Presentation Formats

There are six types of presentation formats accepted for the Undergraduate Symposium. You get to decide how best to present your work!

Poster Presentation

Students present research and creative work through visual media assembled on a poster board, or printed on a single poster, including such elements as photographs, text, maps, graphs, tables, and other sources.  Posters can be printed in landscape (42" x 36") or portrait (36" x 42") orientation. There is NO exception to the size. Posters will be installed on partitions, and will NOT need to have backboard attached. Mounting tape or clips will be provided for mounting. Poster presenters will be provided printing costs and space for displaying their poster.

Poster presenters deliver and install their posters on Wednesday evening prior to the Symposium and are expected to be present with their poster during the Poster Presentation session from 5:30-7:00pm on Symposium day for discussion and questions with attendees.

Prepare Your Poster Presentation

Oral Presentation

Students present original research through 10 to 15-minute oral presentations, accompanied by optional multimedia (e.g. PowerPoint, Prezi, Keynote, Slides) and/or physical exhibits. The Undergraduate Research Symposium Steering Committee will coordinate panels from Oral Presenters, thus you will present in a session with three to five presenters whose work shares a common theme or questions--often across disciplines. Oral presentation sessions will reserve a maximum of 15 to 20 minutes for discussion after the presentations. A moderator will be selected by the Steering Committee, who will introduce the panelists and facilitate the discussion. Short talks like these need to be prepared carefully, but presenters are encouraged to deliver them in a conversational style, rather than by reading a paper. Non-cloud-based slides/files will be submitted in advance.

Students will have access to a tabletop podium, laptop with wireless internet access, wireless presentation pointer, projector, and a speaker system. If your presentation is submitted in advance, it will be preloaded on the laptop.

Prepare Your Oral Presentation

Creative Work Presentation

Creative work presenters may exhibit art and creative works of all media (e.g., film screenings, sculpture installations, painting displays) as well as conduct live performances of all genres (e.g., music, theater, spoken work, dance). Students will have a designated time for their presentation or performance.  Students will describe their set-up needs (equipment, materials, space) on the abstract submission form.  This format is intended to allow for alternative and creative formats.

Prepare Your Creative Work Presentation

Data Story Presentation

Students share their process, reflections, and product(s) (e.g., data visual) from their own experiences with data. Data can be qualitative or quantitative. Students will showcase their Data Story in a brief (5-10 minute) oral presentation (accompanied by optional multimedia). Students will share a story regarding their “data journey” – this may include information on their data set, challenges to interpretation, tools, decision-making process, analysis, preliminary results, visualization development process, and lessons learned.

Students will have access to a tabletop podium, laptop with wireless internet access, wireless presentation pointer, projector, and a speaker system. If your presentation is submitted in advance, it will be preloaded on the laptop.

Students from all disciplines are encouraged to present in this format. Each Data Story presentation is limited to one student presenter.


Discussion Panel Presentation

Groups of 3 or more students discuss their work as a group of panelists that includes a moderator. A panel will typically consist of a brief introduction by the panel moderator, followed by a 10-20 minute individual presentation from each panelist connected to a central theme. The presentations are then followed by an interactive discussion between panelists (with an optional question-and-answer period with the audience).

If you select to present as a Panel, you are responsible for coordinating the group of panel discussants and getting a moderator. The best panel sessions are highly interactive, with panelists representing multiple points of view or perspectives on a given theme or research topic.


HighRes Visualization Digital Presentation

Students exhibit and present in the PSC Visualization Lab in the Allan Price Science Commons & Research Library. The lab utilizes 24 HD displays tiled and connected to create a 50-million-pixel screen – a resource for viewing high-resolution images and data visualizations for research and instruction. Examples of use might be to create or view a visual representation of large data sets; to view materials which when blown up for visibility are too large for a conventional monitor; to video conference with other sites; or to display multiple large images side by side.