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2014 Celebration of Inquiry

The Undergraduate Research Competition

The Annual CCU Undergraduate Research Competition will be held April 1-2, 2014 as a component of the Celebration of Inquiry. The Competition celebrates the accomplishments of our undergraduate researchers and provides a venue for the dissemination of their work. Undergraduate research includes original research, scholarship, or creative works within an academic discipline. All CCU undergraduates are eligible and encouraged to submit abstracts to present research that they performed in May term, summer or fall of 2013 or the spring of 2014. Presentations will be judged within disciplinary categories and the top presentations for each category will win cash awards. 


Abstract Submission for the 2014 CCU Undergraduate Research Competition

Abstract submission deadline:  February 10, 2014

You may submit an abstract for either an oral or a poster presentation. Additional information for each format is provided below. Presentations will be scheduled between 1:00 and 6:00 pm on Tuesday, April 1, and 8:00 am and 5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 2. Classes are redirected during these two days, so you should have no conflicts with normal class times. 


To Submit Your Abstract:

Email the information below, as a Word or Text file attachment, to Pat Taylor, patt@coastal.edu by the February 10, 2014 deadline. The subject heading for your email should be “2014 UGR Abstract.”

  • Presenter Name(s)
  • Contact email and phone number
  • Major and anticipated graduation semester
  • Name and email of faculty research mentor
  • Indicate “Approved for submission” (By doing this, you are confirming that your faculty research mentor has reviewed and approved your abstract for submission.  Upon receipt of your submission, a message will be sent to both you and your research mentor confirming that your abstract has been received and that you indicated it was approved prior to submission.)
  • Preferred format (indicate Oral or Poster)
  • Presentation Title (in Bold face type)
  • Abstract (limit to 75 words)



Humphrey D. Umpty

hdumpty@g.coastal.edu, 843-555-5555

Health Promotion, Spring 2015

Faculty Research Mentor:  Al T. Kingsmen, atkings@coastal.edu

Approved for submission

Format:  Oral

Environmental correlates of shell density, wall height, and egg viability

From a very young age, children are warned of the dangers of sitting on walls and having falls, but no studies have identified safe guidelines for these activities.  Through a series of controlled experiments, I have quantified the complex interactions between egg shell density, wall height, and survival, resulting in a table of recommended guidelines which should be of interest to the medical and insurance communities, as well as parents. 


Additional Information

 Presentation Authorship: For the purposes of the Undergraduate Research Competition abstract, the listed presenter should be an undergraduate student who is the primary author of the presentation and the primary investigator/creator for the work being presented. The student is welcome to list the faculty research mentor and any number of individuals as co-authors on the presentation title slide or poster heading, but for the competition abstract, only the lead presenter should be listed. In cases where two or more students have contributed equally to a project and wish to co-present together, more than one name can be listed on the abstract as presenters. Please be aware that if a group presentation wins an award, there is only one award for the entire group.

Oral Presentations: Oral presentations are scheduled every 20 minutes.  Presentation length should be about 12 minutes long, leaving adequate time for questions and transitions between talks.  Rooms will include a laptop with Powerpoint software, LCD projector and screen. Presenters should bring their Powerpoint presentations on a USB thumb drive and will have a minute or two to load their presentations immediately before presenting. The laptops will be Windows-based, so if you built your presentation on a Mac, you should review your presentation on a Windows-based computer to check your formatting. 

Poster presentations: Posters will be displayed for the entire Celebration of Inquiry, but a designated poster session of about two hours in length will be identified. Poster presenters must attend the poster session and will present their posters during that period.  Judges and students will circulate during the poster session to visit posters individually.  Poster easels and poster boards with clips will be supplied for the poster session. You will be responsible for putting up and taking down your poster at the appointed times. Posters should be a maximum size of 3 ft. x 4 ft. in order to mount on the poster boards. If you have made a slightly larger poster that will also be presented at another conference, some creative mounting on your part may accommodate a slightly larger poster, but please contact Pat Taylor for anything substantially larger (oversized posters may not be eligible for an award, but we will make every effort to display it). Students or faculty mentors/departments are responsible for any costs associated with producing the posters.