Paper Deadline: May 12, 2014
Application Deadline: May 30, 2014
The newest showcase from 2013 is now on display on the Jupiter Campus and will be there until May 2, 2014.
Undergraduate Research Symposium
Students engaged in undergraduate research may present their findings either through a poster presentation or an oral presentation. Because of space limitations, a maximum of two students per faculty mentor may present at the symposium. Here are some important deadlines for abstract and poster submissions:Deadline for abstract submission (100-150 words): Friday, February 28th, 2014 by 5:00p.m.
Notification of acceptance: Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 by 5:00p.m.
Boot Camp: March 15th-16th. Students accepted to do presentations are invited to attend. More details below.
All students must prepare an abstract of 100-150 words. Student abstracts can be submitted by completing an online application form located here, by February 28th, 2014 by 5:00p.m.
Instructions for Participating Students
Instructions for Poster Presentations
For your convenience we have provided 5 poster templates. You may choose to use any of the following for your poster:
- As you prepare your poster, please keep in mind that your audience may have no prior knowledge of your topic. You are encouraged to use graphs, photographs, and other visual aides to help the viewer understand your project.
- Your banner should contain a title for your project, the authors, and your college. Use the font and color choices provided on the template. Do not change the font colors and size from those in the template. Do not change the color of the background. Do not move or resize the logo.
- The font for text within the poster should be no smaller than 32 point.
- As a condition of your participation in the Symposium, you must stand by your poster during the full time allotted to the poster session and be prepared to address questions or comments.
- Please view the evaluation rubric to better prepare your poster presentation.
Poster Printing Instructions:
- The Division of Student Affairs has kindly agreed to print your posters for this Symposium at no cost.
- Please use one of our poster templates (above) and save your presentation as LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_URS14 in a print-ready PDF format and submit it to
(please also include a powerpoint or jpeg file along with the pdf) no later than 12:00pm on Friday, March 21, 2014.
- Before you submit your presentation, be sure that your Faculty Mentor has reviewed and approved your poster.
- If you have already had your posters printed or intend to print yourself, please inform us of this as well. In these cases, we will not be able to cover the costs of printing.
- The printed poster should be three feet by four feet.
Instructions for Oral Presentations
- Students are allotted ten minutes to present their findings, with an additional 2 minutes for audience questions.
- Keep in mind that your audience may have no prior knowledge of your topic.
- Before discussing detailed findings, situate your research within some broader context and identify early-on the research question or problem that your project aims to address (as appropriate).
- Power Point and Prezi presentations are encouraged
Please view the evaluation rubric to better prepare your oral presentation.
Boot Camp for Presenters
Presentation Boot Camp is a two-day intensive workshop designed to prepare students to present research concepts and findings more effectively to both technical audiences and the general public. Topics include: knowing and identifying the needs of the audience, highlighting big ideas and take‐home messages, decoding complex concepts with diagrams, and displaying data in meaningful ways. This workshop is limited to 30 students, we encourage you to register early if you would like to attend. Priority will be given to those students who have registered to give oral presentations, but those who plan to give a poster presentation are welcome to register as well. Participants should keep in mind their presentation during this event. Students must be available to attend both full days to be eligible to participate.Dates: Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16
Please click this link to register for the event. Faculty mentors are also welcome to register and attend.
Highlights of the Third Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium
This year's Undergraduate Research Symposium was a great success. Here are some of the major highlights of the symposium:
- Student presenters from all colleges were represented for the first time
- Over 100 students gave oral and poster presentations (not counting co-authors)
- The symposium was expanded to include both the live oak and Grand Palm room to accommodate the growth in the program
- Over 60 faculty and graduate students judged all oral and poster sessions (at least two per presentation)
- Prizes were awarded for first, second and third place oral and poster by college
- The event was attended by over 260 faculty and staff, student presenters, attendees and some proud parents and siblings that we registered
- Our keynote speaker, Daniel Cane, gave an inspirational talk during lunch and spent lots of time chatting with students and reviewing the posters. Dan also donated 5 tickets for FAU undergrads to attend to the TedX Delray Beach talk in May
- A representative from TedX Delray Beach attended and listened in to several oral sessions in the am. She was so pleased at the level of research our undergraduates were conducting
- We co-listed the undergraduate presenters from an Arts and Letters panel session that was being held on the same day
- The event was co-sponsored by our Quality Enhancement Plan office and Undergraduate Studies in Academic Affairs and New Student and Owl Family Programs and other collaborators in Student Affairs
- A dinner reception was held post the event – sponsored by our student club the council for Scholarship and Inquiry (Student Government Club). CSI also sponsored a canoeing trip the Sunday after the event for students
Undergraduate Research Symposium Digital Collection of Posters
FAU’s Digital Library (DL) maintains a lab equipped to digitally convert materials to facilitate access to educational resources as well as for the purpose of preservation. Materials digitized include monographs, maps, documents, newspapers, pamphlets, photographs (negatives/slides), and audio and video recordings.
The DL ensures the quality of its collections by performing all digitization in house, maintaining the latest scanning hardware and software, and utilizing the expertise of skilled staff. Source materials are converted to digitally accessible files according to field standards and best practices to maximize the quality of FAU libraries digital versions.
The Digital Library will assist faculty and campus partners in the use of the FAU institutional repository and also seeks external partners to help create digital collections that will further the educational and research mission of FAU.The digital collection for FAU’s Undergraduate Research Symposium 2012 is available at this link: http://purl.fcla.edu/fau/UndergraduateResearch There are 41 posters in this collection.
The collection is accessible on the FAU Libraries Digital Collections webpage:http://www.library.fau.edu/depts/digital_library/collections.htm.