• Frequently Asked Questions for Symposium

    Q: Who can submit an abstract?
    A: COM and COB students, faculty at KCU and KCU-GMEC residents can submit an abstract.

    Q: What are the qualifications to present at the Symposium?
    A: The student must be the first author, enrolled at KCU during the time of research and received an approval application from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

    Q: Where can I find more information and the Symposium agenda?
    A: You can find the agenda and any updates here.

    Q: How will I be notified my abstract was accepted?
    A: You will be notified by email if your abstract has been accepted by March 7.

    Q: What are the student eligibility requirements for the competition aspect of the Symposium?
    A: Research must have been completed while enrolled at KCU to qualify for award/competition.

    Q: If I don’t have a poster printed for my presentation how will KCU help me?
    A: KCU can provide funding for poster printing for students and faculty accepted to present. The poster must be submitted through the KCU portal using the KCU format (poster template). Poster must include abstract. Proof your poster carefully before submitting. Your poster is a reflection of all your hard work and findings and a chance for you to put information and results in visual format - take your time! Students, work with your mentor to ensure a quality poster is presented.

    Q: I’ve been invited to present an oral presentation, do I have to submit a poster too?
    Yes, the oral presenters should also provide a poster and submit an abstract.

    Q: Can I be listed as an author on more than one poster presentation?
    Students can be listed on another poster presentation but not as first author.

    Q: What is the printing/proofing process of my poster?
    A: Once your poster request is submitted and received, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs staff will work with an outside printer/laminating service. Once an electronic proof is ready, you will be emailed and asked to respond as soon as possible to confirm proof is OK to print or make changes if necessary. Please note any posters requiring re-print because of proofing/formatting issues will not be funded by KCU; please proof your poster carefully before submitting and review the electronic proof carefully before confirming it is OK to print.

    Q: How/where is my poster delivered once it’s printed?
    A: The poster is delivered in a plastic bag (not a hard tube) to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (in Dybedal) and you will need to pick it up when notified by email. 

    Q: When can I set up my poster for judging? 
    A: Between Noon and 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24 (the day before the event). If you are unable to display your poster during this time, please ask someone to do it for you. Push pins and presentation boards will be provided.

    Q: How will I present my information to judges, as a group or individually...?
    A: You will stand by your poster and judges will walk around to each presenter. Be prepared to give a brief overview of your research and answer questions the judges ask. Students and faculty will be viewing posters and asking questions as well. Be prepared! This is your chance to get others as excited as you are about your research.

    Q: When are awards given and photos taken?
    A: At the end of the event day; around 4 p.m. .

    Q: What else can I expect during the Symposium other than my poster being judged?
    A: Breakfast, invited student and keynote speakers, question and answer session with keynote speaker, lunch, a chance to interact and present to faculty and other students. All student presenters and their mentors will be invited to a private reception with the keynote speaker immediately after the event at 4:30 p.m. in SAC 204-206.

    Q: What if I have additional questions or need assistance?
    A: Contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at 816-654-7603 or Dana Buchanan dbuchanan@kcumb.edu.

    Additional information:
    All presenters are required to attend the Research Symposium event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the private reception with Dr. Randy W. Schekman at 4:30 p.m.; immediately following award announcements.

    If selected to present, poster printing request forms are due to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs no later than March 11, 2016. Please click here to submit your poster printing request. The KCU poster template must be used and can be found here

    There will be a student prize and certificate award for first place oral presentation and first and second place poster presentations.

    Faculty members are invited to submit posters for presentation. Submission deadline is March 11, 2016.

    Check your email daily for important announcements and additional communication about the Symposium, posters, etc.