FAQs

How do I apply to present?

The application process is completed online. If you have problems, email UGResearch@purdue.edu.

Can I still apply if I am still in the early stages of my research?

Yes. Your research project does not have to be completed to be considered. Many students present ongoing research with preliminary results or anticipated findings. Students also submit to present knowing that by the time of the Fall Expo, more results will be obtained. Additionally, the Fall Expo is not formally judged and can be a good practice time communicating about your research topic to the educated, general public.

How is the virtual conference different from the in-person conference?

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Fall Undergraduate Research Expo will be held virtually. Therefore, instead of submitting PowerPoint slides or printing out your poster, presenters will record their presentations and upload them to be shared with the OUR. Also, instead of the event being one day, it spans over a week for additional time to learn about other research projects on your own time.

Can I submit applications for more than one research project?

No, only one proposal per student.

 

What should I do as a presenter?

Read this informational guide on how to create your content and post it to the online platform.

Is the Fall Expo judged and provide awards for the top presenters?

The Fall Expo is not formally judged, but there is a way to provide feedback to the poster presenters through provided paper notecards and a Qualtrics form that can be accessed with a QR code on the program. The Undergraduate Research Conference in the spring is formally judged and does provide awards for the top presenters.

 

What is the difference between the Fall Expo and the Undergraduate Research Conference in the spring?

The Fall Expo is not formally judged whereas the spring Undergraduate Research Conference is judged and distributes awards to the top performers. It is encouraged to present at the Fall Expo if you would like to practice presenting on your topic, if you are graduating soon and would like to include a presentation on your resumé or CV, or if you enjoy discussing your project with the Purdue community./

 

I am a faculty member and I received an email stating that a student indicated I was their research mentor. Why did I receive this email?

Students must indicate a research mentor on their application for presenting their project. You were included in the application for a student who has submitted a proposal for a research conference or symposium. Please contact the student and the Office of Undergraduate Research as soon as possible if you were unaware of this submission.

(The stricken information below does not apply to virtual conferences.)

Can I deliver an oral presentation and a poster at the same event?

No. If you are selected to deliver an oral presentation, you will not present a poster.

What format should I submit for my oral presentation?

Please only submit Microsoft PowerPoint files for oral presentations. Laptops will be pre-loaded with the presentations and they will be PCs, not Macs.

What size should my poster be?

Posters should be either 3' wide x 4' high (portrait) OR 3' wide x 2' high (landscape) due to space restrictions. Posters that vary from these sizes will be removed. Check with the unit or program if they have additional size restrictions.

How can I print my poster?

Check with your research mentor to see if there are printing options within your department, program, or college/school. ITaP offers wide format printing options in the WALC and Hicks libraries. The cost is $4/linear foot with 3'-wide paper.

Discovery Park has a wide-format printer that Engineering projects and Discovery Park projects can utilize. Please see their informational flier, and remember that they need at least two business days' notice.

Faculty: If you are able to cover students' poster printing costs, but the students must print on one of the ITaP poster printers, contact itap@purdue.edu to request to set up an account for students to use to print posters. A ticket will be created and an individual will be in touch with you.

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