Scholars' Day Main

Call for Submissions

Application Due Date:  October 13, 2017

Guidelines for Submission

Proposals highlighting scholarship and research conducted by undergraduate and graduate students may be submitted for Scholars’ Day. Proposals can be for projects conducted independently by students but must be sponsored by a faculty member. The Principal Author must be a student enrolled at UMHB, or one who was enrolled as recently as the semester preceding Scholars' Day. Authors and Co-Authors should work with the Faculty Sponsor when drafting the Call for Submissions. Faculty should not be listed as a Co-Author, but Faculty Sponsors must review and edit all documents before submission. An individual may be listed as the Principal Author for only one submission. Faculty Sponsors and Principal Authors will receive a confirmation email upon completion of the submission process.

Presentation Formats

  • Large Poster (48 x 36 inches)
  • Tabletop Poster - standard tri-fold poster display board
  • Electronic Poster - notebook/laptop presentation, usually in power point. (Principal Authors are responsible for bringing a laptop to the presentation.)
  • Paper or Spoken Presentation – Selected scholars will be assigned to thematic sessions in which each scholar will present for 15-20 minutes. Visual aids may be incorporated.
  • Creative Work – A project representing the Visual and Performing Arts will be displayed or presented as appropriate.
  • Other formats can be considered as applicable to your discipline.

Application Submission

Applicants will upload their submission into text boxes on the application webpage. The planning committee encourages editing of the description and abstract to be done in Microsoft Word, with the final and edited product being cut and pasted directly into the website. The components of the application are as follows:

  • Title of the Poster/Presentation (15 words or less)
  • Description (50-word limit) - The Title and Description will be used as the description for the presentation in a program guide for attendees that will also include the Author(s), College, Department/Major, and Faculty Sponsor.
  • Abstract (300-word limit, excluding references) - Submissions should include aspects of the research that are appropriate for the academic discipline and present a sufficient description of the project. References should not be included in the abstract, as they would count against the 300-word limit. Students should consult with their faculty sponsor about the proper format for abstracts within their discipline.  These 300-word abstracts will be read by members of the Research Committee and used to determine the appropriateness of the project for presentation at Scholars' Day.  Please read the criteria for selection below.  Finalists for Best Project Awards will also be determined by reviewing these abstracts.

Criteria for Selection of Posters, Presentations and Creative Works

Research formats vary according to academic disciplines. Scholars’ Day is an opportunity for researchers from multiple disciplines to share research. Selection criteria includes:

  • Focus and Organization of Project
  • Clarity of Writing
  • Description of Research Method or Research Process
  • Statement of Findings

Failure to follow the instructions listed in the Call for Submissions may result in the non-acceptance of submissions.

If you have any questions about how to submit your work for Scholars' Day, please contact Dr. Aaron Baggett at (254) 295-4553.

Review Process

The application will be forwarded to at least two faculty members for blind review (reviewers will not know the Principal Author or Faculty Sponsor of the project). Only the Principal Author will receive comments with the notification of acceptance no later than Monday, October 23, 2017. The Principal Author will be responsible to notify Co-Authors and their faculty sponsor of submission acceptance.

Accepted presenters will have an opportunity to update information and submit revisions following acceptance notification until Friday, November 03, 2017.

Best Project Awards

Each Scholars’ Day submission will be eligible to win one of the three awards for best projects. First prize is $300, second prize is $150, and third prize is $75. Awards will be given at a reception following Scholars' day.


Each abstract will initially be judged by two people: a member of the Research Committee, and a second faculty member identified as appropriate to judge submissions from the project’s field. These will be blind reviews. Each scorer will rate abstracts using a rubric (download it here) that evaluates them on four criteria: organization and focus, clarity of writing, description of research process, and statement of findings. The ratings from the two judges will be averaged into a composite score—these composite scores will be used to determine finalists.


The project with the highest composite score from each academic unit will be advanced to final judging. Final projects will be judged on Scholars' Day by a team of Research Committee judges. At this time, a rubric to be used for final judging is still being developed.


Important Note for Projects Involving Human Participants

Research projects involving human participants (i.e., data collected from people or about people) should be presented to the UMHB Institutional Review Board (IRB) for review and approval before data is collected. Questions about the approval process and whether or not your research project requires IRB approval should be directed to Dr. Rochelle Cade, Chair of IRB at UMHB, at 254-295-4612, email: Download and complete the IRB Application if required by your project. Below is a list of questions that should help you decide if a project needs to be submitted to the IRB for review. If you answer “YES” to ALL of the questions below, then it is likely that your research project needs to submitted to the IRB:

  • Is the research project designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge (i.e., publish)?
  • Does the research project involve obtaining information about living individuals?
  • Does the research project involve intervention or interaction with the individuals?

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