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High Impact Practices (HIPs)

Science Colloquium

The Science Colloquium invites students to report out their research findings in a supportive, academic environment.

When and Where? The next Science Colloquium is TBD

 Fall 2022: Online asynchronously at The Expo


Why? Students find a passion for learning when they find relevance and agency in that journey. By sharing their ideas with peers and professors, they see themselves as an academic person, they experience that they can contribute to these scientific conversations, and they feel the support of their faculty member.


  • Create a Common Intellectual Experience
  • Gain diverse intellectual perspectives
  • Conduct research
  • Collaborate with peers
  • Public sharing
  • Build connection with other parts of the college
  • Maturity and confidence building


  • First:  Instructor promotes the event and gives students the opportunity to publish, present, or attend.
  • Second:  Students choose teams, topics, and begin to create their abstract.  Instructor mentors and guides students along the process.
  • Third:  Student submit abstract to and begin to work on presentation.
  • Four:  Students present at event.
  • Fifth:  Reflections are due to instructor.


How to Participate:

  1. Instructor
  • Informally:  post a D2L announcement and promote it as an opportunity to gain experience with academic extracurricular activities, as well as something they can use on their college and scholarship applications to show achievement above and beyond what other students may have.
  • Develop or modify an assignment to encourage students to participate.  Assign as extra credit or for credit. They can present on something that they are researching in YOUR class. (This does not have to be a separate project or assignment.)
  • Develop or modify an assignment to encourage students to attend a colloquium (Math, Science, Humanities).  Give students a reflection assignment.
  1. Student
  • Students submit an abstract to by November 22nd
    • You can present on something that you are researching in YOUR class. (This does not have to be a separate project or assignment.)
    • There will be a practice session the week of the Science Colloquium for students.
  • Gives a 10 - 15 minute presentation
  • Or attend the Science Colloquium and reflect on one or more presentations.




On Abstracts: The Writing Center | Writing an Abstract | Writing In Different Genres (

Sample Abstracts from the Colorado Springs Undergraduate Research Forum: CSURF 2022 Book of Abstracts_0.pdf (

For Students: the Student Research Process with resources: The Undergraduate Research Process (

If you want an outside research project, check out Zooniverse.

Recordings of previous Science Colloquia:

Fall 2022

The Paper

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