Frequently Asked Questions about the Shared Knowledge Conference
Q: How is the Graduate Studies-sponsored Shared Knowledge Conference different than the one offered by the Graduate Resource Center in previous years? Weren't undergraduate students able to present at the previous Shared Knowledge Conferences?
A: From 2012-2016, the Shared Knowledge Conference (SKC) was run by the Graduate Resource Center (GRC) as a week-long conference open to all students at UNM (both graduate and undergraduate). In 2017, the GRC decided to discontinue offering the conference due to budget cuts, at which point Graduate Studies optioned to continue offering a simplified, more compact version of the conference. The Honors College also chose to offer its own undergraduate conference, the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Conference (UROC) with a similar format to the new Graduate Studies version of SKC.
Q: Why do students need to be nominated by faculty to present a poster, but not a LoboBITE?
A: We've asked academic programs to nominate their students to present posters in an effort to ensure that as many disciplines as possible are represented at the conference. However, because we want to give all graduate students at UNM the opportunity to participate, we've opened the LoboBITES competition to any enrolled UNM graduate student.
Q: Can I invite friends, family, and colleagues to see my work at the conference?
A: Of course, and we hope you will! The goal of the conference is to bring academic and non-academic communities together and spark conversation and lasting partnerships. The conference is also free to attend, so invite as many people as you'd like!
Q: Does it cost money to attend or present at the conference?
A: Nope! Because we want to encourage attendance, participation, and connection as much as possible, the conference is completely free to participate in and attend.
Q: What benefit will students gain from participating in the conference?
A: Students can expect to benefit in a number of ways, including:
- Greater exposure for their research
- Feedback from academic and community professionals
- A line on their CV
- Experience presenting at an academic conference
- The opportunity to win scholarships in the LoboBites competition
- Networking opportunities with fellow scholars and researchers, UNM officials, and professionals from Albuquerque and beyond
Q: Why should humanities students participate in the poster showcase? Aren't poster sessions usually a venue for STEM and social science posters?
A: Even though poster sessions at academic conferences have traditionally featured projects from STEM and the social sciences, humanities poster sessions are on the rise. UNM’s Shared Knowledge Conference is part of this trend.
One of the unique features of the Shared Knowledge Conference is the juxtaposition of disciplines. Too-often, the humanities are pushed to the margins in favor of STEM and social science fields, but at the Shared Knowledge Conference, we want to showcase all academic disciplines on campus. Projects from STEM, the humanities, and the social sciences are displayed side by side. The Shared Knowledge Conference presents an opportunity for the humanities to step out from the shadows and highlight the rich, vital bodies of research currently being produced.
Even though some students may experience trepidation about research poster design, don’t worry. In the "Poster Design Aids" section below, we offer an array of design aids to assist students in the construction of their posters, including resources targeted specifically to the humanities. Additionally, the Graduate Resource Center will offer a poster design workshop in mid-October. Just remember, humanities posters do not have to follow the design rules that govern STEM posters.
To summarize, here’s why should humanities students should participate in the poster session. By participating, students can:
- Gain new skills in design and digital humanities
- Make the case for why humanities research matters to a broad audience, including academic and non-academic circles
- Enjoy the rich intellectual energy of interdisciplinary engagement
- Learn how to translate complicated humanities work into a succinct, cogent display of knowledge
Q: Can students participate in both showcases?
A: Absolutely, but students must be nominated by their academic program if they wish to participate in the poster showcase.
Q: I've never presented a poster at a conference before. Does the Shared Knowledge Conference offer any help for first-time presenters?
A: We do! For help on putting together your poster, check out the poster design workshop being offered by the Graduate Resource Center and Graduate Studies. We also have a collection of online resources available in the "Poster Design Aids" section of the Research Poster Information & Requirements page.
Q: Will free parking be provided?
A: Unfortunately, our conference budget won't permit us to provide free parking. Some free street-side parking exists off-campus, and paid parking is also available in the Cornell and Yale garages, as well as nearby off-campus parking meters and lots.