Types of Submissions

  • The submissions deadline is February 6th (11:59 pm EST). If you need to submit or edit your submission, please log in to the account you created and edit the information online. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact the RSS Business Office at rural_sociology@byu.edu.

    Paper Presentations

    Format: Abstract submissions are sought for individual research papers on topics related to the conference theme or other topical areas of interest. These traditional oral presentations will be for approximately 15 minutes, with an additional five minutes allotted for questions and discussion of the research. Sessions will be moderated to enforce time restrictions. Papers should present well-developed concepts, applications, and results.

    Organized Sessions

    Format: Proposals for Mini-Conferences will be considered for inclusion in the program.  A mini-conference is a series of linked paper sessions, panel sessions and/or workshops within the larger meeting.  Each mini-conference should be designed to address a key topical issue in rural sociology and community development, and will last approximately 2 ½ days.  Those running mini-conferences will be provided a stipend for expenses to bring non-members to the conference. Up to three mini-conferences will be accepted for the program.  The decision to accept a mini-conference will be made by the program committee. 

    Organized Paper Sessions
    Format: Proposals for organized paper sessions will be considered for inclusion in the program.  Proposals are encouraged that address current or emerging topical research, community development best practices, teaching, extension, or policy matters.
    Requirements: Organized paper sessions should be comprised of three papers and include geographically and intellectually diverse presenters.

    To submit a paper session proposal, click here.

    Panel Presentations
    Format: Panel Presentations will be 90 minutes in length involving three to five colleagues or peers in an open conversation or discussion on a topic, and will engage the audience in a question and answer/conversational session.

    Format: Workshops are innovative, interactive sessions in which participants learn about or use tools, techniques, and approaches that they can apply. Workshops must involve participants, using formats such as role playing, simulations, practice sessions, tool application, case studies, success/failure stories, or discussion. Workshops are typically 90 minutes in length. However, day-long skill-building workshops, offered as “pre-conference” options, will be considered.

    Project Presentations/Showcases of Promising Practices
    Format: Presentations highlight the design, development, and implementation of a community development project or program. Presentations use handouts and audiovisuals to supplement a verbal presentation of the concept, design, challenges, and outcomes of a project or best practice. Presentations are 20 minutes in length, followed by 20 minutes of developing posters by audience on what they have learned during presentation. Two or three related project presentations may be submitted as a panel. Individual proposals will be grouped with related papers by the Program Committee.  Two or three presentations may be grouped into a 60 or 90 minute session.

    Poster Sessions
    Format: A poster is used for the presenter to describe a project, research results, program summaries, or lessons learned as a visual display on poster board. The poster usually includes a brief narrative paper along with tables, graphs, pictures, and other presentation formats. The presenter may stand next to the poster during an assigned time (Learning Stations) so that conference participants can view the presentation and interact with the presenter.
    Requirements: Each poster must…

    • include the title of the presentation, the institution, agency or community where the work was completed, and author names in large letters at the top center of the poster;
    • must be easy to read at a distance of 4 feet (1.5 m). A point size of 16-18 (5-6 mm) or larger is recommended;
    • post an abstract;
    • include at least one of the authors at the assigned space during the designated time to discuss the work presented, and be ready to respond to questions concerning all aspects of the presentation;
    • include a photo of the presenter(s), so that conference participants can locate them during the conference to ask questions outside of formal in-person presentation period.
    • provide handouts;
    • must be constructed on either free-standing poster board or foam board/foam core that.  One easel will be provided for each poster.

    The Conference encourages interactive formats that engage participants in a variety of learning styles. Abstracts that propose a format other than one that is already listed above must describe the format and provide details on the learning styles employed.

    Under “Submit Papers and Sessions,” please create an account and log in to edit a paper or session abstract.

    Sharing Conference Materials

    The Conference intends to share the conference presentations through a variety of media. Presenters will be asked to provide electronic copies of their materials at the conference so that they can be further disseminated.

    Selection and Acceptance Process

    The Program Committee will review all proposals against the Criteria for Selection. Initial selection decisions will be made in TBA.  Selected presenters will have 30 days to accept.  The Program Committee has the authority and responsibility for placing sessions in the program at a day and time that best suits the overall program.

    Registration for Presenters:
    Those interested in presenting at the conference are required to be registered and paid by TBA.  Those not registered and paid will be dropped from the program.

    Inclusion into Conference Proceedings:
    Those interested in having their papers included in conference proceedings are required to submit their completed papers by TBA.

    Exhibitors are invited to set up a display for the duration of the conference, providing an opportunity for organizations, networks, projects, programs, government agencies, tribal units, and businesses to display their materials. Exhibitors will be asked to staff displays during breaks or specially designated exhibit viewing times.  A fee will be charged for both non-profit and commercial/government exhibits. For additional information, please view the Exhibitors page from the main menu.