Anthropology Research Symposium

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Welcome to the website for the HSU Anthropology Research Symposium! Here you will find information on the symposium, including event details and how to participate by presenting your research!

The 10th Annual HSU Anthropology Research Symposium will take place:

Dates TBA, 2022

The conference is open to all students, staff, and community members – there is no registration fee.

THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS/SPONSORS from recent symposia!

HSU: Anthropology Department & Faculty; Cultural Resources Facility;
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; and College of Extended Education and Global Engagement.


Preliminary Abstract Submission Deadline: TBA

If you have questions, please contact the symposium organizers:
Mary Scoggin (faculty)

This year's symposium will be also be organized by students in ANTH 410: Anthropology Capstone

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Instructions for submission of presentations:

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to present their original anthropology-related research, project, or theoretical paper at the symposium. Students may be an author on more than one poster/presentation, but cannot be lead author more than once. To participate, the first step is to submit an abstract (summary) of your presentation using this Google Form (TBA). In th form, you will be asked to submit the following information:

  • Email address
  • Whether you plan to present at IdeaFest. Students that received a CAHSS grant to support their project are strongly encouraged to attend IdeaFest, as are others - those presenting at IdeaFest will have poster printing costs covered by that venue.
  • Name and email of lead researcher. You may be head researcher on only one presentation.
  • Major and advisor of lead author(s)
  • Names and emails of co-researchers/presenters
  • Class level of lead author(s)
  • Whether your project involved human/animal subjects, and if yes your IRB/IACUC protocol number
  • Preferred presentation type (poster or pre-recorded audio/video- see below for information on each)
  • Title of presentation
  • Three keywords
  • Upolad a MS Word document containing your abstract (project summary). The abstract should be 250-300 words, with 12 point font and 1” margins. For standard research projects, begin by introducing your project, then briefly summarize research questions, methods (if applicable), results (if known), and potential significance / implications. If your presentation is not based on research, modify accordingly so as to summarize your topic and main points/findings.
Preliminary Abstract submission deadline: TBA

Timely submission of abstracts if very important. No abstracts will be considered after the submission deadline.  Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the department faculty and symposium organizers and returned to the students with editorial suggestions by the end of February. Abstracts requiring major reformatting or revision of content or are not disciplinary-relevant will be rejected or returned for student revision prior to editing. After abstract submission, it is recommended that you promptly move forward with preparing your presentation (see below).

Instructions for Preparing Presentations:

If you indicated preference for either a poster or audio/video presentation upon submitting your abstract, prepare the format that you requested unless you are notified otherwise. If you did not specify which you prefer, please contact the symposium organizers (above) to ask which you should prepare.

General guidelines: Presentation organization is open, however, presentations generally contain the following basic sections: Introduction, methods, results, discussion (including suggestions for future research), acknowledgements, and references. This format is flexible and you should use your judgment as to the format that best fits your presentation. For example, if you do not have full results, you can discuss the methods and purpose/significance of the project, and discuss preliminary results or challenges you faced as a way to inform future researchers. A presentation can also be organized topically/thematically.

Text must be large enough to read from several feet away (at least 30-point font is recommended). Avoid too much text; instead, bullet-point or brief statements, graphics, charts, tables, and images are strongly encouraged. Font styles must be easily readable, and text and background color contrast strong.  Avoid busy backgrounds, a dark background with dark text, or light background with light text. Include margins to ensure correct printing (1 inch recommended).

Please pay special attention to including only ethical and respectful content, as well as how your content might affect others – if in doubt, consult with faculty.

Please plan to submit a full presentable draft by TBA (preferably - preliminary date) so that organizers/faculty have time to review. Please submit in a standard format (e.g., MS Powerpoint / Word, PDF, or mpg4). Additional details and instructions on where to submit will be provided at a later date.

Poster presentations: Poster information coming soon!

Video presentations: Video media (e.g., a voiceover/captioned PowerPoint, PechaKucha, or documentary) information coming soon!

A special thanks to support provided by  the HSU Cultural Resources Facility, the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the College of Extended Education & Global Engagement, and the Office of Research, Economic & Community Development.

Persons who require disability-related accommodations should contact the Anthropology Department at (707) 826-4124, or email as soon as possible.