SRA 2010 Biennial Meeting Submission Formats  

Symposia: Paper Symposium, Poster Symposium, Student Poster Symposium

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The symposium format is used for coherent clusters of research presentations and theoretical perspectives. The symposium focus should be on a specific topic and should emphasize conceptual issues and integration of findings. Please keep in mind that:

  • Symposia must be organized by submitters and should be submitted as a group of presentations (at least two) with a chair and optional co-chair (see specifics below on the number of participants allowed for each format). SRA does not organize symposia; however, we offer the Symposium Assistant Website to help you with this task.
  • Symposium organizers are strongly encouraged to incorporate multiple disciplines, diversity, and international participation into their submissions. After the scientific review is completed, these factors may be considered in the final decision process.
  • While inviting people to participate in your symposium, please clearly communicate to them that they are not part of the official SRA Invited Program and that SRA will not reimburse their expenses.
  • NEW: Integrative statements for symposium submissions accepted for presentation will be available for viewing in the online program schedule; summaries are for review purposes only.
  • Roles and Requirements:
    • Chair 1 (required): Organizes and moderates the symposium session. This is a presenting role and is protected against schedule conflicts.
    • Chair 2 (optional): Same as Chair 1.
    • Discussant (optional, except in Student Poster Symposia): The discussant comments on the papers/posters included in the symposium, drawing on his/her own expertise; however, this person does not present his/her own research. This is a presenting role and is protected against schedule conflicts.
    • Author 1: The first author is the person who presents an individual paper/poster within a symposium. This presenting role is protected against schedule conflicts.
    • Authors 2 - 10 (optional): Up to 9 people may be listed as co-authors of posters and papers within a symposium. These roles are not protected against schedule conflicts and do not count against the maximum number of submissions allowed per person.

Paper Symposium

  • Scheduled for 1 hour, 45 minutes, at least the last 20 minutes MUST be reserved for discussion with audience participation.
  • Chair 1, required; Chair 2, optional.
  • Discussant, optional.
  • Possible roles for this format:
          1-2 chair(s) and 2-4 paper presentations
          1-2 chair(s), 2-3 paper presentations, and 1 discussant

Click on the links to view examples of a previously submitted and reviewed paper symposium integrative statement and summary.

Poster Symposium. An individual poster should be prepared for each presentation that provides visual/graphic information on the presenter's perspective of the symposium topic. The room for presenting a poster symposium is divided such that two double-sided poster boards occupy one area, and the remainder of the room is set with a head table and audience seating. Posters are viewed and may be discussed with individual authors for the first 20-25 minutes of the session. A presentation by each poster author then commences that may be enhanced with PowerPoint slides and include audience discussion. This is a very interactive presentation.

  • Scheduled for 1 hour, 45 minutes, at least the last 20 minutes MUST be reserved for discussion with audience participation.
  • Each poster occupies one poster board for the entire session.
  • Chair 1, required
  • Chair 2, optional
  • Discussant, optional.
  • Possible roles for this format:
          1-2 chair(s) and 2-4 poster presentations
          1-2 chair(s), 2-3 poster presentations, and 1 discussant

Click on the links to view examples of a previously submitted and reviewed poster symposium integrative statement and summary.

The Student Poster Symposium. An individual poster should be prepared for each presentation that provides visual/graphic information on the presenter's perspective of the symposium topic. The poster presenters in this type of symposium must be undergraduate or undergraduate students. The room for presenting this format is divided such that two double-sided poster boards occupy one area, and the remainder of the room is set with a head table and audience seating. Posters are viewed and may be discussed with individual authors for the first 20-25 minutes of the session. A presentation by each poster author then commences that may be enhanced with PowerPoint slides.

  • Scheduled for 1 hour, 45 minutes, at least the last 20 minutes MUST be reserved for discussion with audience participation.
  • Each accepted student poster symposium will be scheduled in a meeting room for presentation.
  • Each individual poster presentation must have a student as Author 1.
  • 3 posters minimum and 4 posters maximum;
  • Chair 1, required;
  • Discussant, required.
  • Possible roles for this format:
          1 chair, 2-4 poster presentations, and 1 discussant

Additional requirements:

  1. The first author must be an undergraduate or graduate student at the time of submission (2009) and at the time of presentation to be the first author of a poster presentation (2010).
  2. A senior researcher serves as the chair and, for this format only, it does not count toward the maximum number of presenting roles for that individual.
  3. A second senior researcher from a research lab not represented by the posters must be selected to serve as the discussant. This person should be someone whose expertise will encourage discussion of all presentations included in the symposium. For this format only, the discussant role does not count toward the maximum number of presenting roles.

Click on the links to view examples of a previously submitted and reviewed student poster symposium integrative statement and summary.

General Procedures for Submitting Paper Symposium, Poster Symposium, Student Poster Symposium

  1. Enter basic information (format choice, a title with no more than 130 characters (including spaces and punctuation), two review panel choices, and one selection from Areas of Development, two selections from Word Choices for Keywords 1 and 2, and all that are appropriate from Age Groups).
  2. Enter information for the participants (chair(s), discussant, authors) and specify roles and order for each person. Be prepared to enter complete information for yourself and accurate full names, affiliations, and email addresses for all other people on your submission.
  3. Upload an integrative statement as an MS Word, WordPerfect, or PDF file, summarizing the nature and significance of the proposed topic. Note: Integrative statements for accepted symposia will be accessible through the 2009 online program schedule. To achieve a word count of 250 or less--about 1/2 page in length--you must:
    1. Use 1-inch margins on all four sides.
    2. 12-pt Times (New) Roman font and double-spacing is required.
    3. Place the symposium title at the top of the first page. (It does not count toward the maximum number of words for the summary.)
    4. Use standard reference citations (last name, year).
    5. Do not include names or other identifying information in the text.
  4. Enter a title that is 130 characters or less in length for each individual presentation.
  5. Enter complete information for the author(s) (accurate full name, affiliation, email address) on each presentation and specify roles and order for each.
  6. Upload a summary for each paper/poster as an MS Word, WordPerfect, or PDF file. To achieve a word count of 500 or less--about 1 and 2/3 pages--you must:
    1. Use 1-inch margins on all four sides.
    2. 12-pt Times (New) Roman font and double-spacing is required.
    3. Place the symposium title, followed by the presentation title, at the top of the first page. (They do not count toward the maximum number of words for the summary.)
    4. Use standard reference citations (last name, year).
    5. Do not include names or other identifying information in the text.
  7. Graphics are encouraged, but are optional; they do not count toward the maximum word count for your integrative statement or summaries. These graphics may be embedded in your summary file or uploaded in a second file as an MS Word, WordPerfect, or PDF file. The two graphics allowed may be 2 tables, or 2 figures, or 1 table plus 1 figure.
  8. Repeat 4-7 above for each presentation until all are complete.
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