Undergraduate Writing Conference

In the fields Fresno State graduates will enter, they will need to communicate complex ideas to diverse audiences. The Undergraduate Writing Conference gives students an opportunity practice this important skill. Students are invited to prepare posters that feature course writing and research they have done in any discipline.

The Spring 2018 Undergraduate Writing Conference will take place on Thursday, May 3 on the 2nd floor of the Henry Madden Library (near Starbucks) from 4 to 5:30 PM.


Friday, March 23: Proposal Form due by 11:59 PM to tmcnamara@csufresno.edu - Proposal Rubric

Friday, April 6: Students will be notified if they have been selected to participate

Friday, April 27: Posters due by 11:59 PM to tmcnamara@csufresno.edu (Posters will be printed at no cost to students by the Fresno State Print Shop. Use this template to create your poster, or your poster may become distorted during printing)

Resources for Students

Sample trifold poster 

Sample research posters (from the University of Illinois)

Creating Effective Research Posters (from North Carolina State University)

Designing Conference Posters (from evolutionary biologist Colin Purrington)

Undergraduate Research Paper Prizes

We are pleased to announce the first Undergraduate Research and Writing Prizes generously supported by Credo Reference. The purpose of this award is to recognize exemplary Fresno State undergraduate researchers. Three $100 Best Paper Awards will be presented to undergraduate research papers. Two $100 Best Poster Awards will be presented to poster presentations at the May 3, 2018 Undergraduate Writing Conference.

Rules and Eligibility: Best Paper Awards

Rubric: Best Paper Awards

Rules and Eligibility: Best Poster Awards

About the Library's Digital Repository

All work submitted for the Undergraduate Research and Writing Prizes will be considered for publication in Fresno State's Digital Repository (FSDR).

The DR will host an online collection titled Undergraduate Research and Writing Prize Submissions, and submitted papers will be considered to be included in the repository accessible for all to view and read. 

For questions about the DR, please contact Tiewei Liu at tieweil@csufresno.edu.

Reviewers for Conference Proposals and Best Paper Awards

Jenny Banh, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Asian American Studies

Monique Bell, Assistant Professor of Marketing

Rhett Billen, Assistant Professor of Child, Family, and Consumer Sciences

Rubén Casas, Assistant Professor of English

Carolyn Cusick, Assistant Profesor of Philosophy

Kathleen Godfrey, Professor of English

Loretta Kennedy, Lecturer of English

Peter McDonald, Henry Madden Library Faculty

Tom McNamara, Assistant Professor of English

Ray Pun, Henry Madden Library Faculty

Samer Sarofim, Assistant Professor of Marketing

Dave Tyckoson, Henry Madden Library Faculty