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An individual presentation of projects, capstone experiences, research elements, and/or theory development/conceptual analyses. A podium presentation may include PowerPoint, video, CD or DVD material.

Podium presentations will be scheduled on Wednesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 16 between 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM. Each presenter will be allowed 20 minutes for questions and 5 minutes for questions unless otherwise requested.

Students must include a faculty contact.

Apply for a podium presentation by completing the following, easy steps:

  1. Go to the SOAR 2014 application site
  2. Select ‘Student’ or ‘Faculty’.
  3. Enter name of student or faculty.
  4. If more than one will participate, use ‘Add Another Person’ button.
  5. Enter title of presentation.
  6. Enter abstract text.

Sample Podium Presentation Abstract

Title: Talking Trash about the Homeless: Critical Discourse Analysis of Homelessness in Ashland

Abstract: This research explores how homelessness is constructed in local media texts and as it is experienced and articulated by members of the local community who identify as "homeless" or are otherwise marginalized due to socio-economic or other cultural and material conditions. The project involves, first, analyzing news articles and editorials published in the Ashland Daily Tidings from 2004-2008, as well as the online forums in which local community members respond to and articulate their interpretations of local events and issues. Utilizing Critical Discourse Analysis, I demonstrate that media construction of homelessness can exacerbate social exclusion and an individual-blame framework for understanding poverty and other social concerns. This project also includes focus group interviews with members of the local community who identify as homeless. Preliminary results from these focus groups will be presented to examine whether media frames and community discourse are consistent or inconsistent with their experiences and views.