration deadline passes, a schedule of events will be published online with all presenter abstracts and names.
Should you need to change your presentation time, please contact Margie Oldham at email@example.com .
Do I have to stay at the event all day?
We highly recommend it!
Participants will experience research ideas from a wide range of disciplines and subjects - and will have the opportunity to exchange ideas with students from other universities.
Review the conference program and plan to attend sessions that overlap with your own interests or that you find intriguing. Watching other researcher presentations is an informative way to improve your own organizational and presentation skills.
If your participation is part of a class requirement, you might be required to attend the entire day. Please follow up with your faculty advisor.
What if I am late to my presentation?
If you are late for your session, you may not be able to present.
This decision will be made at the discretion of the faculty chair of your session.
You are asked to arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of the session in which you are presenting so you can test your audio and screen sharing. Late presentation setup would inconvenience the other student presenters and/or faculty members who are participating in your session.
Presenters should also plan to stay for their entire session to alleviate any disruptions to fellow presenters.
Can my family and friends attend my presentation?
Yes! Please encourage your friends and family to attend!
What if an emergency occurs that prevents my attendance?
Please contact Margie Oldham at (719)255-4552 or firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Depending on your faculty advisor, please contact them as well.
Can I present multiple presentations?
Students are NOT encouraged to present more than one presentation. Our schedule of presentations is made AFTER student registration closes. At that time, the committee takes all presentation applications and designs the schedule of events.
It is VERY difficult for the committee to accommodate students presenting in multiple presentations. Overlap is almost guaranteed and cannot be helped due to the number of presentations.
Please plan to participate in only one presentation if you can. However, if you still wish to present in more than one presentation, the committee will do its best to accommodate.
Thank you for your understanding.
What if I don't get my first scheduling choice?
The committee tries to accommodate all 1st choice requests. However, if you put a 2nd choice, you are agreeing that this will be appropriate for your presentation needs, and you will accept the presentation assignment.
What if I only want to register for one type of presentation?
On the CSURF registration site, you will be asked to make a 1st choice and a 2nd choice presentation style. If you only have one type you wish to choose, just put that in your 1st choice and do not add a 2nd choice.
What is an abstract and how do I write one?
Consult your faculty mentor for an appropriate abstract submission.
Generally, an abstract is a written paragraph, approximately 150 to 250 words in length, which describes the breadth of your research or creative process.
It is NOT a full description of your work.
Abstracts will provide participants an overview of what you will be presenting. All abstracts should be NO LONGER than 200 words. Please do NOT include photos in your abstracts.
Once all abstracts have been approved and presentation times/locations have been assigned, an online book of abstracts will be available.