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 present if I am not a Purdue student?

Yes, if you are working with a Purdue research mentor.

Can I submit applications for more than one research project?

No, only one proposal per student.

Is the Summer Symposium judged and provide awards for the top presenters?

The Summer Symposium 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.

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

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held virtually. Therefore, instead of submitting PowerPoint slides or printing out your poster, presenters will record their presentations and upload them on a platform that will be determined. 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.

What should I do as a presenter?

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

How do I set up my own WebEx/Zoom meeting?

You can find information on setting up your WebEx meeting as a Purdue student here.

You can find information on setting up your Zoom meeting here. (Keep in mind any time limitations.)

If you have issues, please contact your program administrator or the Office of Undergraduate Research.

How do I protect my poster from being used in ways I do not allow?

Read this informational guide on how to protect your poster - as much as possible! Although, we cannot promise 100% protection due to screen capture software. We have placed all of the information behind a login to prevent the general public from seeing the presentations and your presentation on YouTube should be unlisted to prevent individuals from searching and finding your presentation.

Is there special information for presenters to know for the Summer Symposium?

Yes. Please review this guide for presenters.

As someone who wants to watch the presentations, how do I access the links?

Please review how to create a nanoHUB account. This is where the presentations will be accessible from July 30-August 7.

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

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.

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.

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