Student Conference


Student participants in the Student Conference will engage in rigorous undergraduate research and present their work in a formal conference environment.

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Review the rubrics by which your proposals will be evaluated for admission to the conference, and review sample proposals from past years.

Tips on Writing a Proposal for the MCCCD Student Conference

The proposal is an overview of your anticipated research project.  It will help the conference organizers understand what you plan to present, so they can choose presentations that will be enjoyable and useful for the conference attendees.

For the MCCCD Student Conference, your proposal should contain:

1. An informative title for your proposed presentation

2. An overview of what type of results you anticipate finding.  You might include:

  • Your hypothesis and/or research question (what you intend to try to prove or discover)
  • The results that you may discover

3. A description of how you will be researching your topic.  For example, you might be planning to:

  • Read
  • Interview
  • Observe
  • Experiment

Be sure to include at least 5 important academic sources, correctly cited in MLA or APA style.  These sources will show the judges that you have already begun the process of investigating your research question.

4. An explanation of why you selected your research topic.  Consider issues like:

  • How did you become interested in the topic?
  • Why is the topic significant?
  • Why is it important to learn more about this topic?
  • Why is it important to conduct research in this area?

Helpful Links: (especially for APA)