111th Annual ECA Convention

Harboring Innovation

Baltimore, Maryland

Wednesday, April 1 – Sunday, April 5, 2020


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Student Participation

James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond
Undergraduate Scholars Conference

Submission Deadline Dates:  Tue, 1/1 2019 12:00 AM - Mon, 10/14 2019 11:59 PM EDT

ECA 2020 : Harboring Innovation
Baltimore, Maryland
Wednesday, April 1 –  Sunday, April 5, 2020

****Submission Deadline: December 13, 2019****

(Note: This deadline enables fall semester preparation)

With questions, email: eca.usc2020@gmail.com

Call for undergraduate submissions: We invite you to attend and present at the 10th annual James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference (USC), to be held concurrently with the ECA’s 111th annual convention. USC events are typically scheduled from Thursday through Saturday, and include paper, panel, and poster presentations as well as a dinner/awards ceremony. The USC will center on the convention theme, Harboring Innovation, which encourages us to consider how we, as Communication scholars, can use our resources in creative ways to help address and solve larger social issues. 

The USC will feature the best research from undergraduate Communication students, and is an excellent opportunity to showcase your work, get feedback, and learn more about opportunities within the field. All submissions will be blind-reviewed. Submissions must be free of identifying information, track changes, and track comments. Submission options are:

  • Competitive Paper Presentations - This option is recommended for finished papers. These submissions will require formal presentations - authors will explain their research in a 10–12 minute oral presentation. Several papers will be presented together around a common theme. These presentations will be followed by a response from a communication scholar. Due to logistical limitations, some papers may be accepted for presentation as a poster (see below). Please note that projectors will only be available if absolutely necessary (e.g., if there is an important audio/visual component of the presentation).
  • Panel Discussions - This option is recommended for topics/issues that address a timely communication issue or the convention theme where discussion is more appropriate than a single presentation. Panels incorporate several different individuals presenting papers, works in progress, or simply discussion. Panels consisting of people from different institutions is encouraged.
  • Poster Presentations - This option is recommended for research in progress where feedback could be helpful and for projects that would benefit from a visual display.

In conjunction with the National Communication Association, the USC will also recognize the Lambda Pi Eta Top Paper Award. Created in 2017, the Lambda Pi Eta Top Paper Award recognizes the outstanding research of undergraduates at the regional level. The award will be presented to the Lambda Pi Eta member with the highest ranked individually authored paper at the James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference. Although all students are invited to submit a paper to USC, only those who have been inducted as Lambda Pi Eta members prior to the submission deadline will be eligible for this award.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMITTING COMPETITIVE PAPERS

Each student can submit a maximum of two papers. Papers should be a maximum of 25 double-spaced pages, not including references and appendices, and typed in 12-point font with 1-inch margins. Times New Roman font is preferred. Papers should be written in accordance with the University of Chicago Manual of Style or APA 6th edition. The main document should NOT include any identifying author, school, faculty, or contact information. Importantly, be sure to inspect the document and remove personal information from the document properties.

ECA now uses Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. Go to https://ecacomm.org/aws/ECA/pt/sp/convention_attendee_interactive.   You will be prompted to create a new User ID and Password to submit your work if you do not already have an ECA Attendee Interactive account. The deadline for submissions remains the same, December 13, 2019 at 11:59 PM.

When submitting work, the following fields will be completed:

  • Title
  • 100-150 word description (i.e., abstract) including the Professional Responsibility Statement (see below)
  • Special requests, if applicable
  • Audio Visual form (please note that projectors are only available if absolutely necessary, e.g., if there is an important audio/visual component of the presentation)
  • Main document (The accepted file types are Word and PDF)
  • Supporting documents, if applicable

Professional Responsibility Statement: In submitting the attached paper or proposal, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. If this submission is accepted and programmed, I/We agree to register for the 2020 ECA Convention, pay fees, and present in Baltimore. I/We understand that presenters with last minute emergencies must make arrangements as possible for an alternate presenter as well as communicate their absences to both the USC Planners and ECA VP; no-shows will be removed from the official program. 

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMITTING PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Each student can submit a maximum of one discussion panel. Be sure to inspect the document and remove personal information from the document properties.

ECA now uses Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. Go to https://ecacomm.org/aws/ECA/pt/sp/convention_attendee_interactive.   You will be prompted to create a new User ID and Password to submit your work if you do not already have an ECA Attendee Interactive account. The deadline for submissions remains the same, December 13, 2019 at 11:59 PM.

When submitting work, the following fields will be completed:

  • A thematic title
  • Participants (names & affiliations- these should all be students)
  • Estimated attendance, if applicable
  • Special requests, if applicable
  • Audio Visual form (please note that projectors are only available if absolutely necessary, e.g., if there is an important audio/visual component of the presentation)
  • Rationale (no more than 2 pages, not including references)
  • Supporting documents that include titles and abstract for each paper or presentation, program copy (no more than a 75-word description of the panel) and the Professionalism Responsibility Statement (see below). (The accepted file types are Word and PDF)

Professional Responsibility Statement: In submitting the attached paper or proposal, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. If this submission is accepted and programmed, I/We agree to register for the 2020 ECA Convention, pay fees, and present in Baltimore. I/We understand that presenters with last minute emergencies must make arrangements as possible for an alternate presenter as well as communicate their absences to both the USC Planners and ECA VP; no-shows will be removed from the official program.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMITTING POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Each student can submit a maximum of one poster.

