CITE: Collaborative Interdisciplinary Tutorials for Employment Research Program

The Office of Student Research (OSR) invites students to apply to The Collaborative Interdisciplinary Tutorials for Employment (CITE) Program, a research program for promising students with little or no research experience. The CITE Program introduces students to the research process and provides an opportunity to gain practical skills sought by employers, while providing an $1800 stipend. CITE Fellows collaborate within a research team whose members share similar interests and develop individual research interests in the interdisciplinary humanities through an exploration of topics related to race, ethnicity, media, popular culture, visual culture and more. CITE Fellows produce publicly accessible digital scholarship and receive professional development. The CITE Program is a partnership between The Office of Student Research and The Office of Citizen Leadership and Social Justice.

The deadline is February 28, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. has been extended to March 30, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

2018 Call For Applications

2018 CITE Application

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

SPUR 2018: Spring Presentation of Undergraduate Research Call for Submissions

The Office of Student Research (OSR) invites undergraduate students from all disciplines to submit to SPUR: Spring Presentation of Undergraduate Research, a refereed, all-digital presentation event and networking session to be held April 24, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Martinelli Board Room. The deadline for submissions is March 30, 2018 April 13, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Fresh-baked pastries, fruit, coffee and tea will be served.

OSR will showcase PowerPoint presentations as student researchers enjoy free food and share their experience with small groups of other students on Student Research Day.  All presentations will be uploaded to several publicly accessible online platforms prior to Student Research Day. Because of the digital nature of SPUR, students can also participate in the Symposium.

All submissions must be student-initiated, where the student develops or is substantially involved in developing the research question, purpose or theme.

All student researchers receive an OSR slingbag, and those with presentations with the highest views will receive a SPUR SwagBag, which includes a SPUR t-shirt, hat, water bottle , 8GB USB drive and power charging bank, all in a canvas SPUR bag.

What Can Students Submit. Students can submit any work where they ask a question and find evidence to answer it.  Examples include lesson plans, literary analyses, historical analyses, literature reviews, annotated bibliography, data coding, marketing plans, SWOT analyses, and more.

Previous SPUR Presentations

The Raven’s Demons: The Psychoanalytic Relationship Between Edgar Allen Poe’s Life and His Literary Works

Intergenerational Daycares: How They Can Benefit the Elderly Population and Children

We’re All Going to Die: Contrasting the Apocalypse in Night of the Living Dead and Neon Genesis Evangelion

Bring your idea or work to OSR and let us help you create an awesome presentation!

Benefits. Student work receives wide exposure beyond Longwood. Presentations are permanently housed in Digital Commons, the university’s institutional repository that is searchable via Google and other major search engines and linked to hundreds of colleges and universities around the world. Students can use the permalink for resumes, job applications, graduate school applications, websites and online profiles like LinkedIn.

How to Submit to SPUR

  1. Create a digital presentation in PowerPoint and an abstract. OSR strongly recommends using the SPUR18 Digital Presentation Worksheet  and the Digital Presentation Sample to plan and design the presentation. Other file types will not be accepted. Animation and transitions may be stripped out of presentations when uploaded to online platforms.
  2. Submit Digital Presentation and Abstract using the SPUR18 Submission Form.   (If you do not already have a Gmail account, you will have to create one).

Submissions will be reviewed using the SPUR Submission Rubric.  Students will receive a notification of acceptance or a request to revise and resubmit. Students are strongly encouraged to seek assistance from the Office of Student Research.


April 13, 2018 @ 5:00 p.m.: Submission deadline

April 20, 2018 @ 5:00 p.m.: Revision and resubmission deadline

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

Spring 2018 Student Research Funding

The Office of Student Research (OSR) offers awards up to $500 for single researchers, $1000 for two co-researchers and $1500 for three co-researchers to defray costs associated with engaging in student-initiated research, where 1) the student develops a question or is substantially involved in developing a research question, 2) conducts an inquiry or investigation using sources as evidence and 3) shares the results. Research includes creative activities in theatre, music, art and graphic arts and animation, projects in departments in arts and sciences as well as business and education.

Deadline: February 5, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. and March 13, 2018 March 26, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Spring 2018 Call for Application for Student Research Awards

Spring 2018 Student Research Award Application

Call for Applications: QEP Disciplinary Research Courses

Deadline: January 22, 2018 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 research/inquiry enhanced undergraduate course and offer it during the 2018-2019 academic year. Disciplinary courses may be offered during Fall or Spring. OSR will select up to six courses, a combination of 100- and 200-level courses and 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 year. OSR strongly encourages faculty from programs and departments that have yet to offer a QEP-enhanced course to apply. General education courses and courses with large enrollments are eligible.  Faculty should send queries to Dr. Crystal S. Anderson, Director of Student Research, at

2018 Disciplinary Course Call For Applications

2018 Disciplinary Course Application Form

2018 Disciplinary Course Application Rubric

2018 Spring Faculty Development Workshop


Teaching the Research Process from Research Focus to Literature Review

January 4, 2018, 9:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Library 209 A&B

 The Office of Student Research (OSR), the Center for Faculty Enrichment (CAFE) and Greenwood Library will sponsor a faculty development workshop on teaching the research process on January 4, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Greenwood Library 209 A & B. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Space is limited, and registration is required. Please RSVP by December 15, 2017 using this link: .

This workshop will focus on teaching students how to find, evaluate, synthesize and use research sources to help them select research topics, design research questions/hypotheses, and develop comprehensive literature reviews. Faculty are asked to bring a current research-based assignment to revamp during the workshop. After discussing some of the challenges faculty face in teaching the research process, we will discuss effective instructional strategies and available resources.  In the afternoon, faculty will have the opportunity to revise their assignments and receive feedback from other workshop participants.

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

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 (