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Nominations for 2017 Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Awards (FEMA)

The Office of Student Research will award Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Awards (FEMA) to selected faculty nominated by undergraduate students for their work in mentoring inquiry-based activities. Only current Longwood University undergraduate students may submit nominations. Only tenured and tenure-track faculty, clinical educators, lecturers, visiting professors and administrative and professional faculty with academic rank may be nominated.

To apply. Students must electronically submit the Nomination  Form below to the Office of Student Research ( with the subject line “2017 FEMA,” Please direct any questions about the nomination process to Crystal S. Anderson, Director, Office of Student Research (

Nominations are due April 10, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Last year’s recipients of the award are not eligible.

2017 Call for Nominations

2017 Nomination Form

2017 Scoring Rubric

FAQ and Design Tips for Digital Research Presentation

Frequently Asked Questions About Digital Research Presentations

What is a Digital Research Presentation?

It is a research presentation in PowerPoint made accessible to the Internet. It condenses research for general audiences. Your presentation should be able to stand alone, as it will be viewed online via SlideShare. PowerPoint presentations uploaded to SlideShare cannot feature embedded video, audio, voiceovers or animation. Presenters can make use of images, color and text to make their presentations pop.  The web article, “7 Tips to Transform Your SlideShare from Good to Great,” provides helpful suggestions. Also, here is an example of a Digital Presentation in PowerPoint, uploaded to SlideShare: K-pop Cartography: Navigating Subcultural Capital in K-pop Fandom 

I already have a research poster/paper/project. Why should I do a Digital Presentation?

A Digital Presentation creates a file that can be archived through the Office of Student Research in Digital Commons,  Longwood University’s institutional repository. This creates a permanent link accessible by individuals around the world. Students can also embed the link in resumes and online profiles.

Do I have to have a completed research poster/paper/project to do a Digital Presentation?

No. You can create a Digital Presentation from any research-based or scholarly assignment that is in-progress.

More Design Tips for Digital Presentations in PowerPoint

  • Avoid large blocks of text: Limit text on each slide to 50-75 words or less. Use additional slides to fully convey information
  • Consider your audience: Avoid jargon when possible. Explain terms that may be unfamiliar to a general audience.
  • Fonts: Limit your presentation to 2 fonts. You can find different font pairings under Themes>Theme Options>Fonts.
  • Colors: Limit your use of colors. Use the color palettes under Themes>Theme Options>Fonts.
  • Use of images: Images create interest in a presentation. They should complement the information on the slide. You may use visualizations of your own research, including charts, graphs, tables and photographs. You may also use icons (from sites such as Flaticon) and royalty-free stock image (from sites such as Pixabay).  Many museums and archives also provide royalty-free images. Be sure to follow the terms of use for any image that you use.
  • Simplicity: Use color, images and fonts to explain your research. SlideShare will not work with animation, embedded video, audio or voiceovers in PowerPoint.

Top 3 Reasons to Submit a Proposal for SPUR

SPUR is for everyone!

Students from all disciplines can participate. They may submit a proposal based on works-in-progress, course assignments, completed research projects, even posters for other poster sessions.

SPUR is fun!

Presenters as well as attendees can earn points through social media and win the SPUR SwagBag, which includes a SPUR T-shirt, hat, water bottle, tablet holder and power charging bank, all in a canvas SPUR bag!

SPUR is forever!

All presenters will have their abstracts and digital presentations deposited in Digital Commons, Longwood University’s institutional repository, which is searchable and available to individuals within Longwood and around the world. Presenters can include the permanent link link in resumes, job applications, graduate school applications, websites, and online profiles.

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2017 Spring Presentation of Undergraduate Research (SPUR)–REVISED

The Office of Student Research (OSR) is pleased to invite undergraduate students from all disciplines to submit proposals for Spring Presentation of Undergraduate Research (SPUR) at Longwood University, which will take place April 26, 2017, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m in Lankford Student Union.  Students may share research-in-progress, research from poster sessions and scholarship events and course-based research projects.

The morning of Student Research Day (April 26), OSR will release digital presentations submitted by students through its SlideShare account and track social engagement throughout the day. From 1-4, the university community can meet the presenters (who will be available in 30-minute intervals) during the Meet-and-Greet, as well as enjoy sponsored panels (subject to change).

SPUR offers two ways for students to participate:

  • Digital Presentation: Students (individuals, co-presenters or group presenters (3 maximum)) create digital presentations (in PowerPoint). Digital presentations will be made available to the public at the beginning of student research day via OSR’s SlideShare account.  Presenters accumulate points based on likes, views and shares on social media and participate in the Presenter Meet-And-Greet during SPUR.  Students submitting the first 25 approved proposals will receive a free SPUR t-shirt.
  • Sponsored Panel: Faculty organize a student panel (with 3 student participants) featuring oral presentations to be given on student research day.  All student participants on accepted Sponsored Panels will receive a free SPUR t-shirt, and faculty sponsors will receive a gift as well.

