College of Liberal Arts

Presenting and Publishing


(See below for Research Week)

Students may choose to present their research findings at a conference, symposium, forum, or other research-related event. And while presenting research is not required, it can be beneficial to the researcher. Presenting a project offers an opportunity for discussion which can further the development of the project itself; it also gives the researcher experience that can prove advantageous on a resume.

Students typically present their work in the form of a scholarly poster or an oral presentation. Students may present at any stage of their research; a project does not need to be complete to be presented.

Students who are completing an independent research project should work with their faculty mentor on where, how, and when their presentation takes place. Faculty mentors can provide valuable feedback and advice on how to proceed at all stages. Students who have been assisting with a faculty research project must receive the approval of their faculty supervisor before making any plans to present. Once approved, students should work with their faculty supervisor on where, how, and when their presentation takes place.

Poster Presentations

  • Posters are a great way to visually engage an audience.
  • Unlike traditional oral presentations that create a lecture atmosphere, a poster easily engages the presenter and the audience in a discussion of the topic.
  • Poster sessions give students the opportunity to brainstorm with others who share their interests.
  • A poster invites collaboration. It allows the audience to engage with the researcher in a spontaneous and energizing way.

For guidelines, examples, and a step-by-step guide on how to make a poster presentation, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Research Poster Guide section. 

Oral Presentations

  • Oral presentations are more formal, allowing students to practice their public speaking skills and display their expertise.
  • Many professors prefer that their students conduct oral presentations rather than poster presentations so they will be better prepared for graduate study and beyond.
  • In some disciplines, oral presentations are more common than posters.

Research Week, April 18 - 22, 2016

The Senate of College Councils and the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies will host Research Week April 18 - 22, 2016. Colleges and organizations, including the College of Liberal Arts, will coordinate events all over campus that week to showcase the work of undergraduate researchers.

Honors Day Poster Presentation

Saturday, April 16, 2016

If you are an undergraduate researcher and you wish to publicize your work, you can apply to participate in the Liberal Arts poster presentation. Approved applicants will have their posters professionally printed, courtesy of the College, and will present their poster at the Honors Day reception on Saturday, April 16, from approximately 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Student Activity Center ballroom. Click here to apply to participate. The application deadline is Friday, March 11.

Dean's Research Reception

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 3 - 4 pm

Researchers who submit applications to participate in the Honors Day Poster Presentation will also have the chance to present their research at the Dean's Research Reception on Thursday, April 23. A committee will select the top research posters from Honors Day and ask them to present to college directors, chairs, deans, and faculty at the reception.

Approved Poster Presentation Requirements

All approved applicants will create a poster to serve as a visual presentation of their research. The poster will communicate

  • The goals of the research project.
  • How the research was conducted.
  • The results thus far.
  • Crucial and interesting details about the research.

The poster may contain images, articles, photos, graphs, documents, or anything that clearly and quickly communicates important information about the research. Presenters will be required to attend a poster-making design class offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research Office (OUR). Dates and times vary and can be found on the OUR website. Students who create posters are expected to attend the reception and stay with their poster to discuss their research with guests.

Questions? Please contact Maggie Wilhite

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