UMaine Student Symposium: Research and Creative Activity (UMSS)



For information on the 2019 UMaine Student Symposium please visit the UMSS Homepage.

You can use the hashtag #UMSS19 on Facebook and Twitter to post about this upcoming year’s 2019 UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS) as part of Maine Impact Week. For further information and to submit a proposal, please go to the Maine Impact Week website.


Abstract Submission Guidelines and Criteria

The following information provides you with the criteria that must be met when submitting your abstract:
Abstract Summary. The abstract summary should contain enough information about your research and scholarly activities to allow assignment of proper judges that are well informed and prepared to score your presentation on the event day. Limit the abstract to only 250 words. An additional 100 characters are allotted for Acknowledgments and References.
Clarity. Your work will be judged based on both the submitted abstract and your presentation on the day of the event. You need to clearly define the research topic, state the motivation behind your work, and the benefits to the academic community as well as the general public. Your hypothesis, methods, and results should be explained in simple and concise language
that is accessible by reviewers outside your field.
Acknowledgments. All abstracts and presentations need to include an acknowledgment statement if they received funding and/or support from a UM unit, grant, etc.

  • For example: This research was funded by the Center for Undergraduate Research 2018-19 Academic Year Fellowship.

References. Reference formatting should be applied as follows,
[1] J. Smith, B. Shannon, and C. H Yu, “Paper title”, publication, year.
[2] Use a discipline-specific referencing format.

Poster & Exhibit Presentations

NOTICE! RE: Poster Printing Costs & Deadlines

The timeline between participant announcements (March 25th) and the zero-cost poster-printing deadline (April 3rd) is very tight. Therefore, it is important to plan ahead and give yourself ample time to receive the appropriate approvals.

Things to Remember:

  • All presentations must be reviewed and approved by your faculty mentor prior to printing.
  • You must work with Printing Services to approve a proof of your poster prior to printing.
  • ALL posters, whether they are associated with a Poster Presentation or an Exhibit Presentation, must be created using the UMSS19 poster templates.
    • Template will be provided in the acceptance letter notifications, they will also be posted on the UMSS19 website.
    • NOTE: Poster-Presentation Template and Exhibit-Presentation poster template are different sizes.
      • Template for poster presentations is 3’x4′
      • Template for exhibit presentation poster is 2’x3
    • Posters are NOT required for an exhibit presentation
  • Posters that are paid for by the UMSS19 Committee must be printed through UM Printing Services.
    Poster Printing Deadlines:
    • Wed April 3, 2019, by 4 pm (FREE Posters)
    • Fri April 5, 2019, by 4 pm (50% discount)
    • Last chance to guarantee your poster will be printed in time for the event is Mon April 8, by 3 pm. You must have submitted and approved the proof of your poster by the 3 pm deadline. Anything submitted after 4 pm on Fri April 5, 2019 is at the students’ expense/no cost-sharing contributions will be made by the UMSS19 Executive Committee.
    • Any posters ordered after the 4/5 (4 p.m.) deadline are the student’s financial responsibility. All posters ordered after the 4/5 (4 p.m.) deadline are subject to a first come, first served basis. Please call for availability for any poster needed after the 4/5 (4 p.m.) deadline.

UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS) Award Recipients

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