Creative Research Project Guidelines

SOARS Conference Creative Research Project Guidelines


Papers, projects, and posters can be submitted in any of the following subject area categories:

1.  Health Professions:

  • Allied Health and Nursing

2.  Liberal Arts:

  • The Arts
  • Communications (Media Studies/Speech/Popular Culture)
  • Education
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • International Studies/Globalization
  • Literature
  • Multicultural Studies
  • Philosophy/Religious Studies
  • Psychology
  • Social Justice
  • Social Sciences (Anthropology/Political Science/Sociology)
  • World Language and Literature

3.  Business, Math, Science, and Technology (BMST):

  • Business and Economics
  • Computer Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Natural and Physical Sciences

4.  Interdisciplinary Studies

Note:  These categories and the assignment of papers, projects, and/or posters to them are subject to change based upon the number of submissions.  Students should discuss the choice of appropriate categories with their faculty mentors.


The methods and tools of research/analysis will vary from discipline to discipline.  For example, field work might be part of an anthropology presentation while lab reports might be featured in a scientific or technical paper.  All submissions must show the results of research, reflection, and an original perspective. Students should work closely with their mentors early on to determine the appropriate nature and scope of their research.


Students’ work will be evaluated on the basis on the quality and originality of research, of the written work, and of the creative piece, project, or poster. Students will receive feedback on the written component of their submission from faculty readers by February 15. They then have the option of making revisions to their written work if they choose before presenting it at the conference in mid March. This deadline for feedback also will allow students interested in submitting their written paper to the regional Beacon Conference the opportunity to use this feedback in preparation of their written work for the Beacon Conference annual submission deadline of March 1st.

Guidelines for research:

  • Research must include reputable, academic sources.
  • As with any research project, you are responsible for evaluating source material and ensuring the selection of credible sources. For example, Wikipedia is not considered a credible source because anyone can provide information to that Web site.
  • In general, follow the guidelines of the particular discipline in terms of the expectations for scholarly research (i.e., for the sciences, peer reviewed primary sources from scholarly journals).
  • The method of documentation should be whatever is appropriate to the discipline (i.e., MLA for the Humanities, APA for the Social Sciences, CMS for History)

Length of Presentation

For those creative research projects that involve a performance (example:  dance or song), performance should be limited to a maximum of 15 minutes.

Length of Written Work

Creative Research Project

   Minimum: 4 to 5 typewritten, double-spaced pages of text*

   *Note: This project is two fold.  The submission must include both the creative piece as well as a written paper.   The written paper must include a description of the theoretical or conceptual foundation that inspired the creative piece or project.


  • The paper must be typed (Times New Roman font size 11 or 12 or Calibri font size 11, double-spaced), with left-hand margin of 1” and at least 1” top, bottom, and right.
  • Pages must be numbered with Arabic numerals in the upper right-hand corner.
  • The student's name should ONLY appear on the title page.  The name should NOT appear on the individual pages of the paper.  (This will allow the student to remain anonymous when the paper is sent to faculty readers.)

   The title page must include:

  • student’s name, home address, email address, and phone number
  • title of paper
  • category of submission
  • alternate category of submission
  • faculty mentor’s name, email address, and phone number
  • title of course for which the paper was written or the project was created, or a statement that the work was done independent of a course


Each paper, project, or poster must be submitted electronically to Michele Iannuzzi Sucich at  Each individual submitting to the conference must also complete the submission form found on the SOARS web site.  An email from the faculty mentor must also be sent verifying approval of the submission.

Note:  Creative research projects must be accompanied by a digital image or video of the project.

Submission deadline:

December 15