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 16 - 20, 2018

The Senate of College Councils and the Office of Undergraduate Research will host Research Week April 16 - 20, 2018. Colleges and organizations, including the College of Liberal Arts, will coordinate events all over campus that week to showcase the work of undergraduate researchers. Undergraduate researchers in the College of Liberal Arts who wish to publicize their work can apply to participate in the following Liberal Arts poster presentations.

Honors Day Poster Presentation

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Undergraduate researchers in the College of Liberal Arts will present their posters at the Honors Day reception on Saturday, April 14, from approximately 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Student Activity Center ballroom. Approved applicants will create a poster to serve as a visual presentation of their research and will have their posters professionally printed, courtesy of the College. 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. Click here to apply to participate. The application deadline is Friday, March 9.

Dean's Research Reception

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 2:30 - 4 p.m.

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 19 at the Glickman Center in the College of Liberal Arts building (CLA). 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.

Questions? Please contact Agnes Savich.


Publishing your research paper is a great way to share your work and receive recognition that is beneficial for your resume or graduate school application. The Office of Undergraduate Research maintains a current list of publications which accept student research articles for publishing.

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