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CAS Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference

Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference Saturday, March 25, 2023 | In Person at DMTI

The College of Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce that the 33rd Annual Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference will take place on Saturday, March 25, 2023 (applications due by February 5), in person at AU's Don Meyers Technology and Innovation Building. This event is a forum for CAS undergraduate and graduate students to present original research, scholarship, and creative work before colleagues, faculty, and friends.

The Mathias Student Research Conference is partially sponsored by a generous grant from AU trustee and alumna Robyn Rafferty Mathias and by the NASA District of Columbia Space Grant Consortium.


Student Eligibility

  • Students from all disciplines of CAS are encouraged to participate.
  • Students in other AU schools may submit work completed in a CAS course.

Submission ProcessAbstracts accepted until midnight on Sunday, February 5

All CAS students (undergraduate and graduate students) are invited to submit an abstract of their research, capstone project, performance, etc.  Please confer with a faculty research/project mentor before submitting your abstract; they will be an important partner in your journey to preparing for conference participation. Students should consider what topic(s) they would like to contribute to. While faculty from across CAS have proposed multiple topics (see below) the topics, projects, and research discussed at this conference will entirely depend on the interest of CAS students. We will create/modify panel topics to accommodate the projects submitted. 

Tips for Submitting Your Abstract

  • 250-word limit
  • Conference participants will be selected based on the quality of their abstracts and execution of the project and/or research 
  • It is essential that students find and work with an AU faculty member that will support their project and help them prepare for conference participation 
  • If you are selected to participate in the conference, you and your faculty mentor will be required to sign an agreement of participation. 

Sample Conference Topics

These topics have been proposed by CAS faculty. The topics, projects, and research discussed at this conference will entirely depend on the interest of CAS students. We will create/modify panel topics to accommodate the projects submitted. Please use the below as inspiration! 

  • Gaming the System: Playful Approaches to Research
  • Towards a New Digital Literacy  
  • Global Voices, Global Identities 
  • Hidden Histories 
  • Documenting and Analyzing Environmental Change 
  • LGBTQI+: Exploring identities and experience 

Submit Abstract

Awards

Each oral and poster presentation will be juried by a group of AU Community Judges. Top presenters will be awarded a Certificate signed by the CAS Dean. All student participants will be eligible to apply for a stipend for travel to a local, regional, or national conference of their choosing.

Questions? 

Contact CAS Events at casevents@american.edu.