Anthropology Research Symposium

Welcome to the website for the HSU Anthropology Student Research Symposium! Here you will find information on the symposium, including event details and how to participate by presenting your research!

The 6th Annual HSU Anthropology Student Research Symposium will take place:

Spring 2018
Date, time & location TBA


Poster and podium presentations, raffle, auction, and complimentary snacks and drinks!

The conference is open to all students, staff, and community members – there is no registration fee.

If you have questions, please contact the symposium organizers:
Mary Scoggin (faculty)
Casey Dobbins (graduate student)

This year's symposium will be also be organized by students in ANTH 410: Anthropology Capstone

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Instructions for submission of presentations:

Students are encouraged to present their original anthropology-related research, project, or theoretical paper at the symposium. Students may be on more than one poster/presentation, but in general each student should be first author on one presentation. To participate, the first step is to submit an abstract (summary) of your presentation as an MS Word document in the format below. Instructions on where to submit will be provided at a later date.


Author(s) first and last names, with lead author first.

Major and year (e.g., Anthropology Junior, Anthropology Graduate Student)

Abstract (summary) of maximum 250 words. Please use standard margins, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font. For standard research projects, begin by introducing your project, then briefly summarize research questions, methods (if applicable), results (if known), and potential significance/implications. If your presentation is not based on research, modify accordingly so as to summarize your topic and main points/findings.

Specify preference on either poster, podium (PowerPoint/Prezi), or video presentation (see below for information on each).

Tentative abstract priority deadline: December 9, 2017*
Tentative abstract final deadline: February 3, 2017*
*The above abstract deadlines are for presenters that will not be enrolled in ANTH 410 in Spring 2018. For students in ANTH 410, there may be alternate deadlines as part of the ANTH 410 schedule.

Timely submission of abstracts if very important. Abstracts submitted by the priority deadline will have maximum time for editing and will be given priority consideration for podium presentation, if requested. Abstracts submitted after the final deadline will be considered on a rolling basis if space and time permits – if you wish to be considered for a late submission, please contact the symposium organizers.

After Submission:

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the department faculty and/or symposium organizers and returned to the students with editorial suggestions, generally no more than two weeks after the submission deadline. In general, all submitted abstracts are accepted into the review process. Occasionally, abstracts requiring major reformatting or revision of content are rejected or returned for student revision prior to editing. If you do not hear otherwise (usually within a few days), assume your abstract is accepted and under review.

After abstract submission, it is recommended that you promptly move forward with preparing your presentation (see below).

Instructions for Preparing Presentations:

If you indicated preference for either a poster, podium (PowerPoint/Prezi), or video presentation upon submitting your abstract, prepare the format that you requested unless you are notified otherwise. If you did not specify which you prefer, please contact the symposium organizers (above) to ask which you should prepare.

General guidelines: Presentation organization is open to creativity. Presentations based on research generally contain the following basic sections: Introduction, methods, results, discussion with suggestions for future research, acknowledgements, references. This format is flexible, though, and you should use your judgment as to the format that best fits your presentation. For example, if you do not have results, you can discuss the methods and purpose/significance of the project. You can also discuss preliminary results or challenges you faced as a way to inform future researchers. A presentation can also be organized topically/thematically. Be sure your text is large enough to read from several feet away (at least 30-point font is recommended). Avoid too much text; instead, bullet-point or brief statements, graphics, charts, tables, and images are strongly encouraged. Be sure that your font style is readable, and that text and background color contrast well (i.e., avoid busy backgrounds, a dark background with dark text, or light background with light text). Include margins to ensure correct printing (1/2 to 1 inch recommended).

Please pay special attention to including only ethical and respectful content, as well as how your content might affect others – if in doubt, consult with faculty.

Please plan to submit a full presentable draft by March 27 (preferably) or April 10 (at latest) so that faculty have time to review. Please submit in a standard format (e.g., MS Powerpoint /Word, PDF, or mpg4). Additional details and instructions on where to submit will be provided at a later date.

Poster presentations: Posters can be prepared in Microsoft Powerpoint or MS Word by changing the dimensions of the slide/page. Other program such as Adobe InDesign or Illustrator can also be used as long as you can save the poster in a standard format for printing (e.g., a high-resolution PDF). Standard poster size is no larger than 3-feet by 4-feet (oriented in either direction), but can be smaller. Be sure to leave at least 1-inch borders. It is recommended to make use of visuals (images, charts, graphs) when possible. Students will be responsible for the costs of printing their posters – the Anthropology Collections room has a printer that can be used, and students can also print at the Geography Department or FedEx Kinkos. Please plan to print your poster several days in advance to accommodate potential printer malfunctions or scheduling issues. Download a poster template here!

Podium presentations: Prepare either a Prezi or Powerpoint 10-12 minutes in length. If you prepare your presentation on a Mac, please check it on a PC prior to the symposium. There will be a practice presentation session prior to the symposium. Download a podium presentation template here!

Video presentations: Prepare video media (e.g., a voiceover/captioned PowerPoint, PechaKucha, or documentary),  to be played (automatically) on a monitor in the poster section of the symposium. One method is to make a PowerPoint and record it with the Camtasia plugin (free for HSU students). Please use a standard format, such as .mpg4/mpeg. Reduce file size if your video is very large - this can be readily accomplished in a program such as Windows Media Player, and there are many tutorials available on the web (contact us if you need help). Video should include sufficient subtitles / captions that it can be viewed without sound, but you can also include sound / voiceover (audio may be periodically muted at the venue). Video should typically be short to keep audience attention - aim for 5-10 minutes maximum.

A special thanks to support provided by  the HSU Cultural Resources Facility, the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the College of Extended Education & Global Engagement, and the Office of Research, Economic & Community Development.

Persons who require disability-related accommodations should contact the Anthropology Department at (707) 826-4124, or email as soon as possible.