Where is the conference located exactly? I thought the University of St. Thomas is in Minneapolis? The location changed to St. Paul in 2013; the 2014 conference will also be on the St. Paul campus.

The University of St. Thomas actually has two campuses located in the Twin Cities. One is located in St. Paul and one is located in downtown Minneapolis. In previous years the conference was held at the downtown Minneapolis location, but beginning in April 2013 we are pleased to announce that the conference will be in St. Paul in the new Anderson Student Center at the corner of Summit and Cretin Avenues. You can find parking and directions at the appropriate link on this website.

For Saint Paul hotel information, click here  to find the Visitor's Guide to UST discount Lodging Information.

What should I wear to the conference?

We design this conference to simulate most other professional conferences, which means appropriate attire for the conference is "professional." You will find that most other students and faculty will be dressed in professional suits, dress pants, ties, skirts, and shirts. You will likely feel "underdressed" if you wear khaki pants, jeans, shorts, casual dresses, or other typically "casual" attire.

What technology equipment and support can I expect to aid in my presentation?

Each conference room is equipped with an overhead transparency projector, a screen, a flipchart, and a mounted TV/VCR cart.

a. What version of PowerPoint is available?

The standard St. Thomas image for PC computing is Windows 2007, and the version of Microsoft Office (including PowerPoint) is Office 2007. St. Thomas does not have any other presentation software, apart from PowerPoint, as part of its standard computing image.

b. Is a computer available for my use? What type of computer is it?

If you wish to use a computer, you need to submit a written request to us at the time you register for the conference. Unfortunately, we cannot fill last minute requests. There is a limited supply of portable pool desktop PC's. The PC's are all Dells, running Windows 2007, a CD-RW drive, and a DVD-Rom drive (no zip drives). 

c. Do the computers have a zip drive? If not, will it change the graphics for my presentation?

Zip drives are not available.  The file should run the same, whether it is saved to a CD-RW, CD or DVD-Rom. But whatever format you save the file to, it should not affect the content of the presentation. It is recommended that all presentation files be saved to a CD-Rom only. It is also recommended to bring more than one copy of the presentation on disc.

d. Anything else I might want to know about technology related to my presentation?

If you are requesting PowerPoint, please be sure to specify whether or not you intend to bring in your own laptop, or if you need a PC from us.

All LCD projectors on campus are capable of displaying a 1024x768 image from a laptop. Please know how your laptop works in order to connect it to a LCD projector. It is recommended that laptops be tested ahead of time to ensure their compatibility with projectors.

How much time will I have to present my paper?

Although the number of presenters scheduled on any one panel can vary slightly, generally you will be scheduled as part of panel which will include you and three other individuals or groups of presenters. Most presenters are allowed approximately 10 minutes to present their research. Upon completion of student presentations, the faculty respondent assigned to your panel will provide feedback and comments relating to the research presented. The respondent will also allow time for questions from the audience.

Is there food available during the day?

As part of your conference registration, you will enjoy a full lunch buffet during the noon keynote address at the conference. In addition to the lunch buffet, a continental breakfast will be available for your pleasure during the first hour of the conference. All of these food and drink items are complimentary and covered as part of your conference fee.

What does my $40 registration fee cover?

As mentioned above, the conference fee covers all of your food for the day (continental breakfast and lunch), any audio-visual equipment set-up and support, conference programs and use of the facilities at our Minneapolis campus, and a full day of enjoying student presentations of their research. If you have any specific or special needs that would make your conference experience better, please let us know and we will do everything we can to accommodate your request.

Where do we park during the conference? How much will it cost to park?

You can find a current map of the St. Paul campus parking options by clicking on the "Parking/Directions" link at the main page of this website. There you will find a list of current prices for parking in the Anderson Parking Facility located at the intersection of Summit and Cretin Avenues.  The university surface lots are designated for permit parking only, but there might be limited street parking spaces (be careful not to park on blocks with neighborhood parking permit signs).

What is the format for the conference presentations?

Throughout the conference day, multiple panels are scheduled that include students presenting research on related or similar topics. Each panel typically has four students or groups of students; each, in turn, is allotted approximately 10 minutes to present their research. Presenters typically stand in front of the audience and with the assistance of various audio-visual aids, give a formal, professional presentation of their research. We encourage all student presenters to consult with their faculty advisor before they prepare to give their conference presentation.

What is the role of the respondent?

Each panel scheduled at the conference is assigned a faculty "respondent." Respondents typically represent communication faculty from the colleges and universities represented by students at the conference. The job of the respondent is like that of a respondent at any professional conference: To read the research of the presenter before the day of the conference, to listen to the presentation of the researcher, and to provide feedback and comment to each researcher or research team regarding the strengths and weaknesses of their research. The respondent will also likely provide ideas for improving or extending the research presented. The respondent has a few other responsibilities as well, including introducing the panelists, managing the time on the panel, and facilitating questions from the audience.

What if I'm scheduled to present my paper but can't make it to the conference that day?

We understand that last-minute emergencies can occur and that in rare instances you will not be able to attend the conference as planned. If possible, we ask that in the case of such an emergency, you or someone you know call us at the number provided on the conference materials so that we can let your respondent know you will be a part of the panel as scheduled.

Unless there is an emergency, we do expect that all students whose research has been accepted as part of the conference, attend the conference and present their research as scheduled. When you submit your research, you are acknowledging your availability and willingness to participate fully in the conference. If you do know that you will have to miss your scheduled presentation, please call our office to discuss alternatives. Also please note that no registration fees can be returned, for any reason, after the deadline posted on the registration form.

What is the TOP PAPER AWARD?

We will be presenting three Top Paper Awards honoring outstanding student research presented at the conference. All completed research submitted to the conference is eligible. The award winners will be notified ahead of time and will be honored with a plaque honoring their scholarship during a ceremony at the conference. Full details of the award and selection process can be found by clicking on the "Top Paper Award" link at the main page.

What if my submission is not received by the deadline?

In order to successfully plan the conference, we need to receive papers in a timely way. Proposal submission forms must be postmarked by Friday, March 14, 2014.  Electronic copies of papers must be submitted by Sunday, March 16, 2014.   Click here for proposal forms and instructions