112th Annual ECA Convention

Resilience

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Wednesday, March 24 – Sunday, March 28, 2021


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Student Participation

Undergraduate Scholars Conference
Competitive Graduate Posters
Student Ambassador Program

 

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

Submission Deadline Dates:  December 11, 2020 11:59 PM EDT
ECA 2021: Resilience
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Wednesday, March 24 – Sunday, March 28, 2021

****Submission Deadline: December 11, 2020****
(Note: This deadline enables fall semester preparation)

With questions, email: eca.usc2021@gmail.com

Call for undergraduate submissions: We invite you to attend and present at the 11th annual James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference (USC), to be held concurrently with the ECA’s 112th annual convention. USC events are typically scheduled from Thursday through Saturday and include paper, panel, and poster presentations in addition to a dinner/awards ceremony. The 2021 USC will focus on the convention theme, Resilience. Resilience can be thought of as our ability, as individuals and larger communities, to adapt, recover, or “bounce back” in the face of adversity. The USC invites submissions that focus on Resilience across communication contexts and the ways that we share, communicate, foster, initiate, understand, inspire, celebrate, critique, learn, and find hope in resilience.

This is an exciting opportunity to showcase your undergraduate work, receive beneficial feedback, network with other students and scholars, and learn more about the many opportunities within the field. All submissions will be blind-reviewed to ensure that we feature only exemplary research from undergraduate communication students. Submissions must be free of identifying information, track changes, and track comments. Submission options are:

  • Competitive Paper Presentations - This option is recommended for finished papers. These submissions will require formal presentations - authors will explain their research in a 10–12 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). Please note that projectors will only be available if absolutely necessary (e.g., if there is an important audio/visual component of the presentation) and must be requested with submission.
  • Panel Discussions - This option is recommended for topics/issues that address a timely communication issue or the convention theme where discussion is more appropriate than a single presentation. Panels incorporate several different individuals presenting papers, works in progress, or simply discussion. Panels consisting of presenters from different institutions are highly
  • Poster Presentations - This option is recommended for completed research or research in progress that would benefit from a visual display and/or where large amounts of feedback would be helpful.

In conjunction with the National Communication Association, the USC will also recognize the Lambda Pi Eta Top Paper Award. Created in 2017, the Lambda Pi Eta Top Paper Award recognizes the outstanding research of undergraduates at the regional level. The award will be presented to the Lambda Pi Eta member with the highest ranked individually authored paper at the James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference. Although all students are invited to submit a paper to USC, only those who have been inducted as Lambda Pi Eta members prior to the submission deadline will be eligible for this award.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMITTING COMPETITIVE PAPERS

Each student can submit a maximum of two papers. Papers should be a maximum of 25 double-spaced pages, not including references and appendices, and typed in 12-point font with 1-inch margins. Times New Roman font is preferred. Papers should be written in accordance with the University of Chicago Manual of Style or APA 7th edition. The main document must be blind. DO NOT include any identifying author, school, faculty, or contact information. Be sure to inspect the document and remove ALL personal information from the document properties -including files names.

The deadline for submissions is December 11, 2020 at 11:59 PM. ECA now uses Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. Go to https://www.ecasite.org/aws/ECA/pt/sp/convention_attendee_interactive. You will be prompted to create a new User ID and Password to submit your work if you do not already have an ECA Attendee Interactive account.

When submitting, the following Attendee Interactive fields must be completed:

  • Title (add the communication context of your paper in brackets at the end of this field)
  • 100-150 word description (i.e., abstract) including the Professional Responsibility Statement (see below)
  • Special requests, if applicable
  • Audio Visual form (please note that projectors are only available if absolutely necessary, e.g., if there is an important audio/visual component of the presentation)
  • Main document (Must be BLIND. Accepted file types are Word and PDF)
  • Supporting documents, if applicable

Professional Responsibility Statement: In submitting the attached paper, I/We recognize that an accepted paper is considered a professional responsibility. If this submission is accepted and programmed, I/We agree to register for the ECA convention, pay fees, and present the work. I/We understand that presenters with last minute emergencies should take all possible measures to arrange an alternate presenter, and communicate their plans to both the Interest Group Planner and ECA VP.

Additional instructions for Lambda Pi Eta members: On your cover page, please indicate that you are an LPE member as this helps us to identify competitive submissions for LPE-specific awards.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMITTING PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Each student can submit a maximum of one discussion panel. The supporting document/s must be blind. DO NOT include any identifying author, school, faculty, or contact information. Be sure to inspect the document and remove ALL personal information from the document properties -including files names.

The deadline for submissions is December 11, 2020 at 11:59 PM. ECA now uses Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. Go to https://www.ecasite.org/aws/ECA/pt/sp/convention_attendee_interactive. You will be prompted to create a new User ID and Password to submit your work if you do not already have an ECA Attendee Interactive account.

