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Abstract Submission

The deadline has been extended to April 15th, 2020.

All SOURCE presentations will be online, more information coming soon.

Des Moines Campus, May 12th
Ellensburg Campus, May 13th & 14th


Presentations for 2020 will be 10-12 minutes. Please plan accordingly.


reSOURCE Award

CWU Libraries and the Friends of the Brooks Library will award up to four SOURCE projects the reSOURCE award for outstanding use of library resources in your project.

This includes books, journals, Archives & Special Collections, databases, library equipment, and even our programs and spaces!  The library faculty and staff themselves are resources in your research journey.  See for all that the CWU Libraries have to offer. To apply, write a brief essay, less than 250 words, on how you used the library and/or its resources in your work. You will be asked to submit this essay after submissions close on April 3rd. A library committee will select the winners and each of the four awardees will received $100.

SOURCE Meta award/opportunity! 

Six students will be selected from the list of 2020 science SOURCE winners for the opportunity to present their work at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Pacific Division annual meeting. This meeting will be held in Ashland, OR in mid-June, 2020 (visit for more information). Travel, room, and registration costs will be covered by CWU (College of the Sciences, Student Academic Senate, and Career Services). For more information, contact Dr. Bob Hickey (Geography, or Dr. Eric Graham (Biology,

If you select 'no', please type N/A in the box below.
Please include names of all student authors, including their email and student ID, as seen in this example: Student Name - Student Email - Student ID number
Primary Faculty or Staff Mentor
(Faculty/Staff Authors must complete mentor information. Faculty/Staff must approve their own abstracts)
If you do not see your mentor's Department/Program on the list, please select "Other" and fill in their area below
If you do not see your mentor's Department/Program on the above list, type it here.

Please double-check that your mentor's email address is entered correctly. Your mentor will be sent an email to approve your abstract. If the email address you enter here is incorrect, your abstract submission will fail because your mentor will not receive the message to approve your abstract.

Project Information
If you do not see the appropriate subject area, please enter it above.
Did this project involve a study abroad or international experience?
Did this project involve academic service learning?
Your abstract will later be published on Scholarworks. If you would not like to have your abstract published, please email

Must be 250 words or less. The abstract should be one paragraph. You may copy and paste from a word document or enter the text directly in the box above.

List 3 keywords that reflect important concepts or topics in your presentation. Capitalize the keywords and separate them with commas. PLEASE NOTE: Along with those 3 keywords, add the words "academic service learning", "diversity," or "sustainability" if they apply to your presentation.
If you are presenting in a panel, you need to list the additional presentations and the corresponding authors that need to be scheduled in the same panel alongside the overall theme for the panel. Please separate presentations using a semi-colon (;).

Descriptions regarding the different presentations formats can be found here.

Special Requirements

*If you require a laptop, please work with your department or other areas on campus (SURC, MEC, etc.) before requesting one from the OUR, as we have a very limited supply.* Please list additional requirements and/or accommodations needed for your presentation below (e.g., internet, table, floor space, power to your poster/creative works display, seating for instrumental performances, rearrangement of room, sign language interpreter, etc.). If you are a creative works or constructed object presenter (especially if you are Engineering Technologies, Safety and Construction) you must specify the amount of floor space needed, if electricity is needed, what size table is needed, please make these instructions very clear, so we can place you accordingly). Note that all oral sessions will have a projector, a computer and PowerPoint. In the box below, please write your additional presentation needs, please write "None" if you do note need anything else in order to present.

Special Session Requests

If there are other presentations you wish to be scheduled with in a session, please describe both the presentations and the desired theme/title of your session. If you would like to present with other specific presenters or in a specific order, please give as much information as possible here so that we may try to honor your request. If you have already filled this information out regarding a panel presentation above, no further information is required.

Central Washington University is committed to creating a learning environment that meets the needs of its diverse student body. If you anticipate or experience any barriers to learning, discuss your concerns with our office. Students with disabilities should contact Disability Services to discuss a range of options to removing barriers, including accomodations. If you are seeking accomodations for SOURCE, there is the option of temporary registration through Disability Services, which is located in Hogue 126. Call (509) 963-2214 or email for more information.

Did the research involve people as subjects? (surveys, experiments, etc.)
If yes, the research must have been approved by the Human Subjects Review Council (HSRC). If you have not yet received approval, contact Sandra Martinez at x3115. This is the responsibility of the student research and mentors.
Did this research involve vertebrate animals as subjects? (experiments, etc.)
If yes, the research must have been approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. If you have not yet received approval contact Jason Irwin at x2884. This is the responsibility of the student researchers and mentors and is only required for vertebrate animals.

Interested in nominating your mentor for an award?

Any student may nominate their mentor for the Mentor of the Year award, sponsored by the United Faculty of Central. Check "Yes" if you wish to nominate your primary mentor, and we will follow up with you. Just checking the box is not enough: You will be sent an email reminder after SOURCE submissions close with more information asking you to submit a 500-word nomination essay.

NOTE: Checking "yes" does not complete the nomination process. We will follow up to request the 500-word essay, so please start working on it now, so that it is ready when we request it. This will be after your submission has been approved by your mentor and our department.
Would you like to be considered for the Library reSOURCE award? If you select yes, you will be contacted after submissions close on April 3rd and given a timeline of when to submit your essay. Please see description of award above webform.

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