110th Annual ECA Convention

Creating our Future

Providence, Rhode Island

Wednesday, April 10 – Sunday, April 14, 2019


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Student Participation

CALL FOR PAPERS


Ninth Annual
James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond
Undergraduate Scholars Conference

In Conjunction with the
110th Eastern Communication Association Convention

 USC DIRECTORS

Meredith Harrigan, State University of New York at Geneseo
Atsushi Tajima, State University of New York at Geneseo


Theme for Eastern Communication Association 2019 Convention: Creating Our Future

Conference Dates: Wednesday, April 10 – Sunday, April 14, 2019

Location: Omni Providence Hotel, 1 West Exchange Street Providence, Rhode Island 02903


****Submission Deadline: December 17, 2018****
(Note: This deadline enables full semester preparation)

With questions, email: undergraduateconferenceECA19@gmail.com

Call for undergraduate submissions: We invite you to attend and present at the 9th annual James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference (USC) to be held concurrently with the ECA’s 110th annual convention. USC events are typically scheduled from Thursday through Saturday. The USC will center on the convention theme, Creating Our Future, which encourages us to consider how we, as Communication scholars, can build a better future. A central question is “what resources do I create and how can those resources create new possibilities for others?”

The USC will feature the best research from undergraduate Communication students. All submissions will be blind-reviewed. Submissions must be free of identifying information, track changes, and track comments. Submission options are:

  • Competitive Paper Presentations - This option is recommended for finished papers. These submissions will require formal presentations - authors will explain their research in a 10–12 minute oral presentation. Several papers will be presented together around a common theme. These presentations will be followed by a response from a communication scholar. Due to logistical limitations, some papers may be accepted for presentation as a poster (See below.).
  • Panel Discussions - This option is recommended for topics/issues that address a timely communication issue or the convention theme where discussion is more appropriate by several authors. Panels consisting of people from different institutions is encouraged.
  • Poster Presentations - This option is recommended for research in progress where feedback could be helpful and for projects that would benefit from a visual display.

In conjunction with the National Communication Association, the USC will also recognize the Lambda Pi Eta Top Paper Award. Created in 2017, the Lambda Pi Eta Top Paper Award recognizes the outstanding research of undergraduates at the regional level. The award will be presented to the Lambda Pi Eta member with the highest ranked individually authored paper at the James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference. Although all students are invited to submit a paper to USC, only those who have been inducted as Lambda members prior to the submission deadline will be eligible for this award.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMITTING COMPETITIVE PAPERS

Each student can submit a maximum of two papers. Papers should be a maximum of 25 double-spaced pages, excluding references and appendices, and typed in 12-point font with 1-inch margins. Papers should be written in accordance with the University of Chicago Manual of Style or APA 6th edition. Times New Roman font is preferred. The main document should NOT include any identifying author, school, faculty, or contact information. Be sure to inspect the document and remove personal information from the document properties.

ECA will now be using Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. This is the same system used by the National Communication Association so you may be familiar with it. The deadline for submissions remains the same, December 17, 2018 at 11:59 PM. You will be prompted to create a new User ID and Password to submit your work. An email will be sent to the membership in the next couple of months to announce when Attendee Interactive will be open for submission. Additional information, including a link to the submission page, will be sent to ECA members on the day the submission website opens. 

When submitting work, the following fields will be completed:

  • Title
  • 100-150 word description (i.e., abstract) including the Professional Responsibility Statement (see below)
  • Special requests, if applicable
  • Audio Visual form
  • Main document (The accepted file types are Word and PDF)
  • Supporting documents, if applicable

Professional Responsibility Statement: In submitting the attached paper or proposal, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. If this submission is accepted and programmed, I/We agree to register for the 2019 ECA Convention, pay fees, and present in Providence. I/We understand that presenters with last minute emergencies must make arrangements as possible for an alternate presenter as well as communicate their absences to both the USC Planners and ECA VP; no shows will be removed from the official program. 

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMITTING PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Each student can submit a maximum of one discussion panel. Submitted documents should NOT include any identifying author, school, faculty, or contact. Be sure to inspect the document and remove personal information from the document properties.

ECA will now be using Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. This is the same system used by the National Communication Association so you may be familiar with it. The deadline for submissions remains the same, December 17, 2018 at 11:59 PM. You will be prompted to create a new User ID and Password to submit your work. An email will be sent to the membership in the next couple of months to announce when Attendee Interactive will be open for submission. Additional information, including a link to the submission page, will be sent to ECA members on the day the submission website opens.

When submitting work, the following fields will be completed:

  • A thematic title
  • Participants (names & affiliations)
  • Estimated attendance, if applicable
  • Special requests, if applicable
  • Audio Visual form
  • Rationale (no more than 2 pages, excluding references)
  • Supporting documents that include titles and abstract for each paper or presentation, program copy (no more than a 75-word description of the panel) and the Professionalism Responsibility Statement (see below). (The accepted file types are Word and PDF)

Professional Responsibility Statement: In submitting the attached paper or proposal, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. If this submission is accepted and programmed, I/We agree to register for the 2019 ECA Convention, pay fees, and present in Providence. I/We understand that presenters with last minute emergencies must make arrangements as possible for an alternate presenter as well as communicate their absences to both the USC Planners and ECA VP; no shows will be removed from the official program.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMITTING POSTER DISCUSSIONS

Each student can submit a maximum of one poster.

