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Research & Service Leadership Symposium

2023 RSL Symposium
Thursday, May 18
Virtual and On-Campus


About the Symposium

Plan to participate in this campus and community-wide event!

The Research and Service Leadership Symposium provides students an opportunity to expand their learning beyond the walls of the classroom (or the confines of the screen); to investigate their world through in-depth research projects; to create and participate in worthwhile service learning activities, including original creative arts projects, and to present their newfound knowledge, insights and experiences to the campus community.

Students will gain experience presenting in a professional conference setting on the virtual campus through presentations, performance, displays and discussion.

The Symposium itself is the culminating event of these student projects. The event includes

  • A full day and evening of presentations, peer discussion forums, art galleries, and creative performances.
  • Awards ceremony, keynote speaker and closing celebration.

Apply to Join the 2023 Symposium

All Foothill students and Foothill Faculty and Staff are welcome to apply.  You can apply individually or as a group.

Applications open: Nov. 22, 2022.

Deadline to apply: March 17, 2023




Mark Your Calendar for Winter RSLS Workshops

Visit the Winter Workshop page to register!

Discovery Workhop

  • Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, 11 a.m.–noon, Join by Zoom
  • Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, 1-2 p.m., On Campus WLC (3600)

Mentor-Mentee Mixer

  • Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023, 1–2 p.m. On Campus, WLC (3600)
  • Friday, Feb. 10, 2023, Noon-1 p.m., Join by Zoom

Create and Connect Workshop

  • Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023, 1-2 p.m., On Campus, WLC (3600)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023, Noon-1 p.m. Join by Zoom


See workshop details

Projects and Presentations

What Types of Projects Qualify?

Research Projects

Any type of research project from any discipline is welcome.  For example, research that you’ve conducted for a research paper in any of your classes (from History to English, etc.) would qualify, as would any project in which you’ve collected original data (from Sociology to Geology to Physics to Art History, etc.).

Service Leadership Projects

We welcome any type of community service, political activism, or environmental justice project in which you are engaged with a community to solve a problem or to provide community enrichment.  The goal of service leadership projects is to become a leader or an engaged member of a community.

Creative Arts Projects

Art in all forms is a vital service for a thriving community. And original, creative work in the arts (from ceramics, to painting, to photography, to poetry, to music, to theater, etc.) are all welcome. These works will be featured in an Arts Gallery, or as performances, with Q&A sessions with the artists!Foothill students and Foothill Faculty and Staff are welcome to apply.  You can apply individually or as a group.

Create (or Develop) a Project

Interested in developing a research, service leadership, or creative art project, but still need to know more? 

Here are some ways to get inspired:

  • Start with a class project or a course topic that you want to explore further.
  • Connect with other classmates on a shared topic.
  • Attend Foothill’s Club Day and join clubs who are engaged in service activities.
  • Look for problems in your community that need to be solved.
  • Join the Winter Workshops to hear ideas, meet others and collaborate.
  • Find your voice in art! Use your own creativity to express your views on current social issues.
  • Peruse topics and projects from prior symposiums for ideas!

Presentation Formats

RSLS on Campus and in Zoom!This year the Symposium will be a hybrid event, held on the Foothill  campus and in Zoom.

We will be holding the Symposium on the Foothill main campus this year, with additional Zoom presentations. 

Types of Presentations

On-Campus Presentations:

    • 10-min presentations, demonstrations, or talks.
    • 10-min creative performances

On-Campus Poster & Gallery sessions:

  • 1-hour sessions to share informational posters, infographics, or creative artwork and photography with gallery attendees.

Zoom Presentations:

  • 10-min "live" Zoom presentations, demonstrations, and performances
  • 10-min recorded Zoom presentations

More about presentation formats


Judges' Award

Cash prizes of $100 will be awarded to each contributing member of the 5 highest quality/most impactful projects.  Winners will be selected by a committe of faculty, staff and students, based on the submitted application materials and presentation.

Viewers' Choice Award

5 of the most effective presentations/projects will be recognized by the end of the event. Winners will be selected by audience members and participants through a live poll during the Symposium.


Please contact RSLS coordinators Allison Herman (she/her) and Ryker (they/them) at

RSL Symposium Mission Statement: The mission of this symposium is to catalyze student efforts to engage in scholarly research, service leadership, and the arts. The guiding value of this symposium is that meaningful change in the world can be accomplished through empirical investigation, community engagement, and social, political and environmental activism.

This event is sponsored by the ASFC and the President's Office as part of Foothill's Strategic Objectives ( E²SG) — Enrollment and Equity, Service Leadership, and Governance.


Videographer credits: Amy Harrison Shidler, Faculty Media Studies, Foothill College


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Research and Service Leadership Symposium 2023

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Allison Herman & Ryker, RSL Symposium Coordinators

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