When submitting, the following Attendee Interactive fields must be completed:

  • Title (should be descriptive and thematic)
  • Participants (names & affiliations- these should all be students)
  • Estimated attendance, if applicable
  • Special requests, if applicable
  • Audio Visual form (please note that projectors are only available if absolutely necessary, e.g., if there is an important audio/visual component of the presentation)
  • Rationale (no more than 2 pages, not including references)
  • Supporting documents that include titles and abstract for each paper or presentation, program copy (no more than a 75-word description of the panel) and the Professionalism Responsibility Statement (see below). (Must be BLIND. Accepted file types are Word and PDF)

Professional Responsibility Statement:  In submitting the attached proposal, I/We recognize that an accepted panel is considered a professional responsibility. If this submission is accepted and programmed, I/We agree to register for the ECA convention, pay fees, and present the work. I/We understand that presenters with last minute emergencies should take all possible measures to arrange an alternate presenter, and communicate their plans to both the Interest Group Planner and ECA VP.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMITTING POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Each student can submit a maximum of one poster.

The deadline for submissions is December 11, 2020 at 11:59 PM. ECA now uses Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. Go to https://www.ecasite.org/aws/ECA/pt/sp/convention_attendee_interactive. You will be prompted to create a new User ID and Password to submit your work if you do not already have an ECA Attendee Interactive account.

When submitting, the following Attendee Interactive fields must be completed:

  • Title (add the communication context of your poster in brackets at the end of this field)
  • A one-page description (i.e., abstract)
  • A detailed rationale for why your research would make an excellent poster presentation (no more than 2 pages, excluding references). (Must be BLIND. Accepted file types are Word and PDF)
  • The Professionalism Responsibility Statement (see below).

Professional Responsibility Statement:  In submitting the attached proposal, I/We recognize that an accepted poster is considered a professional responsibility. If this submission is accepted and programmed, I/We agree to register for the ECA convention, pay fees, and present the work. I/We understand that presenters with last minute emergencies should take all possible measures to arrange an alternate presenter, and communicate their plans to both the Interest Group Planner and ECA VP.

Please, visit http://www.ecasite.org/aws/ECA/pt/sp/convention_students for further submission guidelines. Email questions to eca.usc2021@gmail.com

Convention Acceptance Notifications: January, 2021

 

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ECA USC Poster Guidelines - PowerPoint

 ECA USC Poster Guidelines Word Document


Call for Competitive Graduate Posters

The 112th Eastern Communication Association Convention
Cambridge, MA
March 24 – March 28, 2021

Our vision for the 2021 ECA conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is to engage “Resilience” thoughtfully as a persistent response to overcoming obstacles, thriving despite challenges, and adapting to an ever-changing global landscape. 

Graduate students* are encouraged to submit proposals for poster of their communication research, papers, or scholarship.

You may only submit a single paper (or poster) to one interest group or affiliate organization for consideration.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: DECEMBER 13, 2020 at 11:59 PM PST

2021 ECA Graduate Poster Session Planner: Dr. Margaret M. Mullan, East Stroudsburg University

Planner Email: mmullan@esu.edu

Submission Format: ECA utilizes Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. ECA will send an email to members and update the Convention section of its website with a link to the submission link this summer 2020.  To submit your work, you will be prompted to login using ECA-specific credentials (you do not use login credentials you may have created for any other association, such as NCA, that uses Attendee Interactive), or to create an account. 

  • Edit program descriptions and titles as appropriate for clarity, conciseness, and accuracy when using AI’s “Session Builder” tool. Please follow the example below and use ‘single’ rather than “double” quotation marks.

Resilience in Interpersonal Communication:  A Case Study of ‘Grapes of Wrath’ 

Submission Guidelines for Completed Posters

  • A detachable title page with the title of the poster, the author’s affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and email. There may be multiple authors.                 *Please ensure all authors are students.
  • The word "Debut" if the author has not presented previously at a regional or national convention.
  • An abstract. (Do not include your title and author information in the abstract)
  • A 1 – 2 page description of the research to be depicted, including ideas/questions that will be discussed during your poster session and recommendations for future research.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

You must include the following Statement of Professional Responsibility with all papers, posters, and proposals:  

In submitting the attached paper or proposal, I/We recognize that an accepted paper, panel, or poster is considered a professional responsibility. If this submission is accepted and programmed, I/We agree to register for the ECA convention, pay fees, and present the work. I/We understand that presenters with last minute emergencies should take all possible measures to arrange an alternate presenter, and communicate their plans to both the Interest Group Planner and ECA VP.

Convention Acceptance Notifications: January 2021

Student Poster Session Guidelines

2018 Poster Example

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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, 2021 (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 2021, 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, 2021 (early application is encouraged) to First VP, Amanda McKendree. 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
Amanda G. McKendree
First Vice President
University of Notre Dame
amckendree@nd.edu

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