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Proceedings of the CCC Student Symposium at HWC: Home

Publication representing student presentations of the CCC Symposium Series.

City Colleges of Chicago Student Symposium at Harold Washington College

The City Colleges of Chicago Student Symposium at Harold Washington College is a gathering where students present research and work, interacting and discussing their ideas in an academic venue, helping them build and practice academic and professional skills. Learn more here.

Student FAQs

Student FAQs (For Faculty FAQs click here)

Who can attend the symposium? CCC students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend the symposium. Because the symposium will be held virtually this semester, anyone may attend.

What is the symposium all about? The symposium is "a gathering where students present research and work to their peers, faculty, and staff. It allows students to interact and discuss their ideas in an academic venue meant to help them build and practice academic and professional skills."

Who can present at the symposium? CCC students who are engaged in research and academic activities, which they would like to share with their peers and others in the CCC community. 

Why should I present my work at the symposium? 

  • to build your presentation skills and to gain presentation experience
  • to share your accomplishments with your peers and the rest of the City Colleges community

Can I just come to watch the presentations and support the presenters? Yes! Please RSVP here to give us an idea of how many people to expect. 

Can I invite friends or family who do not attend City Colleges? Yes! Yes, but you will need to let us know, so that security will be able to allow them access for the event. Let us know by contacting us through one of the links/information in the box at the right. 

What do I need to turn in, to present at the symposium? You will need to complete this form to submit your abstract for the symposium. 

When is the deadline for submitting my abstract? May 1, 2020, 11:59 p.m.

What is an abstract? An abstract is a concise but thorough description of a work such as an article, paper, or presentation. It is a narrative (usually a paragraph long) that includes the main points and conclusions of the work; it is not a list, review, or assessment of the work, but is meant to give the reader information on exactly what the larger work contains. Get more information HERE.

How do I write an abstract? Your abstract should present "the most complete and compelling information possible." It should describe the:

  • topic or basic problem that the work addresses
  • purpose or objective of the work, and sometimes the scope of the work
  • methods used to reach the conclusions that are presented in the work
  • results and conclusions of the research, and sometimes recommendations 

Can I get help writing my abstract? Visit your campus Writing Lab virtually.  You may work with the Writing Lab in 407A. Their hours are Monday-Friday from 9-5.

What can I present on? You may present on any research or academic activity you have done or are participating in at City Colleges.

When is the symposium this semester? The Spring 2020 CCC Symposium at HWC will be held on May 8, 2020 beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Where will the symposium be held this semester? The Spring 2020 CCC Symposium at HWC will be held virtually this semester.  in Room (TBA) at Harold Washington College, 30 E. Lake St. in Chicago.

Can I put this presentation on my resume or college applications? Yes! This is great evidence of your research or academic involvement and presentation experience. 


Spring 2020 Flyer




Symposium News

  • 7.May.20 - Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we did not reach our threshold for the minimum number of presenters, so the symposium has been canceled this semester. 
  • 23.April.20 - The symposium will still be taking place! Join us virtually, on May 8, 2020 beginning at 9:30 am! Submit an abstract to present a pre-recorded Powerpoint slideshow. Get more info HERE on attending.
  • 26.February.20 -  Submit your abstract to present at the symposium (Deadline is April 10). RSVP to attend (FREE and open to the City Colleges community).
  • 21.January.20 -  Stay tuned for info on the Spring 2020 CCC Student Symposium @ HWC!

Contact Us

Students: Do you have a paper or project you'd like to present? (It's a great resume builder!) Submit your abstract HERE

Faculty: Request a brief info session with a committee member for your classes HERE 

Want more information? Have other questions, suggestions, or comments?