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 13 – 24, 2020

The Senate of College Councils and the Office of Undergraduate Research will host Research Week April 13 - 24, 2020. 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.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Liberal Arts Research Poster Session

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Patton Hall (RLP) Glickman Center

Undergraduate researchers in the College of Liberal Arts will present their posters to student, staff, and faculty guests. 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 vary and can be found on the OUR website. Students who create posters are expected to stay with their poster to discuss their research with guests. Click here to apply to participate. The application deadline is Friday, March 13.

Taco’bout Research

11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Patton Hall (RLP) Glickman Center

Hosted simultaneously with the Liberal Arts Poster Session, the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Chapter for Research (LAUNCH) will be hosting their 4th annual Taco’bout Research! LAUNCH is an organization dedicated to connecting undergraduate students with research opportunities within the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. Taco’bout Research is a networking event for students and professors to discuss undergraduate research in an informal setting. The event is geared toward recruiting undergraduate students for Liberal Arts research projects and connecting professors with qualified research assistants and interested students within Liberal Arts. Time is limited to 20-minute slots to give as many students as possible a chance to learn more and ask questions. Complimentary tacos will be provided during the event. More information, as well as the sign-up, will be available in early April.

Students who would like to meet with a professor must sign-up for a time slot by April 14th.

Thursday, April 21, 2020

Dean's Research Reception

2 – 3:30 p.m., Patton Hall (RLP) Glickman Center

Undergraduate researchers may also apply to present their research at the Dean's Research Reception. A committee will select the top research posters from the applicant pool and the chosen students will present them to College directors, chairs, deans, and faculty at the reception.Click here to apply to participate.

Questions? Please contact Katie Lathrop.


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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