One of your professors may have referred you to this website, or maybe you came across it in your own internet search for a local student conference. You have come to the right place.
LSC-5 provides you with the perfect venue for showcasing your work. It is all-encompassing, bringing together the disciplines of Speech, Linguistics, and Communication, so your language-related research is likely to be a fit in this very big picture we are going to put together. It is a friendly and informal environment, for and with other students like you, as well as faculty members who care about your success, so you can relax and truly enjoy talking about research and meeting some like-minded new friends (and who knows, maybe even mentors) in the process. It is fully online and free, so you don’t need to worry about travel funds or any other special arrangements.
We encourage students to submit their work via the Submit Your Abstract page. If you have any questions before deciding whether to do so, please use the contact form (available in the menu bar) to ask them. We will try our best to send you an answer in 24-48 hours.
What is an abstract? Briefly put, it is a very brief summary of the work you have done or intend to do in order to answer a research question, in which you are giving the reader a sense of what your project is about, why it is important, what methods you are using in order to pursue the main topic, and what your (expected) results are. The point is to convince your reader of the relevance of your work (in a conference context, your reader is going to be a reviewer, or someone in charge of determining whether your work is worthy of dissemination to a wider audience). An abstract, “…in a sense it is a marketing document for your full paper.” Read more about how to write an abstract here or here.
We believe students may benefit from giving poster presentations – more personal, less intimidating, more ‘networky’ – before trying their hand at oral presentations. At LSC-5, most of the oral presentations will be authored or co-authored by faculty members, and most of the posters will be authored by students (both individual and joint submissions are welcome). If you already have experience in a conference setting, however, and would like to present your project orally, please let us know (in the submission form) and we will try to accommodate your request.
Lastly, we are happy to inform you that our student organizers, aided by two faculty members, will award a prize to the author(s) of the best student poster. Their decision is going to be based on various criteria, among which the content and look of your poster, as well as the quality of your presentation. May the best poster win!