ECA now uses Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. Go to https://ecacomm.org/aws/ECA/pt/sp/convention_attendee_interactive.   You will be prompted to create a new User ID and Password to submit your work if you do not already have an ECA Attendee Interactive account. The deadline for submissions remains the same, December 13, 2019 at 11:59 PM..

Importantly, be sure to inspect the document and remove personal information from the document properties.

When submitting work, the following fields will be completed:

  • Poster title
  • A one-page description (i.e., abstract)
  • A detailed rationale for why this would make an excellent poster presentation (no more than 2 pages, excluding references). (The accepted file types are Word and PDF)
  • The Professionalism Responsibility Statement (see below).

Professional Responsibility Statement: In submitting the attached paper or proposal, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. If this submission is accepted and programmed, I/We agree to register for the 2020 ECA Convention, pay fees, and present in Baltimore. I/We understand that presenters with last minute emergencies must make arrangements as possible for an alternate presenter as well as communicate their absences to both the USC Planners and ECA VP; no-shows will be removed from the official program. 

Email questions to eca.usc2020@gmail.com 

Convention Acceptance Notifications: January, 2020


ECA USC Poster Guidelines - PowerPoint

 ECA USC Poster Guidelines Word Document


Call for Competitive Graduate Posters

The 111th Eastern Communication Association Convention
Baltimore, MD
April 1 - April 5, 2020

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: DECEMBER 17, 2019

Planner Email: 

2020 ECA Graduate Poster Session Planner: Dr. Zac D. Johnson, California State University, Fullerton

Submission Format: ECA will now be using Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. This is the same system used by the National Communication Association so you may be familiar with it. The deadline for submissions remains the same, December 17, 2019 at 11:59 PM. You will be prompted to create a new User ID and Password to submit your work. Soon, an email will be sent to the membership to announce when Attendee Interactive will be open for submission. Additional information, including a link to the submission page, will be sent to ECA members on the day the submission website opens.

Submission Guidelines for Completed Posters

  • A title page
  • Authors
  • Mark "Debut" if the author has not presented previously at a regional or national convention.
  • An abstract
  • A 1 – 2 page description of the research to be depicted, including ideas/questions that will be discussed during your poster session and recommendations for future research.

Include the following statement with submissions:

In submitting the attached paper/panel, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. I/We agree to present this paper/panel if it is accepted and programmed. I/We further recognize that all who attend and present at ECA’s annual meeting must register and pay required fees. 

Convention Acceptance Notifications: January 2020

Student Poster Session Guidelines

2018 Poster Example


Application for Student Ambassador Program

The ECA Student Ambassador Program is designed to provide Undergraduate students with the opportunity to, without paying registration fees, attend and participate in the ECA convention and experience an academic service opportunity. It is a wonderful chance to learn about academia while adding a service element to the Ambassador’s résumé or graduate school application.

This is a competitive selection process and a limited number of Ambassador slots are available to only the best applicants.

Applications due: March 1, 2020 (early application is encouraged)

The Student Ambassador Role and Benefits

Ambassadors will:

  • serve in an administrative or potentially a supervisory role during the convention
  • serve a minimum of 10 hours of time that will be contracted with the First VP or Executive Director
  • receive a special invitation to attend one Executive Council meeting (attendance is not mandatory to receive this scholarship)
  • work on tasks such as coordinating with fellow Ambassadors to work on special projects or convention planning, serve as a liaison between First VP and hotel staff, oversee student volunteers, interact with IG chairs to record panel attendance, assist with logistics, or other duties coordinated between the First VP and the individual Ambassador
  • be identified on Convention badges
  • have registration fees waived for ECA 2020, which should be listed on future résumés and applications as “Recipient of the ECA Student Ambassador Scholarship”
  • leave with official letter of recommendation related to their tasks from ECA president

Student Ambassador Requirements

  • Ambassadors must be currently registered at a collegiate institution and be in good standing with that institution
  • Ambassadors must be available to attend the Convention for at least 2 days (day and time availability will be considered in the application review)
  • Ambassadors may sit on no more than 2 regular session or USC panels total but will have time to attend numerous panels and events
  • Ambassadors must behave and dress professionally (in professional/office work attire) during both convention attendance as well as after hours events during the days of the convention and while completing Ambassador tasks

Application Process

Applications are due March 1, 2020 (early application is encouraged) to First VP, Jennifer Waldeck. The student should fill out the online application linked below and submit it. The next step will be to register for the convention when it opens in February - no application will be considered until the registration is complete. (if a student is selected as an ambassador, the convention registration fees will be waived and refunded) and then fill out the application.

Click Here to complete and submit your application.

For additional information, please contact:

First Vice President & Primary Convention Planner
Jennifer Waldeck
Chapman University
waldeck@chapman.edu