109th Annual ECA Convention

Building Bridges

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

April 25-29, 2018

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Student Participation


Eighth Annual
James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond
Undergraduate Scholars Conference

In Conjunction with the
109th Eastern Communication Association Convention


Atsushi Tajima, SUNY Geneseo

Meredith Marko Harrigan, SUNY Geneseo

Theme for Eastern Communication Association 2018 Convention is: Building Bridges

Conference dates: Wednesday, April 25 - Sunday, April 29, 2018

Location: Omni Hotels, 530 WILLIAM PENN PLACE, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219 

****Submission Deadline: December 15, 2017****
(Note: This deadline enables full semester preparation)
Submission email: undergraduateconferenceECA18@gmail.com

Call for undergraduate submissions: We invite you to attend and present at the 8th annual James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference (USC) to be held concurrently with the ECA’s 109th annual. USC sessions are typically scheduled from Thursday through Saturday. The USC will center on the convention theme, Building Bridges and focus on the following questions: How can we build bridges within our discipline? How do we communicate and engage others when the bridges are broken? What are ways in which communication creates opportunities for new connections and for building new bridges? What can we gain by fostering communication among our many communities in order to promote further connection?                                                                                    

The USC conference will feature the best research from undergraduate communication students. All submissions will be blind-reviewed. Submissions must be free of track changes and track comments. Student are limited to two different submissions:

  • Competitive Paper Presentations-This is recommended for finished papers (20 pages max.). These submissions will be formal presentations - authors explain research in a 10-minute oral presentation. Several papers will be presented together around a common theme. These presentations will be followed by a response from a communication scholar. Due to logistical limitations, some papers may be accepted for presentation as a poster (see below).
  • 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 (preferably 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 as 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. Students, think about the opportunity to interact with your peers and communication professionals at a conference.

Please, visit http://www.ecasite.org/aws/ECA/pt/sp/convention_students for further submission guidelines. Email questions or submissions to undergraduateconferenceECA18@gmail.com




****Submission Deadline: December 15, 2017 11:59 EST****

ECA USC Poster Guidelines - PowerPoint

 ECA USC Poster Guidelines Word Document

Call for Competitive Graduate Posters

The 109th Eastern Communication Association Convention

Building Bridges

Pittsburgh, PA

April 25 - April 29, 2018


Submission Email: ecagradpost2018@gmail.com

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

Submission Format: Please submit two WORD documents. The first document should include your title page. Specifically, this 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 be the same as the first in all ways except that it should contain no author identifying information. This second document should also contain an abstract.

Pittsburgh, also known as the city of bridges, will be home to the 2018 Eastern Communication Association Convention. Pittsburgh has a unique topography, being situated at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela, which forms the Ohio River. When a city is located on water, bridges span the horizon. The bridges of Pittsburgh play an important role in the city's infrastructure. Without the 446 bridges interlacing the city, Pittsburgh would be a region of isolated communities. Just as the bridges in the city connect communities, communication has the opportunity to build bridges within and outside of our discipline, creating countless opportunities for research, teaching, and service.

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 include several components: 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Please include the Statement of Professional Responsibility on all submissions:

In submitting the attached paper or proposal, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. If this submission is accepted and programmed, I/We agree to register for the 2018 ECA Convention, pay fees, and present in Pittsburgh. I/We understand that presenters with last minute emergencies must make arrangements as possible for an alternate presenter as well as communicate their absences to both the Interest Group Planner and ECA VP; no shows will be removed from the official program.

NOTE: A single paper or panel should only be submitted to a single interest group or affiliate organization for consideration.

Convention Acceptance Notifications: Friday, January 15, 2018

Student Poster Session Guidelines

2018 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, 2018 (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 2018, 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, 2018 (early application is encouraged) to First VP, Leeanne Bell McManus. 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
Leeanne Bell McManus
Stevenson University