How to Submit

  1. Submit an abstract using the Digital Presentation Proposal Form or Panel Proposal Form (see below).  Forms should be emailed to with the subject line “2017 SPUR Submission” by March 31, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.
  2. Once you receive approval, submit your Digital Presentation no later than April 14, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Consult FAQ and Design Tips for Digital Presentations.
  3. Once you receive approval, confirm your Sponsored Panels via email no later than  April 14, 2017.

2017 SPUR Revised Call for Proposals

Panel Proposal Form

Digital Presentation Proposal Form 


Please direct any questions to Dr. Crystal S. Anderson, Director, Office of Student Research (



2017-18 Disciplinary Courses: Call For Proposals

Deadline: February 27, 2017  March 6, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

The Office of Student Research (OSR) invites proposals from tenured and tenure-track faculty from all programs, departments and colleges to develop or enhance an existing undergraduate course and offer it during the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years.  OSR will select three 100- and 200-level courses and three 300- and 400-level courses. Each selected faculty member will be awarded a one-time $3,500 stipend to enhance and teach at least one section of the course during the specified academic years. General education courses and courses with large enrollments are eligible. For more information: Inquiry Link.

Call for Proposals:



Spring 2017 Student Research Grant


Deadline: February 6, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

The Office of Student Research (OSR) will provide grants up to $500 to undergraduate students to defray costs associated with conducting research. Appropriate research expenses include laboratory equipment; media equipment; equipment for work in the field; art supplies; software; photocopying, printing and film processing; communication costs (postage, phone, etc.) and travel to support the investigative phase of the student’s work, such as travel to field sites, museums, archives, or libraries. Funds may not be used to fund expenses related to course-based research assignments, such as posters. Please note that a hard copy of the application and faculty recommendation form are now required.

Spring 2017 Student Research Grant Call for Applications

Spring 2017 Student Research Grant Application

Spring 2017 Student Research Grant Faculty Recommendation Form

Spring 2017 Student Research Grant Rubric


Spring 2017 Student Travel Grant


Deadline: February 6, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

 The Office of Student Research will provide grants up to $500 to undergraduate students to support student travel to professional conferences or meetings to share the results of their scholarship. The grants may be used to cover applicable travel expenses, including airfare and mileage, lodging, conference registration, food and other expenses.  Please note that a hard copy of the application and faculty recommendation form are now required.

Student Travel Grant Call for Applications

Student Travel Grant Application

Student Travel Grant Faculty Recommendation Form

Student Travel Grant Rubric

2017 LU PRISM: Student Applications


Have you started making plans for the coming summer? Would you like to be involved in transformative, cutting edge research and get paid to do it? If your answer is ‘Yes,” then continue reading!

Undergraduate students are invited to apply to LU-PRISM (Longwood University Perspectives on Research In Science and Mathematics), our residential summer research program. This program combines practical training in specific research techniques with activities designed to put the research into the context of larger goals of modern science, technology, and mathematics. The titles and areas of the research projects are summarized in the Call for Student Applications below. Completed applications, including unofficial transcripts and one page narrative statement, are due no later than 5pm on Monday, November 7, 2016.  Information on how to submit these materials and what is expected of students in this program is detailed in the student application. 

Duration:  8 weeks (May 29 – July 21)

Student stipend: $3,500 (+ room and board)

LU-PRISM 2017 Call for Student Applications

2017 LU-PRISM Student Application

PRISM 2017 Project Descriptions

LU-PRISM 2017 Faculty and Student Expectations

LU-PRISM 2017 Student Learning Outcomes

Please direct any questions about PRISM to Dr. Amorette Barber,



Summer Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (SURI)

2017 Summer Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (SURI)

The SURI program is an eight-week summer research experience for fields beyond the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. For 30-40 hours per week, students work on a faculty member’s research project and develop their own individual research project. For selected teams, faculty will receive a $7,000 stipend and students will receive a $3,500 stipend, boarding in a dormitory (or stipend for off-campus housing) and meal plan fees.

Application Deadline: October 3, 2016  The deadline has been extended to October 6, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. The new deadline is a hard deadline; applications will not be accepted after that time.

If you have any questions, please contact Crystal Anderson,

2016 Call for Applications

SURI Application: Faculty Section Faculty Section (Rev. 9-16-2016),

Student Section

SURI Application Rubric, SURI Application Rubric (Rev. 9-16-2016)

2017 CURIO Call For Proposals


The Office of Student Research (OSR) is pleased to invite faculty-student teams to apply for the 2017 Collegiate Undergraduate Research and Inquiry Opportunities (CURIO) program, a Spring semester research experience. Students will work as a research assistant on a faculty member’s research as well as develop a research proposal based on their own research. For selected teams, students receive $1000 for 100 hours of work as a research assistant and faculty receive $1500 for providing mentorship for the student’s research project.

CURIO benefits both student researchers and faculty mentors.   Students gain experience working on an established research project as well as receive mentorship from an experienced faculty member. Faculty gain a research assistant as well as the opportunity to mentor an undergraduate student one-on-one.

Application Deadline: November 18, 2016  October 24, 2016

Full Call for Applications

Faculty Section of Application Faculty Section of Application (Rev. 9-16-2016)

Student Section of Application

Scoring Rubric  Scoring Rubric (Rev. 9-16-2016) Scoring Rubric (Rev 10-11-2016)