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Transformations: A Student Research and Creativity Conference

Friday, April 30, 2021, via Webex

The Transformations Committee invites proposals for presentations at Transformations: A Student Research and Creativity Conference. Transformations is intended to feature all aspects of student research and creative activity (broadly defined) under the direction of a faculty member.

This year, Transformations is going virtual! All talks and poster sessions will take place via Webex. Presentations will follow a similar format as usual, but posters will look slightly different. See below for details on the three ways to participate.

Propose a poster

Electronic versions of student posters will be displayed in the Digital Commons of the Library. Presenters will be asked to share their poster and give a brief explanation of their study (maximum 5 minutes) during one of the poster sessions during the day, either 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1:50 to 2:50 p.m., or 3 to 4 p.m.via Webex. Sessions will be split up to include 4-5 posters – if you want to include several posters within the same session, let us know.

Propose a talk

Single talks are 15 minutes in length and will be scheduled in one of three time slots: 10:20 a.m. to 11:20 PM, 12:40 to 1:40 p.m., and 3 to 4 p.m. Again, presentations will take place via Webex and students will be expected to share digital versions of their presentations.

Propose a session

Faculty are invited to organize sessions that include 3 or 4 related student presentations. Sessions may include presentations from different students in the same academic department. We are also interested in interdisciplinary sessions, with presentations that have a thematic link, but include several disciplinary perspectives. Impress us with your creativity!

All proposals must be submitted electronically. Paper forms will not be accepted.

Follow the proposal links above to access the electronic proposal forms for posters, single talks, and full sessions. Please be sure to press “Submit” when you complete the proposal form.

Proposals for all presentation types are due by Monday, March 15, 2021, at 4 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office at 607-753-4312 or email

About Transformations

In 2012, a new emphasis on student research lead to a name change to Transformations: A Student Research and Creativity Conference. It is through the process of research and creative activity that we make discoveries that produce new knowledge and understandings that transform our disciplines. The world around us can be transformed through meaningful applications of this new knowledge, and we can transform students’ lives by providing them with opportunities to participate in original research and creative projects.

A highlight of the academic year, this event focuses on student research, which is defined as an original investigation or creative activity through the primary efforts of a student or group of students. The work should show problem-solving skills and demonstrate new conceptual outcomes. We are encouraged and invigorated by the increasing level of student research that we are seeing and understand that it is only possible through the ongoing efforts of faculty who provide leadership and mentoring.

Generally, the event begins with a keynote address that is followed by presentations and poster sessions. In addition to attendance by members of the campus community, invitations are extended to area high schools, our elected representatives and to the Cortland community at large.

Support for Transformations has been provided by the President's Office and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Office. Special thanks to the Student Alumni Association for providing volunteers.

Transformations Committee

  • Martine Barnaby, Art and Art History
  • Kevin Dames, Kinesiology
  • Laura Eierman, Biological Sciences
  • Kaitlin Flannery, Psychology
  • Eunyoung Jung, Foundations and Social Advocacy
  • R. Bruce Mattingly, Arts and Sciences (Chair)
  • Erin Morris, Sport Management
  • Jill Murphy, Health
  • Kimberly Rombach, Childhood/Early Childhood Education
  • Meghan VanDeuson, Art and Sciences
  • Hilary Wong, Memorial Library

Contact Us

School of Arts and Sciences
Old Main, Room 124
Phone: 607-753-4312
Fax: 607-753-5979
Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
email the Dean
email the Associate Dean