Foothill College Research and Service Leadership Symposium

Ben Stefonik, Professor

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Foothill College is offering a new opportunity for Foothill students to present their work in a professional setting at the Foothill College Research and Service Leadership Symposium.  The goal of the symposium is to bring a professional conference experience to Foothill College.  This is a great opportunity for students to build their resume, gain a competitive advantage for transferring to a university, and get experience presenting work in a professional setting.  

The guiding value of this symposium is that meaningful change in the world can be accomplished through empirical research, community engagement, and social and environmental activism.


Applications are welcome from students who have completed any type of research that adds value to society, to a body of knowledge, or to a community of people.  Research projects from all disciplines are welcome.  

Applications are welcome from students who have completed a service leadership, community engagement, or social or environmental justice project. Service leadership projects are projects in which students engage with a community to solve a problem or help improve a community.

Faculty and staff are also welcome to present their research or service leadership projects at the symposium.


The deadline to apply is week 10 of winter quarter, March 16, 2018.  Students will submit an application online through the Research and Service Leadership Symposium website.  To apply, students must submit a 100-200 word description of their project.  


On the day of the symposium, students can present their work at either a poster session or as a 10 minute talk.  Poster sessions entail putting the content of a research or service leadership project on a large poster.  At a poster session there are many other people in a room presenting posters and it is the job of the presenter to engage in conversation with people who are interested in their work.  Presenting at a poster session is much more like having multiple conversations with individuals and much less like public speaking in front of an audience.  


The symposium will be held week 6 of spring quarter, May 17, 2018.  The symposium will be held on the Foothill campus.  Events will be scheduled throughout the day and people are welcome to attend any portion of the symposium.  


More information about the symposium can be found on the website  If you have any questions, you can contact the coordinator the symposium, Ben Stefonik at [email protected].


This is a great opportunity for students to build their resumes and gain new skills in presenting in a professional setting.  Consider applying to present your work and be a part of the symposium experience.