Undergraduate Research Symposium
The Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Symposium provides the opportunity for undergraduates across the disciplines to share their research and creative activities with the UCR community. Students may present their work in a variety of ways, such as oral presentations, poster sessions, art exhibits, performances, and electronic media.
We encourage all UCR undergraduates involved in faculty-mentored research or creative activities to apply, and those not yet involved to attend the Symposium and discover the broad range of opportunities available at UCR.
Poster Presentation Guidelines
Poster presentations must be on 3' or 4' (height) by 4' (width) poster board: no posters should be larger than 4' x 4'.
- Do not use more than two fonts; instead use bold, italic and font size.
- Suggested typefaces: Times New Roman, Arial, and Garamond are.
- Place your title at the top of the poster and make sure that the text is at least 2 inches in height.
Include the following:
- Faculty mentor and department
- Names of co-authors
- University of California, Riverside
The body type for the main sections should be at least 18 point and should be large enough to read from three feet away. Edit, review, and spell check all the elements of your poster display.
- Incorporate appropriate graphics in your poster. Label or describe any charts, tables, figures, graphs, or photos that you use and make sure all edges line up evenly.
- Use a color scheme that is easy to view and be consistent with your white space between sections of text, figures, and headings.
- It is best to prepare and practice a five-minute summary speech about your project This is an excellent networking opportunity so it is important to interact professionally, and be willing to answer questions. Expectations for day of presentation:
- Plan to arrive with your poster before 9:00am on the day of your presentation
- You are expected to be present at your assigned poster location for the entire hour
- Plan to collect your poster by the end of your presentation hour
Oral Presentation Guidelines
During your oral presentation, you will have 15 minutes to speak about your research or project, followed by a three to five minute question and answer session facilitated by a faculty moderator.
- It is encouraged that you rehearse your presentation in front of an audience and ask your practice audience for feedback. Face your audience, speak slowly and clearly, project your voice and make frequent eye contact. Remember the general outline of your presentation and the logical order of information.
- If you are speaking from notes, number them so that you will not lose your place. If you are reading, read slowly enough for the audience to understand (at a rate of about two minutes per double-spaced page).
- If you are using PowerPoint, prepare the slides well in advance. Make sure each slide is clear and engaging. Keep text to a minimum in a font that can be seen from several feet away (no smaller than 18).
- Observe your audience; if they seem lost, slow down.
- A faculty member will moderate your oral session and will introduce all presenters to the audience, describe your session's topic, keep time, and facilitate the question and answer discussion.
- You must arrive before the beginning of your session, stay for the duration, listen to other panelists' presentations and participate in discussions that follow.
- Check all support materials in advance (PowerPoint presentations, handouts, transparencies, etc.) to avoid unnecessary delays in starting your presentation.
Some general tips on preparing for your presentation:
- Use the format of your academic discipline - All presentations should have an introduction, address a question or problem, and discuss or analyze the results of its inquiry. Consult with your faculty mentor concerning the proper form for your presentation.
- Make your work as understandable and accessible as possible to a broad academic audience without sacrificing its disciplinary rigor.
- Rehearse your presentation in advance and anticipate possible questions
Creative Activity Guidelines
In addition to the traditional oral and poster research and scholarly presentations, the symposium will include performing and visual arts presentations. This includes music, dance, theater, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, video, and such presented in the formats of performances, displays, exhibits, viewings, and readings. Students and faculty mentors interested in these disciplines and media should contact the symposium organizers directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss possible presentation formats.