CFP: Virginia Colloquium on the Rhetoric of Health and Medicine

Virginia Colloquium on the Rhetoric of Health and Medicine (VCRHM)
Colloquium Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Location: George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Submission opens: December 1, 2017
Submission closes: Friday, February 16, 2018
Acceptance notification: March 1, 2018
About the VCRHM
The VCRHM is a one-day colloquium that brings together researchers from Virginia universities and
nearby institutions to share research, engage in mentorship, and collaborate on funded research
opportunities in the rhetoric of health and medicine (RHM). The colloquium’s goal is to connect
researchers who examine RHM issues, including but not limited to:
§ Medical and health literacy, policy, and communication
§ Controversy and skepticism in science, health, and medicine
§ Global and intercultural health communication
§ Bioethics, biomedicine, and biotechnology
§ Health and medical usability and user experience (UX)
For the first annual VCRHM, we especially invite proposals to present research on projects that
investigate theories and methods in RHM. The research does not have to focus on Virginia.
Presentation Formats
VCRHM requests proposals for three presentation formats:
● Graduate Research Presentations.* Graduate students will present on dissertation chapters,
capstone projects, or other research in progress. These presentations will be 20 minutes in
length, followed by 10-minute Q&A sessions for feedback.
● Undergraduate Poster Session.* Undergraduate students will present research in a poster
session. Presentations will consist of a short oral summary accompanied by a scientific-style
research poster.
See the GMU OSCAR site for advice on poster design and presentation:
● Lightning Round Research Presentations. Open to all applicants, researchers will present 2-
minute lightning round presentations on new and existing research to facilitate discussion,
collaboration, and feedback.
*Funding will be awarded to graduate and undergraduate student presenters.
Proposal Submission
Submit your proposal using the link below by Friday February 16, 2018.
Submission link:
Contact/More Information
To learn more about the VCRHM, visit
For questions about this CFP, email Elizabeth Ferguson, PhD Candidate, George Mason University, at