Do I need to Participate?
If you are participating in any non-course based experience, you need to succesfully pass the ELF to get experience credit. Please see the table on the front page.
Even if I don't need to participate, can I?
Yes! Professionally, the Experiential Learning Fair is a way to learn how to talk meaningfully about all the work and activities you do outside of the classroom that make you who you are – and a more competitive graduate school and job applicant.
Socially, this is a way to meet other like-minded Honors College students.
Financially, there are some sweet awards for the top entries.
Your presentation can be a line on your résumé!
I am already presenting my research at the OUR (Office of Undergraduate Research) Spring conference. Should I present about my research again? And if I do, can I present the same poster?
You definitely should present it again for several reasons:
- The Experiential Learning Fair focuses on why your activity/research/project matters in ways different than contribution to discipline alone. Think that doesn’t matter so much? Ah, the National Science Foundation, or NSF, is the primary funder of scientific research in the United States. NSF grant reviewers assess your grant application for two things: contribution to the discipline and contribution to society. The latter has to be in plain language. It is often the hardest component of grant writing for academic researchers. In the Experiential Learning Fair, you will both write about the contribution to society in your poster and you will talk about it with the judges.
- The Experiential Learning Fair is a different venue to document your research. That means your participation goes onto your CV/résumé. And if you win? That goes on your CV/résumé, too.
- With these scholarship amounts for producing a free poster with a given template and talking about something you love? Why wouldn’t you?
You cannot present the OUR poster at the Experiential Learning Fair – but for good reasons. The poster components are different. You are judged on poster components and your ability to talk about them. The Experiential Learning Fair allows you to reframe your research in a way that makes this a different conference presentation for professional development/CV/résumé. It is perfectly appropriate to present at multiple conferences on different aspects of the same experience. The different focus in the OUR and the Experiential Learning Fair allows you that opportunity.
Can I submit in more than one category?
Yes, students can submit in as many categories as they like. Students can submit two posters per fair, but if you need to present more posters (especially if you are a senior), please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I submit to more than one category, can I win more than one prize?
You can win a prize in each category you submit.
Where do I register?
Students can register at the ELF Page after registration has opened.
What should my abstract have in it?
Your abstract can only have 150 words. It should include a brief description of the following:
- Name, location and timeframe for activity; the goals and mission of your activity; the scope of your responsibilities and activities; specific personal, professional, social and/or intellectual growth you experienced; contribution to society.
Who is my “faculty mentor, site supervisor, or other mentor?”
This is the person at UTSA or your experiential learning location that was most directly responsible for your participation and experience.
After I register, what do I do?
Create and submit your poster template by the deadline. Submission details and template are available in the Blackboard course to which you will be added.
I have more questions. Where do I find answers?
Email the Honors College at UTSA at: email@example.com