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Student Research Conference Paper Guidelines

Paper Guidelines

Please carefully review the following instructions for paper submissions.  Papers not strictly adhering to the stated guidelines will be excluded from the prize competition. 


An oral presentation of a research paper on any academic topic is to be presented during the conference. The presentation cannot exceed 12 minutes in length, and the use of visual aids, including PowerPoint, is welcome, but not required. To present a paper, you should submit an abstract of 100 words or less at the WT SRC conference registration website.


Papers not strictly adhering to the stated guidelines will be excluded from the cash award competition.

The paper must primarily reflect the student’s work (rather than the work of a faculty member). Advisors and coauthors will be contacted to ensure this. If this paper has already been published, the student must be the sole author or the primary author with other students as coauthors. Published papers with faculty members as coauthors cannot be entered in the Writing Competition.

The paper's abstract must be submitted through the WT SRC conference registration website indicating that the submission is for the Writing Competition as well as the Paper Presentation portions of the conference. The student will email their final paper in pdf format, with only the author identified on the title page to Dr. Pamela Lockwood, plockwood@wtamu.edu.

Other Details:

Format: Double-spaced, Times New Roman 12-pt font, 1-inch margins

Length limitations: 12 pages maximum (including notes, graphs and images). The 12 pages do NOT include the title page, abstract or bibliographic materials.

Title page: The title page shall contain ONLY the title of the paper, name of author and author's email address. No personal identifiers should appear on any other page.

Bibliography/Reference: Citation format should be consistent, and appropriate to the writer’s discipline.


DEADLINE: To be eligible for the cash awards, all abstracts, completed papers, posters, and entry forms must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Please submit your poster in a .pdf format to plockwood@wtamu.edu by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.