ACCA Student Symposium
46th Annual ACCA
Saturday April 13th, 2013
ALL OF THE INFORMATION IS POSTED AT http://acca.elmhurst.edu
Abstracts are due by March , 2013
Submission information available at http://acca.elmhurst.edu
(2013 will be similar)
A.M. Founders Lounge - Frick Center
Full Breakfast and
A.M. Frick Center Cafe
9:45 - 10:15 A.M.
Founders Lounge - Frick Center
(Posters must be set up no later
I: 10:30-11:30 A.M.
Session II: 11:45 A.M.-12:45 P.M.
III: 1:00-2:00 P.M.
Oral Presentations will be
held in the Schaible Science Center, Circle
Hall, and the Hammerschmidt Chapel
Food and beverages will be provided
between oral presentation Sessions II and III.
AURORA UNIVERSITY * BENEDICTINE UNIVERSITY * CONCORDIA
DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY * ELMHURST COLLEGE * JUDSON
UNIVERSITY * LEWIS
NORTH PARK UNIVERSITY * NORTH
CENTRAL COLLEGE * OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVERSITY
SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY * TRINITY CHRISTIAN COLLEGE * TRINITY
UNIVERSITY OF ST. FRANCIS * WHEATON COLLEGE
NOTE - THE FOLLOWING GENERAL INFORMATION IS A CARRY-OVER FROM
PREVIOUS SYMPOSIA, BUT MAY STILL BE USEFUL. PLEASE CHECK THE CURRENT
WEBSITE FOR UP TO DATE INFORMATION - http://acca.elmhurst.edu
TYPES OF PRESENTATIONS
From: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
Academic areas: Business/Economics, Computer Science, Mathematics,
Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences/Anthropology
This is an opportunity for students to speak to an interested audience
on a meaningful academic topic. It is an educational experience which will
help students organize their thinking and address groups of people. It
is an opportunity for students to share orally the excitement of their
intellectual labors and discoveries in a formal, 15-minute presentation
and receive feedback and ideas from the audience. Faculty who assign special
class projects with creative, novel or unusual results are encouraged to
recruit some of their students to give oral presentations. Even if the
work is not entirely finished, a meaningful progress report can be beneficial.
Faculty should also identify students who have had a Summer educational
experience or other off-campus or on-campus research experience to report
at the ACCA Student Symposium.
SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS –
The abstract should be about one page. Everything
you submit on the abstract page
will be included on the Symposium CD. Your abstract should be a standard word
processing document (Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, plain
text, RTF, or PDF). Please
do not use Microsoft works as these documents often do not transfer well. The abstract page should
include the following 6 categories of information and separate
each category with a blank line:
1. TITLE OF PAPER (USE ALL CAPS)
2. Presenter's Name, major field, year in college, College or
(Repeat line 2 for each co-author.)
3. Faculty Advisor or Sponsor, College or University
Every presentation must have a faculty
sponsor even if the sponsor was not directly involved in the work being
4. Discipline in which the paper will be
Biology, Business/Economics, Chemistry,
Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology,
5. Type of work performed
Investigative Research, Library Research, Off-Campus Experience,
6. Abstract Tex t
The balance of
the page is all yours for the actual abstract. The text
single spaced. You may include
sketches, diagrams, charts, or anything that can be inserted into
your document. You may use equations, figures, color graphics, or maps as long
as they are inserted
into your abstract. Ancillary material not submitted in the abstract
document will not be included on the CD.
Here are some suggestions concerning abstract content:
A. State the specific objectives of the paper.
B. State where information was obtained (lab experiments,
library, interviews, surveys, etc.).
C. Provide a brief statement of methods employed.
D. Summarize results and conclusions (to the extent finished)
and directions for future study.
E. Off-campus experience abstracts should briefly describe the
nature and purpose of the
group in which the student worked.
If you have any questions regarding abstract preparation,
see your Symposium faculty advisor.
ACCA Student Symposium
Guidelines for Oral Presentations
Oral presentations will be 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for
questions & answers. Moderators
will terminate presentations that are too long and will start each presentation
on time. Presenters should check in with the moderator in their room
before the first talk. Each room will
have a standard computer with projector and an overhead
projector for use by presenters. If you need special equipment, you must contact
the director of the symposium by the due date for abstracts.
