114th Annual ECA Convention

Harboring Innovation

Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor

March 29 to April 2, 2023


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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

Call for Papers
 

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

held concurrently with the
Eastern Communication Association annual convention
Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD
March 29-April 2, 2023

Submission Deadline: December 16, 2022 11:59 P.M. (EST)
Note: This deadline enables Fall 2022 semester preparation 

You are invited to attend and present your scholarly work at the 13th annual James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference (USC) to be held concurrently with the 114th meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (ECA). The USC runs from Thursday evening through Saturday evening, and will include a welcome reception on Thursday evening, an opening breakfast on Friday morning, a graduate student fair, and a closing dinner/awards ceremony on Saturday evening.

Attending this conference represents an exciting opportunity to showcase your work, receive constructive feedback, network with scholars and other undergraduate students, and learn more about the opportunities that lie within the Communication Studies discipline.

There are two submission options for this year’s conference: paper submissions and poster presentation submissions, which are explained below. All submissions, whether a paper or a poster presentation, will be blind-reviewed by three reviewers as part of the selection process for the USC. You can submit a maximum of one paper and a maximum of one poster presentation.

Paper submissions should be finished papers (i.e., not a work in progress, not a research paper prospectus). Accepted paper submissions will require a 10-12 minute oral presentation and will be scheduled as part of a panel consisting of 4-5 papers. These presentations will be followed by a response from a communication scholar who has read each submitted paper.

Each paper should (a) be a maximum of 25 double-spaced pages (not including the references and any tables or figures), (b) be typed in Times Roman 12-point font with 1-inch margins, and (c) follow either the University of Chicago Manual of Style or the American Psychological Association style for reference citation.

In conjunction with the National Communication Association, the USC will 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. This award will be presented to the highest ranked student paper authored by a current member(s) of Lambda Pi Eta.

Poster presentation submissions can be either a finished research paper or a research project that currently is in progress. Poster presentations are ideal for those research projects that would benefit from a visual display. Accepted poster presentation submissions will be scheduled as part of a poster session consisting of 15-20 posters.

For all submissions, make sure that any identifying information (i.e., your name, school, faculty mentor or course instructor, contact information) is NOT contained anywhere within the document. Be sure to also inspect the document and remove all personal information from the document properties, including file names, before submitting.

All submissions must be uploaded through Attendee Interactive, which can be accessed at https://ww4.aievolution.com/eca2301. If you do not already have an ECA Attendee Interactive account, you will be prompted to create an account with a new User ID and Password to submit your work.

When submitting a paper submission through Attendee Interactive, the following fields must be completed:

  • Title (select Undergraduate Paper as the option);
  • Author(s);
  • A 100-150 word abstract of your paper, followed verbatim by the ECA Statement of Professional Responsibility: In submitting the attached paper or poster presentation, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional I/We agree to present this paper or poster if it is accepted and programmed. I/We further recognize that all who attend and present at ECA’s annual meeting must register and pay required fees;
  • Categories, which is where you indicate whether you (and any coauthors) are all members of Lambda Pi Eta;
  • Additional Information (e.g., LCD projector, Internet access; at this time, please note that any technology request is not guaranteed);
  • Documents (i.e., the paper; accepted file types are Word and PDF);
  • Preview, which enables you to review the information you provided in the prior fields; and
  • Finalize, which directs you to upload your submission.

When submitting a poster presentation submission through Attendee Interactive, the following fields must be completed:

  • Title (select Undergraduate Poster as the option);
  • Author(s);
  • A 100-150 word abstract of your poster, followed verbatim by the ECA Statement of Professional Responsibility: In submitting the attached paper or poster presentation, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional I/We agree to present this paper or poster if it is accepted and programmed. I/We further recognize that all who attend and present at ECA’s annual meeting must register and pay required fees;
  • Additional Information (e.g., any special request; please note that this request is not guaranteed);
  • Documents (i.e., a 1-2 page outline of the major points you plan to display on your poster; accepted file types are Word and PDF);
  • Preview, which enables you to review the information you provided in the prior fields; and
  • Finalize, which directs you to upload your submission.

If you have questions about the submission process or the conference, contact Dr. Scott A. Myers (2023 Undergraduate Scholars Conference Planner) at scott.myers@mail.wvu.edu

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ECA USC Poster Guidelines - PowerPoint

 ECA USC Poster Guidelines Word Document


Call for Competitive Graduate Posters

 

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.

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