2016 Student Conference

Spread the WoRD

What is Spread the WoRD?

MA student Maggie Collins shares her research at last year's Spread the WoRD Conference.

MA student Maggie Collins shares her research at last year’s Spread the WoRD Conference.

Hosted by the Department of WRD and WRD’s MA programs in New Media Studies and Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse, Spread the WoRD is a one-day student conference, which brings together students and faculty to share and discuss student work.

The conference features three-student panels, in which each panel member is allotted fifteen minutes to present work and take audience questions on an NMS or WRD course project they have completed between Spring Quarter 2015 and Winter Quarter 2016. Students can apply by submitting as a themed three-person panel or as an individual presenter (individual presenters may be placed on a panel by the conference organizers).

By presenting your own original research and engaging with peers as they present work, you’ll explore new questions and possibilities in your field, all while gaining valuable experience participating in an academic conference.

When is Spread the WoRD?  

This year’s conference is on Saturday, May 14, on DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus. The conference typically begins mid-morning and runs until mid-afternoon.

Why Should I Attend?   

Spread the WoRD is a great opportunity to learn more about the research done within WRD and NMS, to add “Conference Presenter” to your resume, and to meet and network with faculty, alumni, and fellow students in a relaxed environment. Students are welcome to bring friends and family along for all or part of the day. Many students use the conference to refine papers and projects that they wish to submit to the annual WRD and NMS Awards or to national conferences.

What Would I Present?

Presentation topics can vary as widely as the course material in WRD and NMS. Choose something that you’re proud of, that you’d like to share with others, and that you think may stimulate an interesting Q&A. Be sure the subject matter can be adequately presented in 10-12 minutes. We encourage you to present in a professional, yet casual way: students who are presenting on seminar papers often organize their talk around a slideshow that excerpts key points; students presenting new media projects often walk the audience through the final project, describing how and why they made particular design and content choices.

If you’re looking for a little more inspiration, check out the presentation titles from Spread the WoRD 2015.

How Do I Propose a Panel or Presentation?  

Presenters must complete a short proposal form at any point in the year until the deadline of March 20. We hope to accommodate all students who wish to present.

Do Presenters Have any Other Obligations?    

You must attend one of the two practice sessions that will be offered approximately two weeks before the conference. Additionally, while we understand that not everyone can stay for the entire conference, we do hope that all presenters will attend several other student sessions during the day.

Still Have Questions?

Don’t hesitate to contact WRD Graduate Assistants Meaghan Young-Stephens and Allison Pelletier at spreadthewrd2016@gmail.com with any questions you may have!

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