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Symposium Proposal Writer's FAQs

How can I improve my chances of acceptance?

First, make sure you have an idea of relevance to contemporary social work. Second, follow the Call for Proposals outline. The outline is intended to provide step-by-step guidance in preparing your materials. Third, quality and clarity of writing counts... edit, edit, edit. Last, ...be sure you have completed all the steps. Please stick to the word-length limits!

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Should I use a catchy title?

Yes! Use a catchy title that provides a clear description, conveys what you will cover, and sparks interest in your topic. Do not use jargon; not everyone will understand the jargon of a specialized field. Length of title should not exceed 8 words.

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Are submissions rated anonymously?

Yes. It is important that the material providing names and contact information for presenters be separate from the proposal itself. The best way to do this is to follow the instructions precisely; it is clearly indicated which pages of the proposal require names and which don’t. Contact information is only used after an anonymous review.

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How does NASW ensure anonymity?

Massachusetts NASW staff assigns a code number to each proposal. Reviewers receive proposals identified only by code numbers. Reviews of each proposal are returned using only the code number.

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What are the evaluation criteria?

The evaluation criteria used by the reviewers are identical to the criteria listed in the Call for Proposals. Proposals are rated from 1 to 5 by at least two reviewers and acceptances are based upon the highest numerical ratings. This is typical for professional conferences.

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What are the benefits of presenting at the Symposium?

First you get to present at the premier gathering of Massachusetts social workers. Your audience is large and skilled. This gives you great visibility within the social work profession. Second, people who attend your presentation are likely to use your work, and to promote your name and expertise.

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How are presenters compensated?

All presenters are provided with a substantial reduction in registration fees. We wish we could acknowledge the contribution of presenters by allowing them to come to Symposium without cost. However because Symposium fees are set low to allow maximum participation, we are unable to give presenters free attendance. It is our hope that the reduced registration fees for a presenter acknowledge the importance of their contribution. By contrast, most professional conferences do not offer subsidies or payments to presenters.

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When do I hear if my proposal is accepted?

The Symposium Program Committee will notify authors of all proposals by September 30, 2017.

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What if I need audio-visual equipment?

All workshop rooms will have an LCD projector and screen. Microphones will be provided based on size of room. If you need special sound equipment, inform the NASW office AFTER your workshop has been accepted. No other audio-visual equipment will be available.

VERY IMPORTANT:
You MUST bring your own laptop. Non-MAC laptop cables will be provided to connect to the LCD projector. MAC laptop users MUST bring your own laptop AND your OWN cables to connect your MAC to the LCD projector. No exceptions will be made!

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Is there training for presenters who want to present more effectively?

Yes, the Chapter will offer a training session on effective presentations to authors of accepted proposal in the winter prior to Symposium. This is FREE and CEs are available.

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