ECA will now be using Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. This is the same system used by the National Communication Association so you may be familiar with it. The deadline for submissions remains the same, December 17, 2018 at 11:59 PM. You will be prompted to create a new User ID and Password to submit your work. An email will be sent to the membership in the next couple of months to announce when Attendee Interactive will be open for submission. Additional information, including a link to the submission page, will be sent to ECA members on the day the submission website opens

When submitting work, the following fields will be completed:

  • Poster title
  • A one-page description (i.e., abstract)
  • A detailed rationale for why this would make an excellent poster presentation (no more than 2 pages, excluding references). (The accepted file types are Word and PDF)
  • The Professionalism Responsibility Statement (see below).

Professional Responsibility Statement: In submitting the attached paper or proposal, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. If this submission is accepted and programmed, I/We agree to register for the 2019 ECA Convention, pay fees, and present in Providence. I/We understand that presenters with last minute emergencies must make arrangements as possible for an alternate presenter as well as communicate their absences to both the USC Planners and ECA VP; no shows will be removed from the official program.

Please, visit http://www.ecasite.org/aws/ECA/pt/sp/convention_students for further submission guidelines. Email questions to undergraduateconferenceECA19@gmail.com

Convention Acceptance Notifications: January, 2019


 

****Submission Deadline: December 17, 2018 11:59 EST****

ECA USC Poster Guidelines - PowerPoint

 ECA USC Poster Guidelines Word Document



Call for Competitive Graduate Posters

The 110th Eastern Communication Association Convention

Providence, RI

April 10 - April 14, 2019

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: DECEMBER 17, 2018

Planner Email: jatkinson3030@gmail.com

2019 ECA Graduate Poster Session Planner: Jordan Atkinson, Missouri Western State University

Submission Format: ECA will now be using Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. This is the same system used by the National Communication Association so you may be familiar with it. The deadline for submissions remains the same, December 17, 2018 at 11:59 PM. You will be prompted to create a new User ID and Password to submit your work. An email will be sent to the membership in the next couple of months to announce when Attendee Interactive will be open for submission. Additional information, including a link to the submission page, will be sent to ECA members on the day the submission website opens.

Submission Guidelines for Completed Posters

  • A title page
  • Authors
  • Abstract
  • Mark "Debut" if the author has not presented previously at a regional or national convention.
  • An abstract
  • A 1 – 2 page description of the research to be depicted, including ideas/questions that will be discussed during your poster session and recommendations for future research.

Include the following statement with submissions.

In submitting the attached paper/panel, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. I/We agree to present this paper/panel if it is accepted and programmed. I/We further recognize that all who attend and present at ECA’s annual meeting must register and pay required fees. 

Convention Acceptance Notifications: January 2019

Student Poster Session Guidelines

2018 Poster Example


 

Application for Student Ambassador Program


The ECA Student Ambassador Program is designed to provide Undergraduate students with the opportunity to, without paying registration fees, attend and participate in the ECA convention and experience an academic service opportunity. It is a wonderful chance to learn about academia while adding a service element to the Ambassador’s résumé or graduate school application.

This is a competitive selection process and a limited number of Ambassador slots are available to only the best applicants.

Applications due: March 1, 2019 (early application is encouraged)

The Student Ambassador Role and Benefits

Ambassadors will:

  • serve in an administrative or potentially a supervisory role during the convention
  • serve a minimum of 10 hours of time that will be contracted with the First VP or Executive Director
  • receive a special invitation to attend one Executive Council meeting (attendance is not mandatory to receive this scholarship)
  • work on tasks such as coordinating with fellow Ambassadors to work on special projects or convention planning, serve as a liaison between First VP and hotel staff, oversee student volunteers, interact with IG chairs to record panel attendance, assist with logistics, or other duties coordinated between the First VP and the individual Ambassador
  • be identified on Convention badges
  • have registration fees waived for ECA 2019, which should be listed on future résumés and applications as “Recipient of the ECA Student Ambassador Scholarship”
  • leave with official letter of recommendation related to their tasks from ECA president

Student Ambassador Requirements

  • Ambassadors must be currently registered at a collegiate institution and be in good standing with that institution
  • Ambassadors must be available to attend the Convention for at least 2 days (day and time availability will be considered in the application review)
  • Ambassadors may sit on no more than 2 regular session or USC panels total but will have time to attend numerous panels and events
  • Ambassadors must behave and dress professionally (in professional/office work attire) during both convention attendance as well as after hours events during the days of the convention and while completing Ambassador tasks

Application Process

Applications are due March 1, 2019 (early application is encouraged) to First VP, Katherine Thweatt. The student should fill out the online application linked below and submit it. The next step will be to register for the convention when it opens in February - no application will be considered until the registration is complete. (if a student is selected as an ambassador, the convention registration fees will be waived and refunded) and then fill out the application.

Click Here to complete and submit your application.

For additional information, please contact:

First Vice President & Primary Convention Planner
Katherine Thweatt
SUNY Oswego
katherine.thweatt@oswego.edu