2022 COLFA Spring Research Conference

The 2022 Spring Research Conference will take place on Thursday, March 24, 2022.

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The purpose of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Spring Research Conference is to showcase the research, scholarly, and creative works of Undergraduate and Graduate students in COLFA. All students are encouraged to submit an application to participate.

CASH PRIZES will be awarded to undergraduate and graduate winners in each category.

  • Submissions can be made in English or español.
  • Limit one submission per student as the primary author per category.
  • You may submit in more than one category.
  • Deadline to apply: January 28, 2022
  • Students who apply by the deadline will receive an email with conference details at a later date.
  • The conference will take place on Thursday, March 24, 2022 on UTSA’s Main Campus. Times and location information will be sent at a later date.


  • When applying for the conference, you will be asked to submit an abstract.  
  • Abstracts should be no more than 200 words detailing your submission and what attendees can expect from your presentation, performance, or art work.
  • If you would like guidance on how to write a strong abstract, visit this resource from the Council of Undergraduate Research: http://curartsandhumanities.org/resources/how-to-write-an-abstract/


  • Artwork submissions will be evaluated through a separate process in affiliation with the 38th Annual Juried Student Exhibition.
  • Students in the Art category must complete both the Art Department form and COLFA Research Conference form
  • Students with questions about this process should contact Dane.Patterson@utsa.edu
  • Any current UTSA student may apply for this exhibition, independent of major, classification, or area of study.
  • Students working in new media/digital media may choose to submit a given piece of work in either Art or Digital Media, but the same work cannot be submitted for both categories.
Creative Writing


  • Creative Writers must submit a manuscript of 10-20 pages of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. Hybrid-genre work is also accepted. 
  • Manuscripts must be double spaced in 12 point font, either Arial or Times New Roman.
  • A cover sheet should accompany the creative writing project. (The cover sheet will not be included in the presentation.) It should include the applicant’s phone number and email address. In addition, students should indicate the presentation title, home department, their level of study (undergraduate or graduate) along with their program of study and the name of supervising faculty member. The writer’s name shall not appear anywhere on the manuscript.
  • Submit your manuscript and cover letter through the conference application form, no later than January 28, 2022.  
  • Limit one Creative Writing submission per student.


  • Judging will take place before the conference. 
  • Manuscripts must be submitted through the conference application form, no later than January 28, 2022. These materials are due at this time so that judges will have adequate time to consider all of the projects and determine award winners. Students who fail to submit a paper by the deadline or who fail to present at their designated time during the conference will be ineligible for the awards. 
  • Writers with winning entries will notified by February 25 and will have an opportunity to read their work on Thursday, March 24, 2022 as part of the COLFA Research Conference.
Digital Media


  • Digital Media presentations should include a combination of at least two media including text, still images, moving images, sound, and/or animation.
  • Submissions are limited to one Digital Media presentation per student. 
  • Students selected to present will be notified later than February 25. 
  • The presentation should be at least three (3) and no more than seven (7) minutes in length.


  • Judging will take place on-site on the day of the conference.


  • Students working in new media/digital media may choose to submit a given piece of work in either Art or Digital Media, but the same work cannot be submitted for both categories.
  • Digital Media presenters must be available to present their project at the conference on March 24. 
  • Presentation rooms will be equipped with LCD projectors, screens, and computer connection capability. If you need specialized equipment, please contact c4se@utsa.edu with subject line: ATTN DIGITAL MEDIA
Music Lecture-Performance

Submissions and Presentations

  • The music performances and judging will take place on Wednesday, March 23 at 3:30pm in the Arts Building. 
  • Students must provide a spoken introduction to their performance followed by the live performance (or pre-recorded video performance).
  • Each presenter will have 15 minutes, including time for question and answer.  
  • Limit one Music Lecture-Performance submission per student.


  • Judging will take place on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. 
  • Top winners will be notified and invited to perform at the COLFA Research Conference on March 24, 2022.


  • Students in the Department of Music who wish to participate in a non-performance project are encouraged to submit in the Oral Presentation and/or Poster Presentation categories. 
Oral Presentation

The Oral Presentation category is for students who wish to present their scholarship (research or creative activity) in an oral presentation to an audience of faculty, staff, and students.


  • Students who wish to make an oral presentation must submit an abstract with the conference application form.
  • Selection to make an oral presentation will be based on the abstract. Students will be notified by February 28. Students not selected will have the opportunity to present a poster presentation. 
  • Limit one submission per student as primary author. Students can be a contributing author to multiple submissions. In the case of multi-authored works, the first author should be the presenter.
  • The same project cannot be submitted to the Oral Presentation and the Poster Presentation categories.


  • Oral presentations shall be 10 minutes in length, followed by 5 minutes for question and answer. 
  • Use of a PowerPoint to accompany and illustrate the presentation is encouraged. Aim for 10 slides maximum.


  • Judging will take place on-site at the time of the conference.
Poster Presentation

The Poster Presentation category is for students who wish to present their scholarship (research or creative activity) in a short and concise format.  Your poster should engage your audience and spark interest in your project.  Incorporate color, images, graphics, and text into your design to captivate your audience and communicate your main idea.   

Poster presenters must be available for their poster session (usually 1 hour in length) to discuss their project with judges and conference attendees.  

The same project cannot be submitted to the Oral Presentation and the Poster Presentation categories

Posters should include:

  • Title. Keep it short and attention-getting.
  • Author name(s), affiliations; faculty advisor name(s)
  • Introduction. Condense your main idea or question into one or two sentences. 
  • Method/Approach. Explain what you did and how you are doing it. 
  • Conclusion. State what you’ve learned and what remains to be learned.
  • Images and graphics.  Images should be between 200 ppi and 300 ppi to ensure clear resolution on the printed poster.  Be sure to credit your sources if using images that you do not own the rights to. 
  • Bibliography. Max 4-5 sources

Poster Size and Material

  • Posters dimensions 36 inches tall x 48 inches wide, in landscape orientation. 
  • Posters must be printed on vinyl or heavy paper.
  • Other sizes or materials may not fit or attach to display frames. 

Printing Your Poster

If you would like COLFA Center for Student Excellence to print your poster and cover printing costs, send your poster in PDF to c4se@utsa.edu with the subject line, ATTN POSTER PRINTING

Poster Deadline for Printing: March 4, 2022, 5 pm.  


  • Judging will be on-site and winners will be chosen based on the poster and its presentation.
Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) - Graduate Students Only

Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) provides graduate students with the opportunity to showcase their scholarly work or research in a short, live presentation of not more than three minutes.  Presenters can rely on notes or an index card if required.  They can also present a single static PowerPoint slide, but they cannot use sound, video, or any additional props or effects.  Presentations exceeding three minutes in length are disqualified.  Applicants to the Three-Minute Thesis competition are encouraged to also apply to the UTSA-wide 3MT competition hosted by the Graduate School.

  • Open to Graduate Students only.
  • Limit one Three-Minute Thesis submission per student.

If you have any questions about the conference, please email c4se@utsa.edu