2017 CCCC Undergraduate Researcher Poster Session – Call for Proposals

Proposals due via online submission by November 28, 2016

Portland, Oregon | Conference on College Composition and Communication | March 16, 2017 (10:30-11:45 AM)

We invite proposals for the Undergraduate Researcher Poster Session at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) on March 16, 2017, in Portland, Oregon. The poster session showcases undergraduate research in writing studies, rhetoric and composition, professional writing, and related areas of study.

CCCC  is an annual convention for academics interested in all aspects of teaching and researching writing. It routinely attracts 3,000 attendees, ranging from professors to undergraduate students. This year’s conference theme focuses on “Cultivating Capacity, Creating Change.” Undergraduate researcher posters are not restricted to that theme, but may respond to it. Carolyn Calhoon-Dillahunt, the 2017 Program Chair, writes

My goal for CCCC 2017 is to use the Convention as a space to cultivate members and member capacity for action. To achieve this involves reenvisioning the first “C” in CCCC, Conference, as more than an association of professionals, but a “meeting of minds,” and it involves engaging as a “conference,” as the etymology of conference suggests, coming together to discuss and work on shared interests and issues. To that end, I would like to build upon the transformative work of my immediate predecessors to encourage innovative and interactive session proposals, to create space within the program for the less structured, grassroots exchanges among members, and to plan a Convention that utilizes our time together to the fullest, from Wednesday’s preconvention workshops through Saturday’s closing events.

The Undergraduate Researcher Poster Session provides a call to action for students to share the questions about writing and rhetoric that you are cultivating from your unique perspective as you begin to enter the field.

The annual poster session was initiated at the 2012 CCCC to encourage undergraduate participation in the conference; to attract younger members who are contemplating further education and careers in rhetoric and composition; to extend the organization’s diversity; and to examine, support, and represent the growing presence of undergraduate research in rhetoric, composition, and communication. In the context of these ongoing discussions, this poster session showcases the field’s premier undergraduate researchers and their projects.

The Undergraduate Researcher Poster Session is organized by a multi-institutional team of faculty and students, including undergraduate and graduate students who presented at the prior undergraduate researcher poster sessions; members of the special interest group on undergraduate research; and members of the Committee on Undergraduate Research.

To be considered for this poster session, submit a presentation title and a 400-word proposal that:

  • Explains your research project,
  • Indicates the anticipated status of the project by March 2017 (note that projects may just be beginning, or still in-progress, when you submit this proposal), and
  • Discusses your interest in sharing your research with CCCC attendees.

Submit proposals via the online submission form by 11:59 PM EST on November 28th. Proposals will be reviewed by the Poster Session Planning Team identified below, and applicants will be notified about the status of their proposals by mid-December.

To help accepted presenters prepare for the poster session, in early January the Planning Team will share strategies for designing posters. Accepted presenters also will be invited to participate in an online peer review of poster drafts in late February.

The 2012 poster session was highlighted in a Kairos review (see http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/CCCCReviews/2012SE1Roser). Learn more about the previous poster sessions and past presenters on the Undergraduate Research in Writing Studies website. Undergraduate presenters from all five years have proposed papers or panels for subsequent conferences – and appeared on the CCCC program in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

If you have questions about the poster session or about the proposal process, please contact Jessie L. Moore at jmoore28@elon.edu. We look forward to learning about your undergraduate research projects!

CCCC Undergraduate Researcher Poster Session Planning Team:

  • Julia Bleakney, Director of the Writing Center, Elon University
  • Kennady Gales, Student, University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • Jane Greer, Director of Undergraduate Research, and English and Women’s & Gender Studies Faculty, University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • Sarah “Abby” Jamison, Student, University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • Kim Lilienthal, 2014 Presenter, M.A. in Rhetoric & Composition from North Carolina State University
  • Logann Merritt, Student, University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • Jessie L. Moore, Director of the Center for Engaged Learning and Professional Writing & Rhetoric Faculty, Elon University
  • Timothy Oleksiak, Writing in the Disciplines Coordinator, Bloomsburg University
  • Paula Rosinski, Writing Across the University Director and Professional Writing & Rhetoric Faculty, Elon University
  • Megan Schoettler, 2014 Presenter and Rhetoric & Composition Graduate Student at Miami University, Ohio
  • Hannah Silvers, Professional Writing & Rhetoric Senior, Elon University