Frequently Asked Questions

What is an abstract?

An abstract is a brief summary of a presenter's research, scholarly work, or creative activity. An abstract succinctly covers the main points of a presentation and varies somewhat depending on the discipline. Submitted abstracts will be read and evaluated by scholars in their fields, so presenters should consult with their mentors concerning discipline-appropriate formats. 

How do I submit creative writing -- fiction or poetry?

Send one poem or a selection of poems of up to 40 lines in length or send one story of up to 3,000 words to ursca@whittier.edu. Please send only .doc or .docx or .pdf files. Please make sure your full name and the genre of your work, i.e. “Short Story” or “Poem,” appears in the top right corner of every page of your submission.

How do I submit digital media?

We also offer students the option of presenting research using digital media. Because students create digital media and/or digital storytelling projects with production software such as iMovie, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut, Prezi or Keynote (to name only a few possibilities), these kinds of projects are often excellent representations of twenty-first century literacy skills (i.e., the ability to use digital, visual, textual, and technological tools in learning); and of course the best examples illustrate content in engaging ways by embedding multimedia components like animations, video, and/or audio. The format for presenting digital stories will be: oral introduction of research (5 minutes), show digital story (7 minutes) , questions from audience (3 minutes) for a total of 15 minutes. To submit a digital story, click Submitting a Digital Story. For questions or further information on presenting with a digital media project, please email schaidez@whittier.edu.

How will I be notified of abstract receipt and acceptance?

You will be notified of receipt of your abstract submission electronically using the email address entered on your submission form. If you enter an incorrect address, you will NOT receive notification. A copy of your abstract will be emailed to your faculty mentor. An abstract reviewer who is familiar with your discipline will be assigned to provide anonymous editorial comments on your submitted abstract. You will be notified by email when the reviewer has made a decision to ask for revisions, accept the abstract as is, or reject the abstract.  If revisions are called for, you must read the reviewers comments and revise your abstract accordingly in order for your abstract to be accepted.  After final acceptance of your abstract, you must Register for the conference, at this website, to be included in the program schedule.