Centennial Honors College

Thomas E. Helm Undergraduate Research Day
Abstract Submission Instructions

We hope that you will participate in the Thomas E. Helm Undergraduate Research Day to be held Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in the University Union.

In order to make a Poster, Podium, or Performance presentation, complete and e-mail a project abstract and Presentation Submission Form to honors@wiu.edu between March 1 and April 5. (All abstracts will be posted on the Honors College website after the latter date.) Using the model abstract below, (1) state the type of presentation on the first line and (2) on the 2nd line add the title of your presentation followed by (3) your name and then (4) your faculty mentor's name with (5) the academic department. The abstract (200-250 words maximum) should contain the following elements: the purpose and significance of the research, scholarship, or creative activity; the steps taken to complete the project or activity; and the major findings and conclusions. Although discipline-specific terminology is invited, the abstract should be written to be understood by members from a wide range of fields. (Note: Only abstracts that meet these criteria will be accepted.)

By submitting abstracts, all presenters acknowledge that they have read and accepted the Guidelines for Participation and that research meets protocols for human, animal, and radiological research. All presenters also permit the release of photographs taken of them and their work on the day of presentation. During your research please take and submit a digital photo of yourself at work (in the lab, library, field site, etc. including your faculty mentor, if available) for the Undergraduate Research Day slide show, please e-mail it to the Honors College at honors@wiu.edu.

If you have questions, please contact Rick Hardy, Director, Centennial Honors College, at RJ-Hardy@wiu.edu.


Application Submission Form

Submit the application

Using the abstract model below; please complete all information in order to register for Undergraduate Research Day. Send the completed submission form AND abstract to honors@wiu.edu between March 1 and April 5.

• Title of Project:
• Type of Presentation (Poster, Podium, or Podium with Performance):
• Name of Principal Presenter and E-Mail:
• (If applicable) Names of other Presenters and E-Mails:
• Major:
• Name of Faculty Mentor and E-Mail:
• Project Abstract (200-250 words):

Please send if available:

Research Photos for the Undergraduate Research Day Continuous Slide Show
Send via e-mail to the Honors College at honors@wiu.edu
[Note: Please identify those pictured. Thank you!]


 Click here to view additional sample abstracts


Poster Presentation
Determining the Optimum Site for a 500KW Wind Generator on a 400-acre Farm in West Central Illinois
Wendy Ere
Faculty Mentor: Lang Pfanblad
Interdisciplinary Studies Program—Renewable Energy and Wind Technology

Although moderate to strong winds cross the entire farm owned by the family of the principal investigator, the permanent installation of a wind generator demands optimum location for low cost installation and highest long-term efficiency. Not only yearly wind speed and duration, but also proximity to the utility building, safety, and landscape aesthetics were considered. A recent photo map of the farm was obtained and wind speed, direction, and duration were determined at twelve (12) selected locations over a calendar year using instruments mounted at the top of a portable 15-meter tower. A transmitter sent speed and time readings to a laptop computer programmed to record data by date and location for analysis. The best wind site (average 25 km/h from the west) on a low rise 125 meters from the utility building (which would be used for the power distribution panel) was also found to cause the least disruption of farm activity. Should a blade separate during operation, it would fly at a 90-degree angle from the farm house, barn, silo, and utility building. Furthermore, the site interfered least with the more attractive views of the farm. The data collected indicated that not only optimum wind speed, but that the site of the proposed wind tower is practical, safe, and aesthetic. (212 words)