Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register/submit for the conference?
Submissions for the 2018 PEAKS Conference can be emailed to: email@example.com. Please submit as a Microsoft Document (.doc or .docx) and include in the email subject line "2018 PEAKS Submission." Include your name and/or your panel's names and the appropriate details for your chosen submission piece (i.e. an abstract or a proposal). See "Call For Submissions" for more details.
What is the difference between a proposal and an abstract?
An abstract is a 250 word (max) document that describes the research conducted and the argument presented in an individual paper. A proposal is a 200 word (max) that describes the overall topic approached by the panelist, not including the 200 word (max) description of each presenter's paper.
Can I submit a proposal/an abstract that isn't related to the theme?
Of course! We encourage all participates to submit and share their work, regardless of the theme.
How long should a conference paper be?
Individual conference papers and research papers are usually 8-10 pages in length and are allotted 15-20 minutes to read with a Q&A at the end.
Besides an individual paper and a research paper, what can I submit?
You can submit a creative writing piece (Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry) and/or a proposal for a panel, which includes 3-4 presenters. NOTE : Presenters can read multiple writing pieces if their abstract is accepted. Creative Writing presentations are allotted 15-20 minutes with a Q&A at the end. Panels are allotted 60-90 minutes with a Q&A at the end.
What if my presentation includes artwork or images?
If your abstract/proposal includes or requires visual media, it is your responsibility to ensure all PowerPoint presentations, USB Drives, and/or external hard drives function correctly and are compatible with both a Dell computer and an Apple computer.
When will I know whether my abstract/proposal has been accepted or not?
You will receive notice about the status of you abstract/proposal by the end of January.
I'm not a graduate student. Can I still submit and attend the conference?
Of course! We encourage submissions from current graduate students and post-graduate students.
Where is the conference held?
PEAKS Conference is held at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona in Liberal Arts (#18).
Who can attend the conference?
Anyone! The conference is open to the public, who receive free admission. Note that conference presenters pay a registration fee upon arrival at the check-in.
What is the fee for registration?
The registration fee is $10 for NAU students and $23 for non-NAU students. This fee can be will be paid upon arrival at the check-in. Cash and cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover) are accepted. NOTE : A 50 cent surcharge applies for card use.
If I'm not a presenter, do I have to pay?
No, attendance is free to the public.
Besides the registration fee, what do I need to bring as a presenter?
Please have an ID available upon check-in. NAU students are required to have their student ID. If needed, please bring a printed copy of your paper to read and/or a USB drive for PowerPoint presentations.
What is included in the cost of registration? Any snacks provided?
The cost of registration covers the registration fee, attendance to other panels, snacks and coffee, and attendance to the keynote speaker's presentation.
What are the registration deadlines and cancellation policies?
The registration deadline is usually at the beginning of January. Check back for more details soon! Presenters who need to cancel or withdraw their abstracts/proposals must inform the PEAKS committee 10 days before the conference by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there a dress code at the conference?
While formal clothing is not required, we recommend comfortable, professional clothes, as presenters do interact with other students and professors.
What is the weather like in March?
Usually warm. We recommend bringing a light jacket, as Flagstaff weather can be tricky to navigate!
When will I receive a program?
Presenters will receive a program in their email a couple days before the conference. A printed program will also be available at check-in for the public, presenters, and panel moderators.