Application Submission Overview

  • Dates
    • Submissions OpenOct 20th, 2017
    • Submission Deadline: Tuesday, December 5th*, 2017, 11:59pm (*extended from the original Dec. 1st deadline)
    • Notification of acceptance (by email): December 2017


  • Eligible presenters:
    • are conducting research on any topic related to language or communication 
      • does not have to be fully independent work – can be in collaboration with others (e.g. faculty members)
    • 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).
      • 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 2018 Application Form
      • Choice of oral or poster presentation
      • Any comments or requests for accommodations required (eg. Day/time of presentation, extra equipment)
        • We will take these into account if possible, but we cannot guarantee that accommodations will be granted due to program constraints
      • Paste your abstract main body (without keywords and the reference list) in the submission form
    • 2) Email your PDF to with the title “LSURC2018 Abstract Submission”.
      • Confirm that you have filled in the Application form
  • What you can include in your abstract:
    • 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
  • How to choose keywords?
    • A set of good keywords should capture:
      • Research question, area or topic
      • Methodology used
      • Population(s) or language(s) involved


Presentation Details

  • Oral:
    • Presentations are allotted 10 minutes, with a few minutes for questions after each.
      • Powerpoint slides are expected.
    • Set-up:
      • Before your session (ie. at the start of the conference or during the break) bring up a USB stick with your presentation file and transfer it to the conference computer (preferred)
      • Alternatively, email your presentation file or web link to the organizers ( before the registration time of your presentation day.
  • Poster:
    • Poster dimensions:
      • 3ft high (36”) by 4ft wide (48”)
    • Poster sessions will last up to 1.5 hour.
      • At least one presenter must be at the poster throughout the session.
    • Presenter(s) are expected to be able to give a brief introduction of their research and be prepared to answer questions.
    • Set-up:
      • Print your posters ahead of time and bring it with you on the conference day.
      • Before the poster session (ie. during the break), put up your poster in the assigned spot (by number). Mounting material will be provided.

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:


For more information: