Westminster College's Undergraduate Research Fair gives students the opportunity to share their research with the campus community. This all-day event celebrates and recognizes the academic achievement of students engaged in high-level research under the guidance of the college's faculty members. Undergraduate students from all of Westminster's programs, majors, and schools may participate with the approval of a faculty sponsor.
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.
Presenters need to provide their own poster boards. A table or floor
easel will be available for mounting your poster. The poster is usually a
mixture of a brief narrative paper intermixed with tables, graphs,
pictures, etc. The presentation should intellectually communicate your
research and help synthesize your main ideas and research directions.
There are many websites out there with specifc 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.
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.