Research Symposium FAQs

Q: Who can submit an abstract?
A: Current COM and COB Students, faculty at KCU and KCU-GMEC residents can submit an abstract.

Q: What if my research was not completed while I was a student/faculty member at KCU?
A: You can submit an abstract and present, but you will not be eligible to compete for awards.

Q: Who can compete for presentation awards?
A: Any current student that has completed their research at KCU can compete for awards.

Q: Where can I find more information and the Symposium agenda?
A: You can find the agenda and any updates here.

Q: How will I be notified my abstract was accepted?
A: You will be notified by email if your abstract has been accepted by February 16.

Q: What are the student eligibility requirements for the competition aspect of the Symposium?
A: Research must have been completed while enrolled at KCU to qualify for award/competition.

Q: If I don’t have a poster printed for my presentation how will KCU help me?
A: KCU will provide funding for poster printing for students and faculty accepted to present. The poster must be submitted using the KCU format (poster template). Proof your poster carefully before submitting. Your poster is a reflection of your hard work and findings and a chance for you to put information and results in visual format - take your time! Students, work with your mentor to ensure an error free poster is presented.

Q: Where do I submit my poster request?
A: Click here to submit poster request. Poster request must be submitted in PDF format

Q: Where can I find the poster template?
A: Click here for poster template. Important: The KCU poster template is portrait orientation and 4' tall by 3' wide. Please follow the instructions listed within the template on how to adjust and setup the poster.

Q: What is the printing/proofing process of my poster?
A: Once your poster request is submitted and received, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs staff will work with an outside printer/laminating service. Once an electronic proof is ready, you will be emailed and asked to respond as soon as possible to confirm proof is OK to print or make changes if necessary. Please note any posters requiring re-print because of proofing/formatting issues will not be funded by KCU; please proof your poster carefully before submitting and review the electronic proof carefully before confirming it is OK to print.

Q: How/where is my poster delivered once it’s printed?
A: The poster is delivered in a plastic bag (not a hard tube) to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (in Dybedal) and you will need to pick it up when notified by email.

Q: When can I set up my poster for judging?
A: Between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20  (the day before the event). If you are unable to display your poster during this time, please ask someone to do it for you.  Push pins and presentation boards will be provided.

Q: How will I present my information to judges, as a group or individually...?
A: You will stand by your poster and judges will walk around to each presenter. Be prepared to give a brief overview of your research and answer questions the judges ask. Students and faculty will be viewing posters and asking questions as well. Be prepared! This is your chance to get others as excited as you are about your research.

Q: When are awards given and photos taken?
A: At the end of the event day; around 4:00.

Q: What else can I expect during the Symposium other than my poster being judged?
A: Breakfast, invited student and keynote speakers, question and answer session with keynote speaker, lunch, and a chance to interact and present to faculty and other students.

Q: What if I have additional questions or need assistance?
A: Contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at 816-654-7603 or email Gwen Dodd at

Additional information:

All presenters are required to attend the Research Symposium event from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If selected to present, poster printing request forms are due to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs no later than March 2.

There will be a student prize and certificate award for 1st place oral presentation and 1st and 2nd place poster presentations.

Faculty members are invited to submit posters for presentation. Submission deadline is March 2.

Check your email daily for important announcements and additional communication about the Symposium, posters, etc.