FAQs

How do I apply to present?

The application process is completed online. If you have problems with the online application system, please email us 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 Conference, more results will be obtained.

Can I submit applications for more than one research project?

No, only one proposal per student. Multiple students may appear on multiple projects, but a student may only be the first author for one submission.

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.

Can I deliver an oral presentation and a poster at this year's Purdue Undergraduate Research Conference?

No. If you are selected to deliver an oral presentation, you will not present a poster unless a Purdue program requires you to present a poster and the program notifies the OUR prior to March 15, 2020.

What size should my poster be?

Posters should not be wider than 3' (36") and no taller than 4' (48") 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.

Can someone show me how to write an abstract?

Yes. The Office of Undergraduate Research hosts a series of workshops to help prepare students for presenting at a research conference. One session discusses the basics of creating an abstract with some examples.

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.

Is the Spring Undergraduate Research Conference judged and provide awards to the top presenters?

Yes. The spring conference is formally judged and various academic units and programs provide awards to the top presenters for research talks/oral presentations and posters.

It is best to review the spring conference rubrics before finalizing your presentation and research pitch.

The below rubrics are used during virtual formats. Rubric portions that consider interaction are modified.

2020 Oral presentation/Research talk rubric

2020 Poster presentation rubric

The below rubrics are used during in-person formats.

Oral presentation/Research talk rubric

Poster presentation rubric

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