STARS: It’s Your Symposium as Well

Michele Gribbins, Online Learning and Faculty Development Specialist
Michele Gribbins, Online Learning and Faculty Development Specialist

This April, Michael Harry, exchange student at UIS, presented his research project, “Abraham Lincoln and British Public Opinion,” at the UIS Student Technology, Arts & Research Symposium (STARS).

When he did so, he joined dozens of other students presenting their research, performing musical pieces, exhibiting their artwork, or reading their original literary works or literary criticism.

But Michael was not be in Springfield. He presented his work from Great Britain.

No matter how far away YOU are, next year you are invited to take part in STARS.

Michele Gribbins, Online Learning and Faculty Development Specialist, helped put the following information together about how online students can participate.

What is STARS?

The Student Technology, Arts & Research Symposium (STARS) is a two-day symposium at which UIS students communicate the results of their undergraduate research, scholarly and creative activities. You can attend the Symposium virtually, attend in person (you’re always welcome on campus!), or you can take part as a presenter, performer, or exhibitor. Registration to present at the 2015 Symposium is closed, but it’s not too early to start planning to present your work at the 2016 Symposium.

When was the 2015 Symposium?

Thursday, April 2 through Friday, April 3.

Who can present at the Symposium?

All UIS students (online and on ground, graduate and undergraduate) can participate.

What could I do at the Symposium?

Students can choose to give a short oral presentation, a poster presentation, an art exhibition, or a musical or dramatic performance of their work. Students also present original literary works or literary criticism. You can find ideas in the 2014 StARS Program.

Can I submit artwork or perform a musical piece?

Yes! According to Abigail Walsh, Applied Music Specialist at UIS:

“Although we haven’t had any students seek us out yet, we are all open to this! Online students who would like to present art or music performances just need to seek out an adviser in the department for them to work with and approve their work.”

What do I get out of presenting?

The Symposium is a great way to build your resume or graduate school application, whether you are in the arts, science, or business. A research presentation gives you a chance to share your work with other scholars, and you will probably generate some great discussions about your work. Often, students get ideas for new projects from questions you get during the Symposium, and you may discover new opportunities for collaboration. Musical performances and showing your art gives you experience, builds your resume, and adds value to the Symposium. It would be great to include online students.

How do online students participate?

We use Microsoft Lync to present your research. You can decide to appear on video or just show your PowerPoint presentation. Either way, your presentation will be live, and people attending the Symposium will be able to ask you questions. This includes other students attending online. For musical performances, you could perform those live as well via Skype, and for art, that would depend on the piece you want to show. You, your mentor, and our staff would be able to make it work.

How can I get started?

The 2015 Symposium has passed, which means you have plenty of time to decide what to do for next year’s Symposium. If you’d like to take part in STARS 2016, first decide what you’d like to do. Whatever you decide, you’ll need a mentor. For research, this will probably be a professor whose class you have taken. Some students present a class project. Others do original research. For art or music, you could begin by contacting Abigail Walsh, and for a literary piece, contact Meagan Cass. For more information, see the STARS Registration Form.