Project Descriptions

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The Graduate Symposium for Research and Creative Inquiry welcomes proposals from any current or recent Longwood graduate students. This symposium highlights new and ongoing graduate research or class projects. Graduate students may present on any aspect of their current research or class projects, in whichever format is most relevant to their respective discipline or field of study.


The symposium will be held on Saturday,  April 29 from 12pm-5pm. There are options for both in-person participation and virtual participation.


All participants will submit a recorded presentation (with a visual, such as poster or slides) to the Symposium Committee by 4/16. Participants will be assigned to small groups (either in-person or a Zoom breakout room). During the breakout sessions, they will briefly recap their research and then there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.

Category 1: Students will complete a systematic literature review using APA 7 guidelines. They will include their research aim or question and will answer their research questions using current literature (2015-current). Students will follow APA 7 guidelines for in text citations as well as a reference list.  Additionally, students will use a PRISMA diagram to explain their rationale for which articles they included in their literature review. Judges will assess student’s reviews based on their use of APA 7, study rationale, and connection of research question to current literature.


Category 2: Students will complete a study proposal, similar to a conference proposal. They will include their introduction with evidence-based research, rational or purpose for their study, research questions or aims, and methodology. The introduction must include citations from peer reviewed articles using APA7 guidelines. Their rational should be clear and descriptive showing the need their study and their research question must be measurable. Their methodology should include the type of study, detailed plans for how they will achieve the study, plans for how they will analyze the data, and hypotheses of their results.

Category 3: This category is for completed research projects where you have collected data and are presenting results and conclusions, in addition to your literature review and methods.

Category 4: If you have a project for a class that does not fit into categories 1, 2, or 3, you can submit it here.

Three minute thesis (3MT) is an international, graduate level initiative that started in Australia at Queensland University and is now used by graduate programs across the United States. At Longwood in 2019, we held our first 3MP (Three Minute Presentation) as a modified version of 3MT.


The 3MP allows graduate students, alumni, and faculty to share how their research, inquiry, and graduate studies will help them make a difference in their chosen careers through a highly polished, practiced, memorized three-minute oral presentation. 3MP presenters are allowed to have one slide and presentations need to be appropriate to non-specialist audiences so anyone can understand the potential impact of a graduate level studies.