109th Annual ECA Convention

Building Bridges

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

April 25-29, 2018

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Student Participation


Eighth Annual
James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond
Undergraduate Scholars Conference

In Conjunction with the
109th Eastern Communication Association Convention


Robert Sidelinger, Oakland University

Brandi Frisby, University of Kentucky

Theme for Eastern Communication Association 2018 Convention is: Building Bridges

Conference dates: Wednesday, April 25 - Sunday, April 29, 2018

Location: Omni Hotels, 530 WILLIAM PENN PLACE, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219 

****Submission Deadline: December 8 2017****
(Note: This deadline enables full semester preparation)
Submission email: undergraduateconferenceECA18@gmail.com

Call for undergraduate submissions: We invite you to attend and present at the 8th annual James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference (USC) to be held concurrently with the ECA’s 109th annual. USC sessions are typically scheduled from Thursday through Saturday. The USC will center on the convention theme, Building Bridges and focus on the following questions: How can we build bridges within our discipline? How do we communicate and engage others when the bridges are broken? What are ways in which communication creates opportunities for new connections and for building new bridges? What can we gain by fostering communication among our many communities in order to promote further connection?                                                                                    

The USC conference will feature the best research from undergraduate communication students. All submissions will be blind-reviewed. Submissions must be free of track changes and track comments. Student are limited to two different submissions:

  • Competitive Paper Presentations-This is recommended for finished papers (20 pages max.). These submissions will be formal presentations - authors explain research in a 10-minute oral presentation. Several papers will be presented together around a common theme. These presentations will be followed by a response from a communication scholar. Due to logistical limitations, some papers may be accepted for presentation as a poster (see below).
  • Panel Discussions-This is recommended for topics/issues that adopt a timely communication issue or convention theme where discussion is more appropriate by several authors (preferably from different institutions).
  • Poster Presentations-This is recommended for research in progress seeking input or for projects that would benefit from a visual display. Posters are required, but presentations can include digital displays as supplement. The posters should be able to stand alone in case the digital display fails.

Faculty, please begin to think about your students’ work that may apply to the convention theme and could fit into one of the submission options. Students, think about the opportunity to interact with your peers and communication professionals at a conference.

Please, visit http://www.ecasite.org/aws/ECA/pt/sp/convention_students for further submission guidelines. Email questions or submissions to undergraduateconferenceECA18@gmail.com




****Submission Deadline: December 8, 2017 11:59 EST****

ECA USC Poster Guidelines - PowerPoint

 ECA USC Poster Guidelines Word Document

Call for Competitive Graduate Posters

The 109th Eastern Communication Association Convention

Building Bridges

Pittsburgh, PA

April 25 - April 29, 2018

Submission details forthcoming

Student Poster Session Guidelines

2018 Poster Example


Application for Student Ambassador Program

The ECA Student Ambassador Program is designed to provide Undergraduate students with the opportunity to, without paying registration fees, attend and participate in the ECA convention and experience an academic service opportunity. It is a wonderful chance to learn about academia while adding a service element to the Ambassador’s résumé or graduate school application.

This is a competitive selection process and a limited number of Ambassador slots are available to only the best applicants.

Applications due: March 1, 2018 (early application is encouraged)

The Student Ambassador Role and Benefits

Ambassadors will:

  • serve in an administrative or potentially a supervisory role during the convention
  • serve a minimum of 10 hours of time that will be contracted with the First VP or Executive Director
  • receive a special invitation to attend one Executive Council meeting (attendance is not mandatory to receive this scholarship)
  • work on tasks such as coordinating with fellow Ambassadors to work on special projects or convention planning, serve as a liaison between First VP and hotel staff, oversee student volunteers, interact with IG chairs to record panel attendance, assist with logistics, or other duties coordinated between the First VP and the individual Ambassador
  • be identified on Convention badges
  • have registration fees waived for ECA 2018, which should be listed on future résumés and applications as “Recipient of the ECA Student Ambassador Scholarship”
  • leave with official letter of recommendation related to their tasks from ECA president

Student Ambassador Requirements

  • Ambassadors must be currently registered at a collegiate institution and be in good standing with that institution
  • Ambassadors must be available to attend the Convention for at least 2 days (day and time availability will be considered in the application review)
  • Ambassadors may sit on no more than 2 regular session or USC panels total but will have time to attend numerous panels and events
  • Ambassadors must behave and dress professionally (in professional/office work attire) during both convention attendance as well as after hours events during the days of the convention and while completing Ambassador tasks

Application Process

Applications are due March 1, 2018 (early application is encouraged) to First VP, Leeanne Bell McManus. The student should fill out the online application linked below and submit it. The next step will be to register for the convention when it opens in February - no application will be considered until the registration is complete. (if a student is selected as an ambassador, the convention registration fees will be waived and refunded) and then fill out the application.

Click Here to complete and submit your application.

For additional information, please contact:

First Vice President & Primary Convention Planner
Leeanne Bell McManus
Stephenson University