The standard computer will be running
Windows 2000 with PowerPoint 2003 and ancillary
programs like Quicktime, Adobe Reader, and Internet Explorer will also be
available. If you use Powerpoint XP or
MacIntosh software to create your presentation, be
sure to save it as a PowerPoint 2003 presentation for
windows so you will be able to access
your presentation on the day of the symposium.
WHAT TO TALK ABOUT
- A laboratory experiment
- A study of the published
literature to find information on a subject of interest
- A survey of people on or off
campus to obtain their ideas, opinions or feelings
- An analysis of data obtained by
others to obtain new results or insights
- A theoretical investigation or
- An Off-Campus Experience: for
those who have had an off-campus activity in their
major field, such as an internship,
field experience, cooperative education, employment, etc.
- Other (specify)
ACCA Student Symposium
Guidelines for Poster Preparation and Presentation
The primary purpose of a poster presentation at a scientific
meeting is the communication
of information and ideas to one’s colleagues. The poster session provides
an opportunity for informal individual discussions based on the illustrative
material at hand. Authors and viewers
alike find this opportunity to exchange ideas highly
rewarding. Abstracts for poster presentations are included in the ACCA Student
Symposium Program CD.
An excellent poster is composed of good science, uncluttered and
colorful design, legibility
and brevity of text, and straightforward
organization. A central tenet
poster design is simplicity. Use a
crisp, clean design and strong title. Do not tell the entire
research history, present only enough data to
support your conclusions and show the
originality of the work. The text material
should be extremely brief. The most successful
posters display a succinct statement of major conclusions at the beginning,
followed by supporting text in later
Poster elements should be mounted with an adhesive on
freestanding posters up to 4’ wide;
either single panels of foam-core board or
folding posters work well. The posters will
be displayed on tables or easels adjacent to the dining areas. On the day of the
symposium, presenters should arrive early
and setup their poster by 8:45
A.M. and then be
at their posters from
12:15 to answer
1. The top of the board should consist of an easy-to read title
that includes the author name(s).
The title lettering should be about 2" to 3" with subheadings ½"
to 1" high.
2. All lettering should be legible from 5 feet away. The minimum
type size you should use for
text is 18 points. Text material can be printed at 12 points .(1/8"),
then enlarged on a
copying machine to as large as 24 points (1/4") with no significant
loss of clarity. This is an inexpensive way
of producing neat-looking material.
3. The component parts should be numbered or have arrows that
lead the viewer through the
4. Leave some open space in the design.
5. Use elements of different size and proportions.
6. A large and/or bright center of interest can draw the eye to
the most important aspect of
the poster. Use of color can add emphasis and clarity.
7. Make illustrations simple and bold. Enlarge photos enough to
show pertinent details
8. Displayed materials should be self-explanatory, freeing you
for discussion with viewers
If you have any questions about content and graphics talk with
your faculty advisor.
ASSOCIATED COLLEGES OF THE CHICAGO AREA ACCA
SYMPOSIUM CHAIRPERSON POSITION DESCRIPTION
The following are guidelines/procedures for the ACCA Symposium Chairperson:
1. The Annual Student Symposium takes place in April.
2. Set date for symposium.
3. Determine university/college at which the symposium will take place.
Determine exact room location and reserve room and all necessary equipment.
4. Update announcement flier and guidelines for abstract information.
5. Send updated information to ACCA Executive Director at least three
prior to the symposium so that mailing can be sent . Information will
also be posted on ACCA's webpage.
6. Review all abstracts submitted and determine which students will
present at the symposium.
7. Make copies of abstracts to be presented at the symposium for all
8. Order and coordinate foodservice for the day of the symposium
9. Obtain volunteers that will preside over sessions at the symposium
to assure sessions are going smoothly and to troubleshoot as needed.
10. Attend symposium and facilitate smooth progression of day's events.
11. Prepare and distribute participant evaluation for the day.
12. Submit ACCA "reimbursement form" for any expenditures
incurred to the Treasurer.
13. Prepare and submit end of year report and request for budget for