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Spring 2006 University Writing and Research Symposium
The George Washington University


orientation | presenting logistics | presentation guidelines

If your work has been selected for presentation at the Spring 2006 University Writing and Research Symposium at The George Washington University, congratulations. The University Writing Program would like to thank you for your willingness to take on this important work at a busy time of the semester. An academic conference like the Symposium is meant not simply as a chance to to present finished work, but more importantly as an opportunity for scholars to share work in progress with other scholars and with an engaged audience. The Symposium is open to the public, and selection to the Symposium is an honor, so please invite your friends, colleagues, professors, parents, and anyone else you’d like to hear you speak.


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The Symposium will take place Wednesday, April 26 through Friday, April 28 (see program) at locations on both the Mount Vernon and Foggy Bottom campuses (see maps and directions). An information table will be set up on Mount Vernon in the entrance-area lobby to Post Hall in the Academic Building (large brick building with white columns on the quad). On Foggy Bottom, an information table will be set up in the 7th floor lobby of 1957 E (building housing the Elliott School just south of Thurston Hall).

The first session of the Symposium will take place on Wednesday, April 26, 10:00-11:15 in Post Hall on the Mount Vernon campus. It is designed as a combination keynote session and meet-and-greet orientation to which you are cordially invited (but not obliged) to come. (This might be a good chance to arrange an introductory meeting with your session co-presenters and moderator.) A similar session will be held on Thursday, April 27, 10:00-11:15, also in Post Hall. At the April 26 session we will also introduce the winners of the 2006 Symposium poster design contest.


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Plan to arrive at the room for your session at least 20 minutes before the session is scheduled to begin, earlier if you need to test equipment, set up display materials, or arrange performance space. (See the separate guidelines for using equipment.) Speakers are advised to bring bottled water.

Poster presenters, in addition to their scheduled session, will be asked to drop off their posters at the University Writing Program offices by 5:00 p.m., Thursday, April 27 so that your work can be displayed throughout the day on Friday, April 28, in the 7th Floor Lobby of 1957 E Street on Foggy Bottom. (We will take care of both setting up and taking down your poster, unless you have a particular reason to do it yourself.) The actual poster session will take place from 12:45-2:00 on Friday in the 7th Floor lobby. The space will be open and audience members will be circulating through the lobby between other sessions from 12:20-2:20, and so we encourage you to arrive 20 minutes early (at 12:20) or to stay 20 minutes later (until 2:20); this will give more people the opportunity to talk with you about your poster. For more information on how to conceive and deliver your poster, see our poster session guidelines


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