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Undergraduate Research Day April 8 at WIU

March 5, 2020

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MACOMB, IL -- The Centennial Honors College at Western Illinois University will sponsor the Thomas E. Helm Undergraduate Research Day, Wednesday, April 8 in the University Union. All undergraduate students are encouraged to present their research, projects or creative activities.

To participate, students must submit an abstract of their presentation. Guidelines are located on the Undergraduate Research Day website at, then by selecting Honors Events, Undergrad Research Day on the menu. Abstracts are due March 27.

Undergraduate Research Day provides three forums for showcasing students' talents:

• Performance Presentations - Original dance routines, acrobatic drills, instrumental demonstrations, vocal solos, choral arrangements, jazz ensembles, piano duets, etc. Performance presentations may be supplemented by audio/visual expressions or multimedia aids.

• Poster Presentations - Students display their artwork, poetry, project summaries or research findings on poster boards set up in the Grand Ballroom. Poster presentations are not restricted to any particular topic, major, pedagogy or methodology.

• Podium Presentations - Students communicate their ideas, projects and research findings verbally, much like a professor in a classroom. Podium presentations may be supplemented by audio/visual expressions or multimedia aids.

Each individual participant will receive a certificate. All presentations will be judged, and first, second and third place will be awarded for each forum (performance, poster and podium).

In keeping with the wishes of the chief benefactor, Thomas Helm, the following guidelines have been established by the Undergraduate Research Day Committee:

1) All projects should be student-generated research or projects. Students should conceive of the research and develop their projects under the guidance of their faculty mentors, and not a class project selected solely by a professor as part of a class requirement.

2) Students should keep in mind that their presentations should be of a quality that they would be proud to submit them to a professional conference in their discipline.

3) Abstracts must be submitted no later than March 27.

4) Participation is limited to one presenter per Podium Presentation and up to three presenters per Poster Presentation.

For additional information, contact the Honors College at (309) 298-2228, or visit

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