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Annual Student Research Symposium


A Showcase of Original Student Works Illustrating and Investigating Global Citizenship
Monday, May 5 – Friday, May 9, 2014
Main Campus

For the fifth consecutive year, Santa Monica College is proud to present our students' finest work investigating and celebrating the ideas and practices of global citizenship. All SMC students are invited to submit their work from the 2013-14 academic year, with the best examples receiving prizes as well as campus wide recognition for their achievement.  The application period for the Symposium is now closed.
Please join us this week in celebrating student work that highlights the impact of Global Citizenship at Santa Monica College.  Students from varied disciplines across campus will demonstrate through their project presentations how they have incorporated Global Citizenship into their class work throughout this past academic year.  The symposium itinerary is as follows:
May 6 (Tuesday), 11:15-12:45 in ART 214: poetry, video and film, and poster presentations.
May 7 (Wednesday), 11:00-2:00 at the Quad North Lawn: art installation
May 8 (Thursday), 11:15-12:45 in ART 100: art works
May 8 (Thursday), 11:15-12:45 in Art 214: speech (please note the room change from HSS 301 to Art 214)
If you submitted an application, but have not yet submitted your work, please see details below:
Here is how you can enter:
  1. Review the additional guidelines in the table below for your respective entry format. These guidelines include directions on where and when you should bring your completed project. For some formats, this will require delivery before May 5. If you are unsure in which format your project fits, please contact Eric Minzenberg (, chair of the Global Council for direction.
  2. Attend the symposium itself on the day you are assigned to present your project – one of the days in the week May 5-9. Depending on the number of entries we receive, not everyone who enters may be asked to present their work. But some of the categories (e.g., dance performances, speeches) will be judged at the symposium, and all prize winners must be present to receive their award.
​Entry Format ​Additional Guidelines
​Due Date
​Writing ​Specifications
​April 21, 2014
​Posters ​Specifications ​May 5-9 (TBD)
​Film ​- ​April 21, 2014
​Photography ​- ​April 21, 2014
​Audio/Visual/Multimedia Presentation ​- ​April 21, 2014
​Dance Performance ​-
​May 5-9 (TBD)
​Music Performance ​- ​May 5-9 (TBD)
Theater Scene ​- ​May 5-9 (TBD)
​Monologue ​- ​May 5-9 (TBD)
​Informative or Persuasive Speech ​- ​May 5-9 (TBD)
​Painting, Sculpture, or other work of art ​- ​May 5-9 (TBD)


Answers to several frequently asked questions are included below.

Who is eligible to enter their work?
Anyone enrolled in a class at Santa Monica College during the 2013-14 academic year is eligible to enter work derived from that class, or from another project done this year under the supervision of an SMC faculty member. This includes works completed during the most recent summer and winter intersessions, as well as the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters. Students are welcome to submit revised or expanded versions of their course work, but the project must be rooted in something they produced at SMC.
Can group projects be entered?
Yes. Students can enter their work individually or as part of a group that worked together on a project. 
Does the work have to be a formal "research" project?
No. We invite submissions of any original student work that is connected to global citizenship and derives from an SMC course. This could be a project that investigates a specific global issue, or it could be a celebration or critical reflection on what it means to be a citizen of planet Earth. The presented work can take any number of forms, including written prose or poetry, works of art, live speeches and performances, film, and poster and multimedia presentations.
What is "global citizenship"?
Good question. Here is how the college's Global Council currently articulates the concept, but this symposium/showcase provides students with an opportunity to lay out an alternative vision of global citizenship as well.  For more information please see the SMC Global Citizenship website at
Must entries relate to the annual Global Citizenship theme?
No. We have chosen an annual theme since 2009-10 in order to provide the college community with a more focused set of issues that might facilitate interdisciplinary discussion better than the abstract idea of global citizenship itself. This year's theme is Peace and Security: Managing Conflict and Violence in a Turbulent World, and we certainly would welcome entries that relate to the theme and its attention to local and global inequalities. We also have recognized each year the single best theme-related entry with a special President's Award. But, no, it is not required that work entered this year be related to this year's (or any year's) theme; anything of relevance to some aspect of global citizenship is welcome.
Do selected entries need to be present during the Research Symposium Week (May 5-9)?
Yes. As a symposium/showcase, the main purpose of this event is to provide students with a forum for sharing their work with the larger college community. More than just display their paper, poster, film, dance, speech, sculpture, etc., this event invites students to share and discuss their work, along with the ideas and motivations that lie behind it, with an audience of fellow students and teachers from a variety of the college's departments and programs. It is a relatively rare opportunity for artists to share their work with non-artists, scientists with non-scientists, and so on, as part of an interdisciplinary conversation about global citizenship.