Posts Tagged ‘Tips’

Poster Tips and Tricks


by   |  02.18.13  |  Conference Tips, Poster Presentations

You can print your poster at several professional copy centers in town. One good option is through CopyCat in the library.

1. Size – Your poster should be 32″ high by 40″ wide.  At the poster session, the posters will be fixed to a mounting board that is 32″ X 40″ using  binder clips.  Posters larger than this size may be creased in the process.

2. Editing – Be sure an edit your poster. Be sure and have someone else edit your poster.

3. References  – Don’t forget your references.

4. Double check the color – Make sure that the colors you are using work together and are readable. You might print your poster out on a single piece of paper on a color printer. When you print select “Scale to Fit.” Printer colors often look slightly different than screen colors, so you want to double check.

5. Use Powerpoint or Photoshop – If you would like your poster printed for free, use PowerPoint or Photoshop. If you use PowerPoint use the Poster Template for URF and save the file as .ppt. If you use Photoshop save the file as .pdf.

6.  Check out these winning posters from last year.

Oral Presentation Tips and Tricks

by   |  02.18.13  |  Conference Tips, Oral Presentations tips

Oral presentations should 12 minutes long with 2 minutes for questions. In order to keep the room on schedule, hosts will stop the speaker after 14 minutes.

A computer with PowerPoint and a projector will be available for all oral presentations.  For the sake of efficiency on the day of the conference, the PowerPoint presentations should be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Research by 5 PM on the Friday before the festival.

The ACU Speaking Center is available to help presenters prepare their talks and their slides. You can schedule an appointment on the Speaking Center Blog.


1. Practice your talk. It is best to practice with your mentor listening, they will be the best at catching the detailed issues. Practice in front of your roommates, friends, and/or significant other. They will be able to tell you what doesn’t make sense to a non-expert. The more you practice, the more relaxed you will be the day of the Research Festival.

2. Proofread your slides. You don’t want to be up in front of people when you realize that there is a mistake on one of your slides. Have your mentor or a friend read them too.

3. Make sure your slides are readable. Remember that projectors usually aren’t as bright as computer screens. Small fonts and low contrasting colors make it hard for your audience to read the slides. It is better to use boring readable colors than cool unreadable colors.

4. Avoid wordy slides. Try to only put keywords, key phrases, and/ or images on your slides. Make your slides, practice your talk, then delete half or more of the words on your slides. It is boring to read along during a talk.

5. Practice, Practice, Practice. It is worth saying again.


Oral Presentation Rubric

by   |  02.18.13  |  Conference Tips, General Announcements, Oral Presentations tips, Rubrics

All presentations will be judged in two major categories Research Design and Presentation and Persuasiveness, each with seven subcategories. The three major areas (Arts & Humanities, Social Science, and STEM) will be judged on the same things for Presentation and Persuasiveness. Arts & Humanities has a different rubric for Research and Design

All Areas Presentation and Persuasiveness

1. Organization and Preparation

2. Use of Visual Aids

3. Use of Voice for Maximum Effect

4. Use of Gestures, Movement, and Facial Expression for Emphasis

5. Use of Eye Contact

6. Answers to Audience’s Questions

7. Explanation of the Project’s Significance

STEM and Social Sciences Research and Design Rubrics

Click to see the full Stem and Social Science 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

Arts and Humanities Rubric

Click to see the full Arts and Humanities Rubric.

Research Design

1. Introduction of Research

2. Statement of Thesis/ Research Question

3. Goals and Objectives

4. Explanation of Methodology or Theoretical Framework

5. Presentation of Conclusions and/or Answer(s) to Research Question

6. Explaining the Value or Relevance of the Research to the Field

7. Use of Literature in the Field

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?


Review of Abstracts

by   |  12.11.12  |  Abstracts, Rubrics

When abstracts are submitted they are evaluated by abstract review committees. These committees look for four key components: Appeal, Originality, Methodology, and Clarity.

Appeal and Originality: The first category in the rubric for abstract review looks at the Appeal (Is the research compelling and relevant to the field?) and Originality (Is this research contributing something new to the field?) Original research is different than a research paper for class where one reviews other’s original work.

Originality is defined on the rubric (attached below) as: “Proposals should clearly state the novel contribution to the field.  When new data has been collected, this is unambiguously original research.  However, different or improved analyses of previously reported data also represent original work.  Finally, a literature review can also be considered original research if the author of the review brings new perspectives to the questions considered by combining the findings of many studies (in the case of literature reviews, do not assume that the abstract review committee will recognize research as original; clearly state which findings or perspectives are new discoveries enabled by the review process).”

Methodology: In the second category the reviewers look for the research methods employed by the student researchers and that the students actively participated in the research.  The students were not just watching a professor do the research or playing a minor gofer role.

Clarity: The abstract should be well written and easy to read. A poorly written abstract can hide excellent research. It is best practice to have someone else proofread your abstract for you.  It is difficult to catch your own writing mistakes.

Students submitting abstracts to the Research Festival should have their advisors check their abstracts before they are submitted.