Research that Matters: Community Engaged Research Poster Session and Contest

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Patel Center for Global Solutions, Auditorium (Room 131), 1st Floor

Competition open to all degree-seeking USF graduate students

The Office of Community Engagement has initiated an annual conference series entitled "Research that Matters." This year the theme is Social Enterprise, Social Entrepreneurship, and the Economic Impacts of University–Community Engagement. The conference will take place on Tuesday, October 22, from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, in the Patel Center for Global Solutions. The contest is open to all graduate students, and winners will receive awards. It is not necessary for the posters to be about the specific theme of the conference, but they do need to be about community engaged research, on any topic, being done by USF graduate students. We hope that the poster session will further strengthen our community engaged network of graduate students and faculty.

To participate in the session and contest, you must first submit an abstract, which is due by 4:00 pm on October 4, 2013. To submit a poster abstract and enter the contest, follow the guidelines and instructions below. Notifications of acceptance or declination will be emailed no later than October 11th.

Community engaged research is conducted in partnership with and/or with benefits for community stakeholders. It consists of scholarly and pedagogical activities that are designed jointly, carried out in collaboration and with potential benefit for groups and organizations in local, regional, national, and global communities related to the university. Such engaged research reflects a range of work in communities from design and discovery to the integration and or interpretation of discovery, to application with communities, locally or globally). Community engaged research includes, but is not limited to:

Rules and Guidelines

    1. Community Engagement: Originality in subject, research question(s), approach, analysis, and interpretation.
    2. Approach: Thesis statement, problem statement and scope, research plan, ties to related and future work.
    3. Thoroughness: Completeness, including evidence-supported conclusions.
    4. Clarity: Precision of purpose, procedures, and conclusions; orderly presentation of data, results, and conclusions; answers to oral questions.


Deadline to submit an abstractOctober 4, 2013 by 4:00 pm.

Poster abstracts can be no more than 250 words. Abstracts should include a brief background, methods, findings (where applicable), and policy implications of your individual or collective community engaged research.

The abstract must embody the points listed in the following judging criteria:

To submit an abstract:

1. Enter the following information, along with your abstract, into a Word document:

USF Student ID:
Name and Title of Faculty Advisor/Mentor:
Degree Program:
Year(s) in Program:
Masters or Doctoral Level:
Title of Poster Presentation:

2. Save the Word document with your first and last name as the title of the document (e.g., First.Last).
3. Email the Word document to
4. Ask your faculty advisor/mentor to send an email to acknowledging that they have read and approved your poster abstract. Faculty approval must be received by 4:00 pm on Friday, October 4, 2013 (the same deadline as your abstract).

For clarifications or questions on the Poster Session and Contest and/or the related submission process, please contact Dr. Lance Arney at or 813-974-0697.