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International Research Symposium 

Fifth Annual UNF International Research Symposium 

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Fourth Annual UNF International Research Symposium 

The International Studies Program and the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) will co-sponsor the Fourth Annual International Research Symposium from Monday, November 30 through Sunday, December 6, 2020

This virtual event will feature over 50 poster presentations related to “Global Religious Freedom,” the theme of the Fall 2020 International Studies Senior Research Seminar co-taught by Dr. Brandi Denison and Dr. Clayton McCarl. The symposium will be held within the Canvas group site for the International Studies Program. Attendees who are not already members of that group can self-enroll . Anyone who self-enrolls can later unenroll by clicking the “Drop this Course” button on the site’s homepage.

Third Annual UNF International Research Symposium

The Third Annual International Research Symposium was held on Friday, December 6, 2019 from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m. in the UNF Student Union West, Rooms 3703 A and B. Students, faculty, staff, and community members were invited to attend free of charge.


The Call for Proposals for the Third Annual UNF International Research Symposium is shown below:


The third annual interdisciplinary UNF International Research Symposium will take place on Friday, December 6, 2019, Noon–3 PM, in Ballrooms A & B on the third floor of Student Union West. All UNF undergraduate and graduate students are invited to present their research on international topics. Proposals dealing with digital projects are welcome. Students may also propose presentations that reflect critically or creatively upon learning that took place as part of study abroad experiences, including internships (reflections on internships with an international focus undertaken in the US, such as those that involve work with immigrant populations, also eligible).


All presentations will be given as posters. If you have never presented a poster before, this is a great opportunity to discover this interactive format. The Office of Undergraduate Research can provide guidance on poster preparation and can print your poster at a discounted rate (approximately $26 plus tax). On the day of the event, you will display your poster (display boards and materials for mounting posters will be provided) and speak one-on-one with attendees about your research (or your study abroad experiences). You are welcome to also display multimedia material on a laptop.


Conference presentations are a type of professional experience that students can include on their resumes and discuss when interviewing for academic and career opportunities. They are also excellent practice for gaining confidence in public speaking and learning how to communicate complex ideas in a direct and concise fashion—skills that can give job applicants and graduate school candidates a competitive edge.


Proposals require the following: The name, program of study (undergraduate major or graduate program), and email addresses of all presenters (presentations may be done individually or in groups); a title (20 words max.); an abstract (250 words max.), and the name and professional title of any faculty mentor(s), as applicable.


Proposals may be submitted in Chinese, English, French, German, or Spanish. Posters may be prepared in any of these languages, and on the day of the event, participants may speak with conference attendees in any combination of these languages. Students desiring to submit a proposal and present in a language other than those listed should consult first with Dr. Clayton McCarl, associate professor of Spanish and director of the International Studies Program. For presentations that will take place in a language other than English, participants will be asked to provide an English translation of the title and abstract for inclusion in the conference program.

To submit a proposal, complete this survey: (link has been deactivated). The deadline for proposals is Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM, with notification by Friday, October 25. Accepted participants will need to submit their posters and payment to the Office of Undergraduate Research by Wednesday, November 13 at 11:59 PM.

The International Research Symposium is organized through a partnership between the International Studies Program; the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures; the Office of Undergraduate Research; and the International Center.


For more information, please contact Dr. Clayton McCarl ( or Dr. Karen Cousins, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research (

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