2021 Undergraduate Researcher Poster Session – Call for Proposals

Proposals due via online submission by January 29, 2021 [Extended from original deadline of December 14, 2020]

Spokane, Washington | Conference on College Composition and Communication | April 7-10, 2021

We invite proposals for the Undergraduate Researcher Poster Session on Thursday, April 8, 2021, at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in Spokane, Washington. 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 teachers, researchers, and students 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 is “We Are All Writing Teachers*: Returning to a Common Place.” Undergraduate researcher posters are not restricted to that theme, but may respond to it.

The Undergraduate Researcher Poster Session provides an opportunity for students to share the questions about writing and rhetoric that you are performing – and seeing performed – 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 members of the Committee on Undergraduate Research; undergraduate and graduate students who presented at the prior undergraduate researcher poster sessions; and members of the special interest group on undergraduate research.

Given the extra financial constraints on undergraduate research travel funds in light of the pandemic, we anticipate hosting a hybrid poster session in 2021, with opportunities to present in person or online.

To be considered for this poster session, submit a PDF file with your Poster Presentation Title and a 400-word proposal that:

  • Explains your research project: What is your research question and how are you investigating it (e.g., what research methods are you using)? Why is your research topic significant to you and to the field of writing studies?
  • Indicates the anticipated status of the project by April 2021. Projects may just be beginning, or still in-progress, when you submit this proposal, but we’d like to know about your anticipated timeline for your project if your research is still in-progress.
  • Discusses your interest in sharing your research with CCCC attendees.
  • Indicates if you have (or plan to apply for) IRB-approval for your research (if your research involves human participants and your school has an institutional review board or ethics review process for research).

To facilitate a double-blind review process, do NOT include your name or your mentor’s name in this file; we will use your Poster Presentation Title to match your proposal with our contact information after the review process is complete.

The proposal form also will ask you to:

  • Identify your mentor or supervising faculty member (name, professional title, and email) for your research project. If you are collaborating with a team, please also discuss your role in the research project.
  • Indicate whether, if accepted, you prefer to present in person or online. Your acceptance will not be contingent on your answer to this question.

Submit proposals via the online submission form by 11:59 PM EST on January 29, 2021. Proposals will be reviewed by the Poster Session Planning Team, and applicants will be notified about the status of their proposals in mid-February.

To help accepted presenters prepare for the poster session, in February, 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 throughout February and March.

Learn more about the previous poster sessions and past presenters on the Undergraduate Research in Writing Studies website. Undergraduate presenters from all eight years have proposed papers or panels for subsequent conferences – and appeared on the CCCC program in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

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