Research Project Questions

Q. What are the options for participating in SEARCH?

There are two ways to participate in SEARCH – 1) participation only, OR 2) participation and competition.  Note that students who are only participating will only submit an abstract and a poster.  Students who are competing will submit an abstract, a formal paper, and a poster.

Q. What sorts of projects will be considered for the SEARCH competition?

Projects and scholarly works that are appropriate to one’s discipline and that fit within the first two categories of Boyer’s (1990) Model of Scholarship would qualify for presentation. That is, these projects should be examples of:

  • The scholarship of discovery that includes original research that advances knowledge; and,
  • The scholarship of integration that involves synthesis of information across disciplines, across topics within a discipline, or across time.

Note that creative works themselves are not acceptable, but a scholarly analysis or discussion of a creative work would be acceptable.

Q. May I submit a paper or project that I completed in a courses?

Most likely, yes!  If the project fits into one of the two categories above - scholarship of discovery or scholarship of integration - then the project would be appropriate for inclusion and presentation in SEARCH. 

Many, if not most, course projects will have to be edited and revised to reach a higher level of quality of scholarship before submission.  Please talk to your faculty mentor.

Q. How many projects may I submit?

Only two projects and/or scholarly works per primary author are permitted. There is no limit on the number of projects and/or scholarly works submitted per co-author.

Q. Can group projects be submitted for presentation?

Group projects are eligible for presentation at SEARCH.  These projects also are eligible for recognition as distinguished; however, group projects are NOT eligible for the overall award.

Some individual projects may have included research assistants.  In such cases, projects are only considered "individual" projects if the "owner" of the project is clear to all involved in terms of idea generation and workload.

Participation Questions

Q. How do I submit my project for presentation?

  1. In order to submit a project or scholarly work for presentation, students must have the endorsement of their faculty advisor. Your faculty member's name will be submitting when you register for SEARCH. Registration includes the submission of an abstract.
  2. b. Note, that, even with this endorsement, all projects (i.e., papers and posters) are re-reviewed by the relevant program faculty before final acceptance for the poster presentation. Projects/scholarly works are evaluated based on the criteria listed in the judging rubric and will be assessed for overall merit within the context of the specific academic discipline.

Q. Will my abstract be published?

Selected submissions will be published in The Foundry, Asbury’s digital repository of faculty research, student scholarship, and historical resources, if permission is granted by the student.

Q. How do I get my poster printed?

There are multiple ways to have posters printed.

  1. Your faculty advisor may have an established connection to print these. Talk to your advisor first.
  2. We will be working with a local printer to print posters. Posters and the printing fee would be submitted to Dr. Dean at research@asbury.edu, Morrison 309, and she will send these to the printer.
  3. You may want to make your own arrangements in conjunction with your faculty advisor's approval.

Q. What are the important dates for SEARCH?

Registration DUE - Tuesday, April 4, 2017, by midnight.

SEARCH Symposium - Tuesday, April 18, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Symposium Questions

Q. How will my work be judged?

Student submissions to SEARCH undergo multiple levels of evaluation and review, with the top entries being considered for the annual research award. Evaluation and judging of student submissions progress through three stages.

Stage 1 - Faculty Endorsement

When you submit your proposal to participate, your faculty mentor will be be asked to verify that you are working on, or have completed, a project under his or her direction that most likely will be suitable for presentation in SEARCH.  Note that your faculty mentor is the faculty member who is overseeing your work on this project.  Projects without faculty endorsement will not be accepted for presentation nor competition.

Stage 2 - Submission of Papers and Selection of Finalists

Submissions for presentation and/or competition will be reviewed by the appropriate program faculty (e.g., psychology papers will be reviewed by psychology faculty) using the SEARCH judging rubric.  These faculty members will evaluate the papers, ensuring that only those meeting the minimum criteria for presentation are accepted for presentation at the research symposium.  They also will determine the highest quality submission(s) from their program, and this student's project will become a finalist in the competition.  

Stage 3 - Selection of Winner

All finalist written papers will be judged again by an inter-disciplinary judging committee using the SEARCH judging rubric.  These judges also will evaluate the students' poster presentations during the research symposium.  This judging committee will meet at the end of the symposium to confirm the winner of the research competition.  This winner will be announced at the Honors Convocation during chapel of the last week of classes.


Q. How should I dress for the event?

Dress for this event is formal business attire. Men should wear a business suit or dress shirt and tie with slacks and comfortable dress shoes (i.e., no sandals, tennis shoes, jeans, t-shirts, etc.). Women should wear a business dress or suit with slacks/skirt and comfortable dress shoes (i.e., no short skirts, tennis shoes, sandals, stilettos, jeans, t-shirts, etc.).

Q. How should I deliver my poster presentation?

After greeting the person, simply ask if they would like to hear about your research. Some people will want you to give them a synopsis; others will want to read your poster. If you give a synopsis, be sure to ask if they have any questions when you conclude. If they are reading your poster, note when they finish and then ask if they have further questions.

Keep in mind that your research is what matters most. While effective delivery can enhance a strong research project, good delivery cannot improve weak research!

Here are some tips for preparation:

  • Strive to deliver your presentation extemporaneously. Work at internalizing it by planning, preparing, and practicing. Know your material so well that you can speak with authority about it without having to read from a paper or memorize sections. Instead of note cards, use the poster to help cue your memory as you talk about your project.
  • Practice your poster presentation several times (at least 10 times, even 20). Practice it out loud.
    • Practice it in front of your faculty mentor/sponsor.
    • Practice it in front of a mirror.
    • Practice in front of friends, family members, your pets, anyone who will listen.
    • Practice your speech using your poster as an aid.
  • Time your speech when you practice to ensure it is less than 5 minutes in length.

What matters most is your research, what you have learned, how you learned it, and why it was important to learn. The emphasis is on your research – not on you. And, lastly, remember to have fun! You will rarely be in a situation where so many people are wanting to hear about your research.

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