Undergraduate Research Exhibition
EFSC's Undergraduate Research Exhibition (URE) provides students from all majors, all academic disciplines, and all campuses an opportunity to showcase original research, scholarly projects, and creative works to the collegewide EFSC community during an on-campus event held each Fall and Spring Term, with the next event scheduled for November 30, 2022.
Who Can Submit Research?
All EFSC students who have worked on research projects in the past academic year are eligible to participate.
Why Should I Participate?
You can use this experience to share your research, build your professional portfolio, and enhance your presentation skills. In addition to presenting your research in person at the event, your abstract/artistic statement and poster will be included in the OUR's online Book of Abstracts (our online archive for exhibition abstracts and posters) for you to share with friends, family, schools you apply to, and future employers.
What Types of Research are Accepted?
You're welcome to submit original research, scholarly projects, and/or creative works from any discipline. We accept research at any stage, from initial ideas to partially or fully completed projects. View examples of past research.
How Do I Sign Up?
The call for submissions for the Fall 2022 Undergraduate Research Exhibition, which will take place on Wednesday, November 30th from 1 PM to 2 PM in the Melbourne Campus Student Union (Bldg. 16), is now open. You will need to submit:
- Contact info for yourself, other researchers on your team, and your Research Mentor
- A project title
- An abstract or artistic statement
- A PDF of your research poster (this can be submitted later and is not required to register)
Sign up any time between now and the start of the event:
At the exhibition, please dress in business casual clothing and bring your poster to present. We will provide poster stands and foam boards to help display your research.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Ashley Spring at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abstracts and Artistic Statements
Please note that your Research Mentor must approve the final version of your abstract or artistic statement before you submit it to the OUR.
Abstract formats vary by discipline but should include information that clearly describes the research question or problem, why the research is important, how the research was performed (or will be performed), your results (or expected results), and your conclusions. An abstract should be a short, concise summary of the research that does not exceed 250 words.
Artistic Statement Guidelines
Artistic statements should provide information to help viewers understand the significance of the artistic work on display. Introduce your work and include your influences/inspiration, the background and/or theme of your creative project, and the methods that led to its creation. An artistic statement is a personal interpretation of the results of engaging in a creative research project and should not exceed 250 words.
Research Posters (Free Printing Through 11/21)
Please note that your Research Mentor must approve the final version of your research poster before you submit it to the OUR.
Work with your Research Mentor to design a research poster that conveys the importance of your research project. Posters must measure 3 feet (36 inches) tall by 4 feet (48 inches) wide and clearly state the following:
- Project title
- Student and Research Mentor names
- Background information
- Materials and methods
- Literature citations and acknowledgments (where appropriate)
If you create your poster using Microsoft PowerPoint, be sure to change the slide size before you start adding text and images so you don't have to resize everything later.
You must convert your poster to a PDF before you submit it via the OUR's online form.
FREE Poster Printing
With advance planning, your Research Mentor can have your poster printed free of charge through EFSC's Collegewide Printing and Graphic Services. To ensure the poster is ready in time for the URE on Wednesday, November 30th, it must be submitted for printing by no later than Monday, November 21st.
Looking for help? Remember that your Research Mentor is your guide, the EFSC Writing Centers are available to assist with writing and/or proofreading, and you can reach out to the OUR with questions at any time.
The following websites also contain useful resources for creating your poster: