Symposium Information and Expectations
- Know your audience: The URS is a multiple-disciplinary conference, so assume that your audience is educated and interested but does not know much about your topic. Define any discipline-specific terms and, if necessary, provide a context for your work. Consult with your advisor or professor if you have questions about how to tailor your presentation for a general audience.
- If you register to present, plan to present: Presenting at a conference is a professional commitment: do not register if you cannot attend. In the unlikely event that an emergency happens, e-mail urs@shsu to inform us of your withdrawal.
- Plan to stay for the whole conference: Symposia are not organized (and in this case, paid for) so that you can present your work and leave; they are intended to foster collegiality and to promote the exchange of ideas, neither of which can take place if you simply go to your own session then duck out. Plan to attend other sessions and visit the posters during poster presentations. Join us for lunch: it’s FREE.
- Look professional: Business attire is expected: skirts and blouses, suits, or khakis and an ironed shirt. Plan to leave T-shirts, flip-flops, shorts, jeans, and sunglasses at home. Strive to be well groomed.
- Turn off cell phones in sessions: Be considerate. If you forget to turn off your phone and it rings in a session, turn it off immediately. Do not answer it.
- Be respectful: Remember that this is a first-time experience for almost everyone. Be kind and understanding. Never interrupt a presentation; you will have time at the end of sessions for questions.
- Invite family and friends: They also need to register (go to audience registration): the event is free for everyone as long as they register.
The URS is supported by the faculty and staff of the Elliott T. Bowers Honors College.
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX 77341-2479