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.

Research Fair

Apply to the Fair

Type of Presentation
Equipment or Space Needed

Presentation Format

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 in advance.

Oral Presentations

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.

Oral Presentation

Poster Presentations

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.

FAQs

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.