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Research and Creative Activities Symposium


Frequently Asked Questions

RaCAS Symposium

What types of research and creative work is presented at the Symposium?

We invite research and creative projects from all disciplines within the University from graduate students and undergraduates. Students must be working under the guidance of a faculty mentor on their own research or original project, or assisting faculty with their research. Dissertation topics, theses, capstone projects, senior theses, original art, performances, media presentations, independent study projects and some internship activities are good examples of the type of student research and creative projects presented at the Symposium.

Is the Symposium open to artists?

Yes, absolutely! We encourage all types of visual, performing, media and recording artists to submit applications. Past presentations have included sculpture, photography, live and recorded music, literary readings, and film.

Can only CU Denver students participate?

Only currently CU Denver students from the Denver Campus or Anschutz Medical Campus may apply for this event. If you have recently graduated, you may present a research or creative project that you completed while you were a CU Denver student.

Do I need to be a UROP grant recipient to apply for this event?

No. All students currently doing research, creative or entrepreneurial projects in conjunction with a faculty mentor are encouraged to apply.

Are UROP grant recipients required to participate in the Symposium?

Yes. All UROP recipients are required to participate in the Symposium as part of their award responsibilities.

Can I present research I did with a faculty mentor who is not from CU Denver?

Yes, scholarly activities conducted as part of an internship, service learning, or study abroad may be presented, for example.

I am still in the early stages of my research. Can I still apply?

Yes. You do not need to have completed your activity to be considered. Projects that are in progress may be presented as part of the Symposium and are encouraged.

I am working on two different research projects. Can I apply to present both of them?

Yes. It is not unusual for students to be involved in two or more group projects where they are co-presenter. However, it is best to be the lead on one presentation only, as you will be expected to discuss your project with viewers.

I am not sure what to include in an abstract. How do I get started?

Click on Guidelines for Presenters for information about writing an abstract. Also, take a look at the Past Events which will give you a variety of examples of student-written abstracts. Please make sure that your faculty mentor reviews your abstract before you submit your application.

Who reviews the abstracts and determines who will be able to participate?

All abstracts are reviewed by a committee comprised of CU Denver faculty and staff.

When will I find out if my abstract has been accepted?

All applicants will be notified by email within ten days of the submission deadline.

Can I invite friends, family, and other faculty?

Your family and friends are welcome to attend the entire event including the keynote speaker, general session, student exhibits, reception and awards ceremony.

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