Frequently Asked Questions

CSURF

  Eleventh Annual Colorado Springs Undergraduate Research Forum
Frequently Asked Questions

The following frequently asked questions and their answers are available by clicking on the question or scrolling down the page. Should you have any further questions, please contact your campus contact listed below.

General Questions

What is the Undergraduate Research Forum? / What is a poster session? / Who is my campus contact?

Participation Requirement Questions

Who may participate in the Undergraduate Research Forum? / When Should I arrive for my presentation and session? / Do I have to stay at the event all day? / What if I am late to my presentation or poster session? / Can I bring family and friends to my presentation? / What if an emergency occurs that prevents my attendance? / Can I do a poster session and an oral presentation? / Can I do multiple oral presentations? / Can I extend the length of my presentation to two normal time slots (40 minutes)? / What is an abstract and how do I write one?

Logistical Questions

What is the date of the Undergraduate Research Forum? / Where is the Undergraduate Research Forum? / What is the dress code for the Forum? / What are the required dimensions for posters at the Undergraduate Research Forum? / How should I bring my PowerPoint presentation to the Forum? / What if I require additional equipment for my presentation? / Will there be tape, tacks, etc. onsite for poster session presenters? / What time is the keynote address? / How long does the event last? / Is lunch free for all presenters and faculty mentors? / Where do I register on the day of the Undergraduate Research Forum?

GENERAL QUESTIONS

What is the Undergraduate Research Forum?

The Colorado Springs Undergraduate Research Forum (CSURF) is held in conjunction with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, the United States Air Force Academy and Colorado College. The event gives undergraduate students from all three institutions the opportunity to present their research and creative work in a formal academic setting and receive feedback from scholars and peers across the disciplines. The CSURF also helps students to polish the skills involved in formal presentation, job interviews, or continuing education through graduate/professional study.

What is a poster session?

Students who choose to participate in a poster session will be required to create a full-size (36 inches high x 48 inches wide) poster detailing their research. Posters will be placed in an open forum for roughly 1 hour during the event (typically there are 2-3 separate poster sessions during the Forum). During the hour long time slot, students will stand next to their poster and answer questions from other students and faculty members in attendance.

Who is my campus contact?

USAFA campus contact for the 2014 CSURF:

Lt. Col. Candice Pipes

Department of English and Fine Arts

 (719) 333-2995

Fax: (719) 333-3932


Margie Oldham

Director of Community Relations

Office: Columbine Hall 2025
Tel: (719) 255-4552
Fax: (719) 255-4200
E-mail: moldham@uccs.edu

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENT QUESTIONS

Who may participate in the Undergraduate Research Forum?

The CSURF is open to all undergraduate students from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, the United States Air Force Academy and Colorado College. Typically, student participants are in their 3rd or 4th year of university study (although class standing is not a requirement for participation).

When Should I arrive for my presentation and session?

Due to the security restrictions at USAFA, all presenters should plan on spending a full day at the conference. You should arrive at the beginning of the day, prior to the 0900 Keynote speech and plan to stay until the end of the event, around 4pm.

USAFA will be hosting tours of the cadet area and lab spaces throughout the day. Ideally, we would like each presenter to present, attend a session, and take a tour to experience CSURF fully.

Do I have to stay at the event all day?

We highly recommend it. Participants will be bused from Clune Arena to the cadet area and must be escorted at all times and busses during the day will be limited.
Participants will also experience research ideas from a wide range of disciplines and subjects - and will have the opportunity to exchange ideas with students from other universities.
Review the conference program and plan to attend panels and poster sessions that overlap with your own interests or that you find intriguing. Watching other researcher presentations is an informative way to improve your own organizational and presentation skills.
In addition, USAFA cadets will be conducting tours of the campus's state-of-the-art laboratory facilities during the day.

What if I am late to my presentation or poster session?

If you are late to your presentation or poster session, you may not be able to present. This decision will be made at the discretion of the chair of your session. . You are required to arrive early for your presentation so as not to inconvenience the other students and faculty members who are participating in your session. Presenters should plan to stay for their entire session.

Can I bring family and friends to my presentation?

Yes. Keep in mind they will have to check in at Clune Arena and be escorted by bus to the cadet area.

What if an emergency occurs that prevents my attendance?

Please contact Margie Oldham at 255-4552 or moldham@uccs.edu as soon as possible.

Can I do a poster session and an oral presentation?

No. You will be required to choose either a poster session or an oral presentation, but not both.

Can I do multiple oral presentations?

No. You are allowed to do only 1 oral presentation (roughly 20 minutes in duration) or one poster session, but not both.

Can I extend the length of my presentation to two normal time slots (40 minutes)?

No. All oral presentations will be no more than 20 minutes in length.

What is an abstract and how do I write one?

Consult your faculty mentor for an appropriate abstract submission. An example of an abstract may be found on this website under Abstracts.

LOGISTICAL QUESTIONS

When is the Eleventh Annual Undergraduate Research Forum?

2014 CSURF is Saturday, April 12, 2014

Where is the Undergraduate Research Forum?

The 2014 CSURF will be held at the United States Air Force Academy.

What do I need to enter the Air Force Academy?
You must have a driver's license to enter the Northgate of the Academy. From there, you will park and register at Clune Arena and be taken by bus to the Falcon Center.

How do I get to the Air Force Academy?
From Colorado Springs: take I-25 north to the Northgate Boulevard exit, (Exit 156B). From the North gate, continue straight through the gate and take the 2nd left hand turn (Parade Loop), then an immediate right on Field House Dr. Park in the lower parking lot.

What is the dress code for the Forum?

The dress code for the forum is business casual, preferably no jeans. For USAFA cadets, it is service dress.

What are the required dimensions for posters at the Undergraduate Research Forum?

The required poster dimensions are 36 inches high x 48 inches wide.

How should I bring my PowerPoint presentation to the Forum?

No external drives are allowed on Air Force computers. Do not bring Apple devices (including iPads or iPods and computers), because they will not be compatible with USAFA's equipment. If you have a Google Docs account or a DropBox, use those accounts, and access your presentation from the Internet. Or, put it on a CD and bring the CD, those are allowed by government regulations.

What if I require additional equipment for my presentation?

Slide projectors are available in each of the presentation rooms. If you need additional support, please indicate it on the registration form.

Will there be tape, tacks, etc. onsite for poster session presenters?

Please bring what you need. There will be some items on hand, but we cannot guarantee there will be enough to go around.

What time is the keynote address?

The keynote address will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m.

How long does the event last?

The event will run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Is lunch free for all presenters and faculty mentors?

Yes, but you must RSVP on the registration form.

Where do I register on the day of the Undergraduate Research Forum?

All student presenters, faculty mentors, guests, and committee members, please click here  to register for the 2014 CSURF conference.  Remember, cadets must have the approval code from the Office of Research in order to register and upload their abstracts.

General Questions / Participation Requirement Questions / Logistical Questions


The College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences

(719)255-4552 Dean's Office
Columbine Hall 2025