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Call for Proposals

The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities is seeking proposals for paper presentations, roundtable presentations, and poster presentations that are informative and relevant, provoke discussion, and encourage opportunities for learner replication. Special emphasis should be placed on engaged scholarship, translational research and their impact on the community.

Presentation Tracks

  • Partnerships for Education - K-12 partnerships, mentoring, tutoring, summer youth programs, STEM initiatives, health care and wellness, colleges/universities partnerships with K-12 in variety of disciplines, college access/preparedness, achievement gap
  • Healthy Communities - wellness and public health projects and possibilities including working with the elderly, health care, training and development, public policy, health disparities, organizational and individual capacity building,
  • Economic Development and Revitalization - to include workforce development, entrepreneurship, minority business development, extending the university's reach through Economic Development, technology transfer and business start-ups, neighborhood revitalization
  • Environmental Initiatives - including green space and urban land use, community gardening, environmental education, green technology, brownfields remediation, sustainable community development

Proposal Formats

Proposals for the following types of presentations are invited:

  • Paper Presentations - A paper presentation is an original paper, research, or best practice presented to a group of conference attendees. Typically, paper presentations utilize technology (i.e. PowerPoint). Those submitting for a paper presentation can expect to be allocated 30 minutes to present in a room shared with an additional presenter(s). While multiple presenters may present a single paper they will still be allocated the 30 minutes in total to present their best practices, research, or project.
  • Roundtable Presentations - Roundtable sessions allow maximum interaction among presenters and attendees. Each presenter will deliver a brief talk about their project and will immediately field questions from attendees. Those submitting for roundtable discussions can expect to be allocated 45 minutes to present and discuss with attendees. Typically, roundtables have 8-10 seats and do not utilize technology; however, presenters may bring supporting materials to hand out.
  • Poster Presentations - A poster session is the presentation of research information illustrated using a 2 x 3 ft. poster board. Poster displays will be available for viewing during the entirety of the conference and specifically featured during a joint reception and poster session open to all attendees on the evening of Sunday, October 27, 2013. Poster sessions operate under a “free-flowing” format as attendees will typically come-and-go and presenters are not required to stand by their poster for the duration of the conference.

Submission Guidelines

The deadline for proposal submission was April 15, 2013.

Submissions must include the following information:

  • Title of proposal
  • Presentation type desired:
    • Individual paper (30 minutes)
    • Poster
    • Roundtable (two presenters per table, 45 minutes total)
  • 250-word abstract describing the presentation and topic
  • Name, affiliation, address, and e-mail contact information of lead presenter
  • Name(s) of additional presenter(s), affiliation, address and e-mail contact information
  • What track/category best identifies your presentation? Partnerships in Education, Healthy Communities, Economic Development and Revitalization, OR Environmental Initiatives

Questions regarding the proposal format and content can also be sent to Henry Cunningham.

Selection and Notification

The Conference Committee will evaluate proposals with regard to relevance to the conference theme and the significance of the topic to the mission of the Coalition. Notification letters will be sent electronically by May 30, 2013 to the lead presenter. All presenters must be registered for the conference and are expected to pay all related costs.

Presenters are invited to submit papers to the editor of the Metropolitan Universities journal for possible publication.


Presenters at the 2013 Conference are encouraged to submit papers to be considered for the annual Conference issue of Metropolitan Universities, the journal of CUMU. Author guidelines for formatting and citation style are available here.

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