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Research and Creative
Inquiry Day 

The 16th Research and Creative Inquiry Day is an annual event designed to promote student research and creative inquiry and provide a venue for presenting that work. This event is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all departments who want to display their research and creative projects. 

Please use #researchday2021 when talking about the event on social media.

Research Day 2021

The following is the schedule for the 2021 event:

  • Abstract submission form opens: Monday, Feb. 1, 2021
  • Abstract submission deadline: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
  • Students submit poster files: Monday, April 12
  • Judging will take place: April 13 – 16
  • Virtual award ceremony: Tuesday, April 20, 11 a.m. - noon  


    Please note that a SharePoint site has been set up for posters (only for students who opt in during registration), so that the campus community can view them until the end of the semester.  You may be required to enter your Tennessee Tech username and password to view the files.  

2021 Winners2021 Proceedings  | Recording of Award Ceremony 
Online Journal Proceedings  

In conjunction with this year’s event, three creative media inquiry projects were developed as part of the Social Problems (SOC 1650) class taught by Ada Haynes, professor of Sociology, during the Fall 2020 semester. During this course, students explored a social problem through research with a creative inquiry and sociological lens and as part of the QEP-sponsored redesign of the course, developed creative projects displaying an effective media campaign that promoted awareness and/or offered an innovative solution to the social problem studied. The following are links to the creative media projects:

1.  Availability of Contraceptives and Proper Sexual Education Among Women
     Primary Author:  Emily Buckner, Business Administration

2.  The School to Prison Pipeline
     Primary Author:  Haley Reagan, Sociology

  • Research Day Guidelines


    • Note: Multiple authors are allowed in either format; however, a primary author must be designated. A student may only serve as the primary author on one project. 


    • Prior to completing the abstract submission form, students should obtain their advisor’s approval of (1) the abstract, (2) selection regarding inclusion of the poster on a SharePoint or Teams site to be available for viewing by the campus community and (3) selection regarding whether or not the abstract should be published in the online journal, Proceedings of Student Research and Creative Inquiry Day.
    • Advisors will receive a notification of each abstract submission for which they are listed as faculty advisor; however, they will not be asked to review the abstract at this time.
    • The abstract should be a concise summary of the work being presented. It should be carefully prepared and proofread to avoid mistakes. Note: Abstracts will not be edited.
    • Abstracts should be limited to 250 words or less.
    • Upon abstract submission, a confirmation email will be sent to the primary author. If this confirmation email is not received, the abstract has not been successfully submitted. If this occurs, the student should resubmit or contact the Office of Research ( on or before the March 10th abstract submission deadline.
    • All Research and Creative Inquiry Day communications will be sent to the email provided for the primary author during submission so please double-check the accuracy of that email address when completing the abstract submission form. 


    • An electronic version of the typical printed proceedings will be made available to all participants and the campus community in late April. For those who selected yes on the abstract submission form, abstracts and posters will be published in the online journal, Proceedings of Student Research and Creative Inquiry Day.


    • As stated on the abstract submission form, all posters will be grouped according to your research advisor’s department and winners will be selected from each participating department, with separate selections made for undergraduates, master's and Ph.D. winners. In an effort to recognize more students for their efforts, additional winners will be selected in categories with more than 10 entries.

    • Each poster will be evaluated by two judges based on the following evaluation forms for the types of submissions:

    Research Project | Literature-Based Study |
    Paper Presentation

    • Note that the first item listed under Appearance and Organization will not be scored since it is not relevant to a digital event.  


    Paper Presentation Guidelines

    • Each paper presentation will be 12-15 minutes in length. 
    • Each paper should have been previously submitted in an English course.  The abstract should identify the course for which the paper was originally written.  

    Poster Guidelines

    • Effective poster presentations typically include: (a) introduction; (b) description of the method or technique used; (c) results obtained; (d) discussion of results; (e) conclusion/recommendation(s); (f) references; (g) acknowledgement of support.

    Poster Design 

    • We currently do not know the status of 2021 workshops.  The workshop content from last year is available in an online video: Designing Research Posters: Basic Design Tips (53:16).
    • Additional poster-design information, including templates, can be found on the Library's website.  As always, if you would like individual assistance with your poster or have questions about poster instruction, contact Holly Mills (Public Services Librarian, Assistant Professor).
    • Poster content should be developed in landscape format. An example poster template is available here.  Only the 36 inches x 48 inches (landscape) template would be appropriate for the poster used for this event.

  • Submit an Abstract 

    The abstract submission portal is closed.  Please see the attached preview of the information that will be requested when you register.  

  • Judging Registration

     Judge registration link  The judge registration is closed. 

  • Research Day Archive 

    Please see the Archive page for previous years' Research Days.


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