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Appalachian Student Research Forum

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Abstract Submission

Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline 
  for both Oral and Poster Presentations:   Midnight, Thursday, March 1, 2018

If the University is closed due to inclement weather on March 1st, the deadline date will be March 2, 2018.

Please read this page before you register!

Registration is free and open to all student researchers in the southern Appalachian region. However, space is limited and not all abstracts may be accepted.  You may assume that your registration is accepted unless you hear from us otherwise.  You will be notified on or before  March 12 if your abstract is not accepted.  Please check the Alphabetical Participant List to ensure your name is listed.

  • A presentation (whether poster or oral) should be registered under the presenter's name.  If there are more than one author, decide who will be the main presenter/award recipient, then register only under that person's name.
  • Submit only one (1) registration per presentation  The name on the registration should be the first author listed in the Authors Section of the abstract.  Each author/co-presenter does NOT need to submit a registration form.   Each poster should be registered 1 time under 1 name.
  • Only one (1) presentation per project is allowed, no matter how many authors or students worked on the project.  If more than one presentation is submitted for the same project, all may be rejected.
  • You may register for either an oral presentation or a poster presentaiton, but not both.
  • A person can be the presenter on no more than 1 competitive poster; any subsequently-registered posters will be considered non-competitive and may be rejected due to space limitations. 
  • Oral presentations are limited to 1 presentation per presenter
  • Oral presentations should be limited to 1 presenter per presentation, except in those rare instances where work on a  project is equally shared between two individual.  In those cases, each may deliver a portion of the presentation if the portions are well-planned and organized in advance -- decide who will be the lead presenter/award recipient and register only under that person's name.
  • Registration for the Oral Presentations at the Forum is competitive. Only a limited number of oral presenters can be accommodated.  In the event that you apply for an Oral Session and are not chosen, you will have the option of presenting a poster instead, if space is available. If you do not wish to enter a poster in the poster competition, be sure to indicate this option on your registration form.  Remember,  onnly 1 oral presentation per person is allowed.

You may register for either poster or oral presentation (not both).

Note:  The last questions on the registration form ask you to both paste your abstract in the boxes and upload an MS Word file containing your abstract.  You are required to do both. 

BEFORE you submit your abstract,
be absolutely sure that you followed the Abstract Preparation Guidelines

Failure to follow the Abstract Guidelines may result in your registration being rejected.


Should you register your poster as non-competitive?  We strongly encourage you to enter your poster competitively. As a student presenter, this gives you the opportunity to gain valuable experience with presenting in a no-pressure, non-confrontational learning environment -- plus the possibility that your poster could be chosen as a winner and you would be awarded prize money!  You should only register your poster as non-competitive if you are not going to be present at the event or if you are registering more than 1 poster.


All post-secondary students in the Appalachian region are invited to enter the poster competition to present their research.  Registration is free.

The Oral Presentation Sessions are open only to Graduate Students, Pharmacy Students, Medical Residents and Post-Doctoral Fellows. (Undergraduate students are not eligible to participate in oral presentations at the Forum.  ETSU undergraduate students should instead register for the Boland Symposium, a separate event -- visit the ETSU Boland Undergraduate Student Research Symposium page.)

Special Approvals:

Did your research project involve the use of human subjects, animals, pathogens, etc.?  If so, please read the Special Approvals page and speak with your faculty mentor/sponsor.  

Does your presentation include any patient data?  If so, read the HIPAA Compliance page and speak with your faculty mentor/sponsor.

Go to the Registration Form

If you need assistance with the registration process or with the registration form itself,
call 423-439-6059 weekdays 8-4:30.



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