Research & Service Leadership Symposium
2021 RSL Symposium
Thursday, May 20
Virtual Day & Evening Event
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.
What Types of Projects Qualify?
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.
Projects in the Arts — New for 2021
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.
- Attend the Winter Symposium 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!
Apply to Join the Symposium in 2022
All Foothill students and Foothill Faculty and Staff are welcome to apply. You can apply individually or as a group.
Applications are closed for 2021. Please attend our symposium this year to get inspired for your own projects in 2022!
RSLS Meets Zoom!
This year the Symposium will be virtual, held on a Foothill Zoom platform.
Projects and presentations will be submitted electronically. This should not limit the creativity of the projects. Use your imagination!
- Physical work can be photographed and talks and performances recorded.
- Presenters can share their work as “live” Zoom talks, as e-posters or slides with voiceover, or as 10-minute recorded presentations.
- Formats for arts can be image collections, videos and recordings.
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.
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 2020-2021 Strategic Objectives ( E²SG) — Enrollment and Equity, Service Leadership, and Governance.
Videographer credits: Jane Kong, Dora Lohas, Jason Allen