109th Annual ECA Convention

Building Bridges

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

April 25-29, 2018

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Student Participation

Call for Papers
Seventh Annual
James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond
Undergraduate Scholars Conference

In Conjunction with the
108th Eastern Communication Association Convention


Mary Mino
Penn State-DuBois

Tom Donlan
Montgomery County Community College

ECA USC Poster Guidelines - PowerPoint

 ECA USC Poster Guidelines Word Document

****Submission Deadline: December 10, 2016****
(Note: This deadline enables full semester preparation)
Submission email: USCECABoston@gmail.com

We are pleased to invite you to attend and present at the 7th annual James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference (USC) to be held concurrently with the Eastern Communication Association’s 108th annual convention in Boston, Massachusetts, March 29 - April 2, 2017. USCE sessions are typically scheduled from Thursday through Saturday. The USC will center on the ECA convention theme, Freedom To … Freedom From…, and should focus on the following questions: What does communication give us the freedom to do? What does it give us freedom from? What are the uses and abuses of free communication? When have others used their freedom to communicate to prevent violation of freedom from other forces? And, when have we used the freedom to communicate to gain freedom from these forces?

The USC conference will feature some of the best research from undergraduate communication students. All submissions will be blind and peer-reviewed. Student are limited to 2 different submissions.

Submission Options (students may have up to two submissions):

  • Competitive Paper Presentations-This is recommended for finished papers of no more than 20 pages. These submissions will be formal presentations where the authors explain their research in a 10 minute oral presentation. In this presentation format, 3 or 4 papers will be presented together containing a general theme that links the papers together. Furthermore, these presentations will be followed by a response from a top-scholar in the field of communication.
  • Panel Discussions-This is recommended for topics/issues that adopt a timely communication issue or convention theme where discussion is more appropriate by several authors (preferable from different institutions).
  • Poster Presentations-This is recommended for research in progress seeking input or for projects that would benefit from a visual display. Posters are required, but presentations can include digital displays on laptops or tablets as a supplement. The posters should be able to stand alone in case the digital display fails.

Faculty, please begin to think about your students’ work that may apply to the convention theme and could fit into one of the submission options so that you can submit this work on or before December 10th 2016. Students, think about the opportunity to interact with your peers and communication professionals at a regional communication conference.




****Submission Deadline: December 10, 2016 11:59 EST****

Call for Competitive Graduate Posters

The 108th Eastern Communication Association Convention

Freedom To…Freedom From…

Boston, MA

March 29th – April 2nd, 2017

Submission Deadline: December 16, 2016
(Note: This deadline enables full semester preparation)

Submission Email

Please identify your submission with the subject line: “ECA Graduate Poster Submission”

Submission Format: Please submit two WORD documents. The first document should include the title of the poster and the author’s institutional affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and email address. The second document should only have the title of the poster on the first page (a running head can also be included), an abstract and a brief description of the research to be presented. No author identifying information should be included on the second document.

The theme of the convention is Freedom To…Freedom From… Poster sessions allow for graduate students to have a full professional audience for their research ideas, which then can receive significant feedback for moving ahead with projects and ideas. If you have never presented at an academic conference, poster sessions are a comfortable foray into the academic community. Papers for the competitive graduate poster session will be accepted from every sub-discipline in the field of communication. 

Competitive poster presentations involve an author or authors standing next to a physical poster that visually explains the crux of the paper, research, or project. Convention participants, including judges, view the posters and talk to the authors about their studies. We strongly encourage all accepted presenters to provide a single or half sheet handout for audiences.

Submissions of Graduate Posters should the following components: 

Document 1:

  • A title page with the title of the poster and the author(s)’ affiliations, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses.
  • Mark "Debut" if the author has not presented previously at a regional or national convention.
  • Statement of professional responsibility:

 “In submitting the attached poster, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. I/We agree to present this poster 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.”

Document 2:

  • A title page with the title of the poster only.
  • An abstract on the second page.
  • 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.

Student Poster Session Guidelines

2015 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, 2017 (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 2017, 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, 2017 (early application is encouraged) to First VP, Benjamin Bates. 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
Benjamin Bates
Ohio University