Students present their work in one of two formats: a poster
presentation or delivery of a paper. Students delivering a paper are
grouped into panels that encourage discussion about their topics. The
audience is made up of fellow students, faculty members, staff and
administration, and friends and family members. Presentations can be
based on substantive in-class papers, scientific research, thesis work,
independent study projects, community service activities, etc. Students
are advised to contact their faculty mentors or Scott Gust (801)
832-2449 for more information about presentations. You should practice
Each oral presenter will have twelve minutes for his or her
presentation and three minutes for a question/answer period. Students
may submit individually and the conference committee will group your
paper with other presentations, or students may get together as a panel
and submit a series of papers (three is the ideal number) on a common
topic. For example, three students might have three different approaches
to Shakespeare, so a panel heading "Interdisciplinary Approaches to
Shakespeare" might be appropriate. With such a limited time to present
it will be a good idea to prepare and practice. The Chronicle of Higher
Education has some helpful advice on preparing to present a paper at a conference.
A poster is usually a mixture of a brief narrative paper intermixed with
tables, graphs, pictures, etc. As a presenter you will stand beside
your poster during the poster session and be prepared to give a precise
presentation that intellectually communicates your research and helps
synthesize your main ideas. This year, the Giovale Library will cover
the printing cost for posters printed in the new Makerspace/Art Lab on
campus. We will also provide easels and mounting materials for your
poster. There are many websites out there with specific advice on
preparing a poster for presentation at a research fair. Penn State has a
helpful site here. Many students will print their posters on a professional oversize poster printer, but it is not required.
What if my final paper/poster is not complete?
We realize the Undergraduate Research Fair is being held two weeks
before finals. If you can summarize your paper/poster in a concise way
that communicates your research and you have a faculty sponsor, you
should still apply.
What is an abstract?
An abstract is a concise summary (no more than 150 words) describing your project/paper/poster. You can review Professor Richard Badenhausen's web site on abstracts
for more information.