Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS)

The Undergraduate Research Symposium provides an opportunity for students to present their work in a scholarly setting to students, faculty and other members of the University of Utah community. Undergraduate students from all disciplines are invited to present their research and creative work.

Virtual undergraduate research symposium
Held on april 20, 2020
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Closed for submissions!

We understand that recent events may have impacted your ability to conduct your research, and that many of you will not be able to complete the work you have planned. However, we nonetheless believe it is important to celebrate you and your research accomplishments, however incomplete they may be at this point.

Virtual URS Presentation Guidelines

Your POSTER Presentation will include the following:
   1) .jpg file upload of your poster
   2) an audio recording upload of your 3-5 minute presentation OR a link to a YouTube video of your 3-5 minute presentation

Your ORAL Presentation will include the following:
   1) .pdf file upload of your presentation slides
   2) a link to a YouTube video of your 15 minute presentation - narrated slides or a video of you presenting your slides
 
Your PERFORMANCE Presentation will include the following:
   1) link to a YouTube video of your performance, up to 15 minutes long
   2) an artist’s statement, up to 2000 characters long
 
Your VISUAL ARTS Presentation will include the following:
   1) .jpg file upload containing your works of visual art
   2) an artist’s statement, up to 2000 characters long
 
(For Poster templates, CLICK HERE.  For YouTube instructions, CLICK HERE, For Powerpoint help CLICK HERE

In-Person URS Presentation Guidelines

All presentations should be aimed at a general audience — the URS is an opportunity for students to communicate their research to an audience from a broad range of backgrounds. Students may present their research in the Poster, Oral, or Performance Sessions.
*To maximize the chance that students will have the opportunity to engage in discussion with attendees about their work, we encourage ALL students to present posters. 

Poster Presentations

  • Poster sessions are held in the Union main ballroom.
  • Posters can be up to 48 inches wide x 36 inches high (no tri-fold or foam poster boards allowed). Poster larger than 48 inches wide will be too big for the display boards.
  • POSTER TEMPLATES provided by the Office of Undergraduate Research available at: View Templates in Powerpoint. Additional poster templates and instructions can be found on the Marriott Library's Webpage.
  • Posters will be attached to fabric display boards with pushpins (provided).
  • Presenters must be at their poster and available to discuss it for the entire session.
  • To pay for poster printing, please first check with your faculty mentor and department for funding options. If you cannot afford to pay for the poster yourself, the Office of Undergraduate Research can offer support to those students needing financial aid. All requests for poster support must be submitted at least one week before the symposium.  Click here for more information.

Oral Presentations

Students wanting to present their research with an oral presentation will require special justification. 

  • Oral presentations will be held in rooms throughout the Union.  
  • Oral presentations start every 20 minutes (15 minute presentation, 3 minutes for questions, 2 minutes to transition to the next presenter).
  • Visual aids should be used if at all possible. A projector and screen/TV will be available — presenters are responsible for bringing a laptop and any necessary adapters.
  • Students are strongly advised to ensure proper connection to the projector before the oral session begins.
  • Out of professional courtesy, all presenters and audience are expected to stay for the entire session.
  • Presentation schedules will be strictly enforced.

Performances

  • Performances may be up to 18 minutes long.
  • Upon request at the time of registration for the URS, the Office of Undergraduate Research will work with performers to arrange for appropriate spaces for music, dance, and theatre performances.
  • Performers must provide their own equipment (e.g., instruments, speakers, props, etc.).

Visual Arts

  • Visual art presentations or exhibits may choose to present in the oral or poster sessions (see above for details).
  • Upon request at the time of registration for the URS, the Office of Undergraduate Research will work with visual artists to arrange for appropriate spaces for exhibition of students’ work.

Please contact Cindy Greaves at c.greaves@utah.edu with any questions.

Poster Evaluators

Poster presentations will be evaluated by faculty, graduate student, and postdoctoral scholar raters against undergraduate research learning outcomes identified by the OUR. Raters will use this rubric. Please note: the purpose of these evaluations is to evaluate learning outcomes, not to determine best poster.

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