Guidelines for abstract submission

Abstracts submitted for consideration must adhere to the following guidelines:

The abstract should be a maximum of 250 words in length (not including references). Abstracts should adhere to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) for proper formatting and referencing. Files should use Microsoft Word format to ensure compatibility. 

Additionally, the abstracts should be:

  • single spaced
  • 12 point font
  • margins of at least 1” on all sides

Authors need only send one copy of the abstract via email to the address listed below. The abstract should include a cover page (which will be removed before the abstract goes out for double-blind review) that contains the following information:

  • poster only
  • prefer poster but would do formal oral presentation
  • prefer formal oral presentation but would do poster
  • formal oral presentation only
    • (please indicate if alternative presentation format is required)

Additional information

Faculty members can be co-authors; however, the main contributing author must be a graduate student. At least one student co-author must attend and present the accepted paper at the Symposium.

Notification of acceptance will be provided to authors by Friday, April 8, 2016. 

Those abstracts accepted will be reproduced in the Symposium Proceedings, so authors will be expected to modify their abstracts, where needed, based on the reviewers’ comments, and to resubmit them electronically by Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Failure to meet this deadline may mean the abstract will not appear in the Proceedings.

Submit by Wednesday, March 16, 2015 to: garls.symposium@uwaterloo.ca (as an attachment)

Luc Cousineau and Jessica Brake, Co-Chairs
Twenty-Fourth Annual Graduate Student Leisure Research Symposium Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies University of Waterloo

Guidelines for oral presentations

  • Each oral presentation will be limited to fifteen (15) minutes for the presentation and 5-10 minutes for discussion, unless other arrangements are approved in advance. The session chair will strictly enforce the time limits to afford everyone the opportunity to share his or her research
  • Please pay particular attention to your visuals. They should add to rather than detract from your presentation. A slide projector, overhead projector, and data projector are available in the conference room. Please let the conference organizers know what your needs are when you submit your revised abstract for the Symposium proceedings package. Other equipment may be available upon request.
  • The oral presentation for empirical studies should be a concise review of objectives, purpose, methods, analyses, and findings. For works in progress the oral presentation should be a concise review of objectives, purpose, proposed methodology and potential findings. Conceptual paper presentations should be an overview of the major ideas and concepts.
  • You will be required to submit your presentation by Friday April 22nd, 2016 in order to ensure compatibility. We would request that you also bring the presentation on a memory stick.

Guidelines for poster presentations

The purpose of a poster session is to exhibit the highlights of your research and to encourage face-to-face communication between the researcher and the Symposium attendees. Poster presentations generally integrate graphic and/or textual presentations and use displays to bring the specific features of the topic to life for the viewer. Even though a poster presentation facilitates the communication of the researcher’s ideas to other individuals and encourages the exchange of ideas in an informal setting, an individual should be able to examine the poster and understand its message without the researcher being present.

A wall area of approximately 6’ by 4’ will be available for each researcher to present his or her research. Your poster presentation should be more than just a presentation of data on poster board. It should be well conceived and designed, and be regarded as an effective teaching tool.

Your poster design will bring Symposium attendees to your poster, but the information you convey will be what they remember.

The Symposium will provide clips and stick pins for securing posters to the wall area.