Application Submission Overview

Application Form Link: LSURC 2023 Application Form 


  • Submissions Open: October 24, 2022
  • Submissions Deadline EXTENDED to: November 25, 2022 at 11:59 PM PST 
  • Notification of acceptance: Late December

Submissions are now CLOSED



Eligible presenters:

  • are conducting research on any topic related to language or communication (it does not have to be fully independent work – it can be in collaboration with others (e.g. faculty members, other students))
  • can be:
    • (a) current undergraduate students; or
    • (b) recent graduates from an undergraduate program who have not yet entered a graduate program; or
    • (c) Master’s program students in their first year.


Abstract Instructions

Abstract Format

  • PDF, 500 words max (including in-text citations).
  • Include five keywords of your research underneath the title.
  • Include a reference list on an additional page (no word limit).
  • Refer to the “Unified Style Sheet for Linguistics” if your research is in this area.
  • Both in-text citations and the reference list should follow one of the following conventions:
    • APA
    • MLA
    • Chicago
    • Harvard
  • Make sure information is accessible to attendees who are not in your field of study.
    • Explain any jargon or unfamiliar terms if used.
  • Do NOT include names on document or file name.
    • Name your PDF file with the title of the presentation.

Abstract Submission

Two-step process

  1. Fill in online Application form: LSURC 2023 Application Form 
    1. Choice of oral or poster presentation
    2. Any comments or requests for accommodations required (e.g. day/time of presentation, extra equipment)
    3. We will take these into account if possible, but we cannot guarantee that accommodations will be granted due to program constraints
    4. Paste your abstract main body (without keywords and the reference list) in the submission form
  2. Email your PDF to with the subject “LSURC 2023 Abstract Submission”.
    1. Confirm that you have filled in the Application form

Abstract Content

  • Introduction and background information:
    • Existing knowledge and the deficit in the field
    • Your research question
    • Why this particular research question is interesting
    • Methodology
    • Results and main findings
    • Conclusions and implications

Abstract Keywords

A set of good keywords should capture:

  • The research question, area or topic
  • Methodology used
  • Population(s) or language(s) involved


Presentation Details

Oral presentation (in-person presentation with Q&A OR live video-presentation via Zoom with live Q&A):

    • Presentations may be a maximum of 10 minutes in length.
      • Powerpoint slides are expected.
      • Powerpoint slides will need to be emailed to in January 2023 (these will just be used as back up in case of technological difficulties).
    • Q&A:
      • There will be a 5 minute period following your presentation for people to ask questions.

Digital Poster (with or without live Q&A and audio explanation)

    • Posters:
      • submitted as a pdf or jpg
      • will be uploaded onto our website (
    • Q&A:
      • If you choose, on the second day of the conference (February 18th 2023), you will be allotted two 30 minute Q&A sessions during the breaks in oral presentations. You will be required to send us a link to your personal zoom account for these times that we will post on our website along with the poster. These sessions are only 30 minutes in length so a basic (free) zoom account will work.
    • Audio explanation:
      • If you choose, you may send us a pre-recorded audio-narration of your poster which we will embed onto our website below the poster. This makes your presentation more accessible and interesting to both our conference attendees and adjudicators. Further details and deadlines about audio explanations will be announced soon.


Tips for Creating Presentations

Main elements to include, just like when writing research papers, usually are:

  • Introduction & Research Question
  • Methodology
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • References

Less is more on a poster or even in a 10-minute talk (it’s less time than you think!), so you want to make sure you get the main point(s)/take-home message across rather than trying to add lots of details.

Check out some tips for putting together an oral presentation:


Here are some links with tips for creating a poster presentation:




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