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Eligibility for Undergraduate Research Festival


by   |  12.30.13  |  FAQs

1. Applicants must be current undergraduates enrolled in a college or university or are a recent (December 2013) graduates. Only current undergraduates may compete for prizes.

2. Presentations must feature undergraduate research carried out during April 2013-April 2014. If students are participants in a multi-year project, their presentations should focus on their own contributions to the project during that time frame. As you write your proposal, consult your department head and the person who mentored you in your research. They will be asked to validate your proposal after it is received.

3. If your research is collaborative, you and your teammates will submit one joint proposal for the project. Students are limited to two proposals, namely one for a paper presentation and one for a poster presentation. Each proposal must be on a different topic. Being included in a group presentation counts as one of the proposals, whether or not the student is the lead presenter.


Poster Presentation Rubric

by   |  02.18.13  |  Conference Tips, FAQs, General Announcements, Poster Presentations, Rubrics

Poster Presentations are judged on two major categories, Research Design and Presentation and Persuasiveness, each with several subcategories. Click to see the full Poster rubric.

Research Design

1. Introduction of Research

2. Statement of Hypothesis/ Research Question

3. Goals and Objectives

4. Explanation of Methodology

5. Presentation of Results and Conclusions

6. Understanding of the Problem or Challenge Addressed

7. Use of Literature in the Field

Presentation and Persuasiveness

1. Overall Poster Design

2. Use of Images and Text

3. Grammar, Spelling, and Style

4. Verbal Presentation

5. Use of Eye Contact

6. Answers to Questions

7. Explanation of the Project’s Significance


by   |  01.28.13  |  Abstracts, Conference Tips, FAQs, General Announcements

Who is eligible to present?

Any student who performed undergraduate research from the April the year before the Research Festival until the current Research Festival. This includes students who graduated December before the Research Festival.

I did research outside of my university, can I still present?

Yes! Many students have done research in summer research programs at other universities. We would love to hear about your experiences.

You can put the name of your research mentor at your university as your mentor or have a faculty member from your department here be your mentor for the Research Festival. It is strongly recommended that you have a faculty member proof your abstract before you submit it.

I did independent research and did not have a faculty mentor, can I still participate?

Yes! You have to options on filling out the Abstract Submission Form. You may put “none” in the blanks about the Research Mentor. A better option would be to have a member of your department act as your mentor for the Research Festival. They can help you with crafting your abstract and presentation.

Do you have to be an ACU student to participate?

No, all university students from Abilene are invited to participate.

I may have a conflict on one of the days, what can I do?

The Abstract Submission Form has a blank in which you may communicate potential conflicts to us.

Are there prizes?