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SEARCH Symposium

What is SEARCH?

SEARCH is the annual academic event and competition showcasing outstanding student work at Asbury University. In addition to the student showcase, we invite internationally known guests to come for keynote discussions during the event, which are open to the public.

The top three competition winners will receive:

  • 1st place: $1000
  • 2nd place: $500
  • 3rd place: $500

Why SEARCH matters to you

If you’re a student, you may be asking “why should I enter this competition”? We can think of some great reasons!

  • You’ll get to share all that great work that you have already done as a student!
  • You’ll be able to add a professional presentation to your resume (which looks great to employers and graduate schools alike).
  • You’ll get to work a little more with your favorite professor as you prepare.
  • You’ll get to hang out and learn from your friends and their great work.

SEARCH 2019 Schedule

April 11, 2019

Noon – Scholar-Leaders Forum Luncheon (by invitation only)
3 p.m. – Faculty Panel Discussion in the Student Center
7 p.m. – Presentation by Dr. James K. A. Smith in Jameson Recital Hall
8 p.m. – Student Poster Presentation in Kinlaw Library

 

Commonly asked questions:

Q. What are the important deadlines?

Monday, April 1, 2019 at 5 p.m. – Registration, papers, and posters due

Q. What is the schedule for this year’s event?

This year’s SEARCH event is April 11, 2019 and schedule is as follows:

  • 12 p.m. Scholar-Leaders Forum Luncheon (by invitation only)
  • 3 p.m. Faculty Panel Discussion in the Student Center
  • 7 p.m. Presentation by Dr. James K. A. Smith in Jameson Recital Hall
  • 8 p.m. Student Poster Presentations in Kinlaw Library

Q. What can I submit? I’m not sure I’ve done anything that would count as “research”.

Any paper you did for a class or independent project at Asbury is eligible!

Q. How do you contact a professor to help you?

Send an email to them or visit them at office hours, and just say you were thinking about submitting the paper you wrote in their class to SEARCH. If you are not sure who to ask, try one of the faculty listed in our FAQ.

Q. What all do I have to do to participate and/or compete? How much time will it take?

If you want to participate without entering the competition, after registration you will have to create a poster (poster details here) to represent your paper. Previous participants have described poster creation taking 2-3 hours. You can make your poster from scratch or use one of our handy templates.

If you want to compete, you’ll need to do the poster as well as work with your faculty sponsor to make edits on your paper.

Q. Where can I get help?

You can talk to your professor or Dr. Janet Dean for help on this process. You can also attend a SEARCH workshop given by the Center for Academic Excellence in Kinlaw Library.

Q. I’m not planning to participate, but I’d like to come see everything! Is it open to the public?

You are welcome and encouraged to come to the speaking events as well as the poster session where students will be presenting their work. Please see the exact dates and times above.

Have more questions? Visit our FAQ or contact Dr. Janet Dean.