Mediated Minds Undergraduate Research Conference
Due to precautions relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 9th Annual Mediated Minds Undergraduate Research Conference is cancelled for 2020. We will be accepting proposals for the April 2021 conference beginning in the 2020 Fall Semester.
Mediated Minds is a research conference for undergraduate students complete with individual oral presentations, poster presentations, panel discussions, digital posters/multimedia projects, paper and essay readings, and other creative or scholarly work. The conference is for students at all colleges at UC to feature their research and creative work and provides students the opportunity to participate in a professional conference.
Why does Mediated Minds exist?
All students, even first- and second-year learners, should engage in the free exchange of ideas, and that includes providing you with a public forum for sharing your scholarly discoveries, research, and creative work. This engagement can empower you to make strong statements based upon your research and creative work.
What is "research work?"
We define "research" as scholarship, experiential and more traditional investigation and analysis. This includes experimental, lab, and field tasks too. We encourage original research, synthesis scholarship, and critique, however, we do not limit submissions to only these areas of study. Additionally, presentations may range from poster presentations to individual oral presentations, even to traditional paper readings. Ask us, or your professors, for more information about how your class assignment or individual research projects could be presented here!
What is "creative work?"
We define “creative” work as original work developed as part of a student’s critical engagement with a specific topic, genre, form, medium, or skill. We encourage students to submit written work like poetry and short stories, as well as visual art and design projects such as photography, video and paintings, although students are certainly not limited to these forms. Creative work might be presented as a traditional or digital poster presentation, with the artist available to discuss and answer questions about the work. It might also be presented orally, as a short-story/poetry reading or as an oral presentation discussing the development and purpose of the project.
Who is invited?
Everyone. Our goal is to showcase undergraduate student research, scholarly, and creative activity, and we hope that many professors, students, administrators, and staff members will attend. Additionally, we encourage members of the greater Cincinnati community to join us for the day's events. Come see what your area colleges and universities are discovering and learning in their classes. And participate in conversations about issues new to our society, as well as enduring questions.
The Mediated Minds Prep Workshop is intended to aid students in any aspect of preparing for their presentations. If you have questions about how to design your presentation, compile your research, or other general presentation skills, faculty and other experts will be there to assist you.
- Next workshop TBA.
What are proceedings?
Mediated Minds includes proceedings to the annual conference. Conference proceedings are collections of academic proposals and papers that serve as written record of the work that will be presented at the conference. When you submit your proposal, you will also be asked if you would like to have your work published in the Proceedings for Mediated Minds. This journal, hosted by the University of Cincinnati Press, will serve as a written record of your participation in the conference and can be used to demonstrate your research efforts in the future (which can be linked to an online portfolio or website and included in a résumé). If you choose to participate in the Proceedings publication, your introduction and research findings will be published with the list of references or works cited used in your research. If you are presenting a poster and would like to be included in the Proceedings for Mediated Minds, you will be asked immediately after the conference to submit an image of your poster as a .pdf file for publication in the journal.
To view conference proceedings from previous years, please see the Archive. You will need to use your University of Cincinnati login and password to access the journal.
Call for Proposals
Do you have a high-quality research project, academic paper, and/or creative work that deserves some additional exposure? Would you like to share your quality work in a positive way? Please consider sharing your work with students, faculty, and alumni from the University of Cincinnati! Research conference presentations make for a great line on your resume (for a future or current job hunt) and on applications for graduate and professional programs. Proposal deadline is Friday, April 3, 2020.
Friday, April 17, 2020
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
UC Blue Ash College in Walters Hall
9555 Plainfield Road, Blue Ash, Ohio 45236