As a result of directives from state and regional authorities, SIRC has been cancelled for 2020. We look forward to the next conference in 2021 at Gonzaga University. Please refer to updates from Whitworth and Gonzaga for information on other university activities.
SIRC provides an opportunity for students from across majors and disciplines, to present their research and scholarship, receive meaningful feedback, and develop scholarly community.
The 17th annual Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference will be hosted by Whitworth University on April 25, 2020.
Undergraduate students from the greater Spokane area and beyond are invited to present original, faculty-advised research from any discipline. Submissions may be original work conducted as part of regular classroom activities or performed outside of class under the direction of a faculty mentor. The standard for quality at SIRC is that the research be suitable for submission to a conference within a specific discipline as determined by a faculty sponsor. Students are welcome to submit abstracts for traditional paper presentations or poster presentations.
Types of Sessions at SIRC 2020
Traditional Paper Presentation
Students may submit a proposal to present a traditional research paper, which may or may not include a visual aid. This category often comprises research papers written for capstone courses or aimed at publication in academic or creative journals. Individual proposals will be combined into panels of approximately four presenters at the discretion of the SIRC Planning committee. Individual presenters are expected to deliver their research in approximately 10-12 minutes, allowing for panel discussion through an audience question and answer period at the end of the collective presentations.
Students may submit a proposal to present a research poster. Posters are self-contained visual presentations of research projects typically displayed on tables, easels, or bulletin boards. Mounting supplies will be provided at the conference. Tables will be available for free standing tri-fold poster displays.
Each wall poster may not exceed 48 inches in width. They often include introduction, literature review, methods, results, and discussion sections, but can be amended to the specific nature of the student’s research. Student poster presenters will be expected to be present to answer questions about their research during a designated period in the morning or afternoon of the conference (preparing an approximately 5- to 10-minute oral explanation of your poster would be appropriate). Students are responsible for printing and setting up their posters in a timely fashion at their assigned location on the day of the conference.
Submissions will be accepted until March 15. Submitters will be notified of acceptance or rejection to the conference on or before March 27. Those accepted to present at the conference will have until April 10 to confirm their place on the schedule.