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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cost associated with attending the conference?

No! The Annual Student Conference on Global Challenges is free -- and breakfast and lunch are included -- for Drexel students, faculty, staff, community members, and families. Please register online to let us know that you're coming so that we can be sure to have plenty of copies of conference materials and food.

What if I can't attend the entire conference but would like to attend part of it?

We understand that, since the conference is during the week, students have classes and co-ops. You are more than welcome to come and go as your schedule permits. We can also speak directly to your professors or co-op supervisors if you're interested in attending the conference but need proof to excuse you from class/co-op. Please email Sandra Petri, Program Coordinator, if needed.

Can I bring my friend/classmate/parents/etc.?

The Student Conference on Global Challenges is open to the public -- anyone, affiliated with Drexel University or not, is welcome to attend.

Who can apply to be a panelist?

All undergraduate and graduate students (Drexel students or students at other institutions) who are interested in presenting their original research or class projects that relate to the theme Climate & the Environment are welcome to apply.

What kind of research is typically presented?

Undergraduate and graduate students can apply to either present their own, original research, or to present an extensive research project that they've completed for a class. There are six different student panels, so as long as the work relates to Climate & the Environment and has a clear global element, you're invited to apply.

When is the deadline for panelists to apply?

The deadline for applications for student panelists is January 31 at 5 p.m. We will notify all applicants on or before February 8 about final selections.

What is the format of the panel presentations?

Panels will consist of 4-5 students who will each have 5-7 minutes to present their work. A faculty moderator will then help the panel accept questions from the audience and facilitate discussion among the panelists. Each panel will run for an hour and a half.

What’s expected of me as a panelist?

You should be prepared to speak about your work for 5-7 minutes with a visual aid (PowerPoint, Prezi, infographic, etc.). You should listen attentively to the other presenters on your panel. Be prepared to answer audience questions about your own presentation, and be prepared to engage with the other panelists, comparing and contrasting, etc.

How do I apply to present?

Fill out an online application by the priority deadline, January 31 at 5 p.m. The application will ask you to choose which panels you think fit your project best, as well as submit an abstract summarizing your work. Our Conference Committee will review the applications and notify those who applied of final decisions by February 8.