What is the Purdue Undergraduate Research Symposium?
The Purdue Undergraduate Research Symposium is an opportunity for undergraduates to present what they have learned through research experiences to a broad community. The event is held in April 11th, 2017, at the Purdue Memorial Union on the West Lafayette campus. Monetary prizes are awarded to the top researchers with public recognition for the first, second and third place entries in each participating college. Participation as a team or individual under the mentorship of a faculty advisor could result in positive impact in local and/or global communities.
URPS Application Available: January 30, 2017
URPS Application Deadline: March 10, 2017
Application Approvals: March 24, 2017
URPS Judge Registration Available: March 12, 2017
URPS Judge Registration Deadline: April 4, 2017
Symposium Date: April 11, 2017
Undergraduate Research and Poster Symposium
April 11, 2017
Thank you for participating in the 2017 Undergraduate Research and Poster Symposium! Please read these instructions and look over the enclosed materials carefully.
Schedule for the Afternoon
12:00-1:00 Students check in and set up the posters
3:30-4:00 Poster Viewing (tabulation of scores)
4:00 (approx.) Awards Ceremony
5:00 (approx.) Event over; take down posters
Posters should be no larger than 56 inches by 42 inches. Please review the information on the Undergraduate Research web site under Attend the Symposium -- Poster Design & Presentation
(http://www.purdue.edu/research/Ugrad/showcase.php) for guidelines about format and content for your poster.
We expect you to be present as much as possible during the scheduled judging time. We will attempt to work with any scheduling constraints you provided in your on-line application. If you need to leave for a few minutes, please indicate the time of your return on the postcard in your packet and post it at eye level on the left side of your board. That way, if a judge misses you, he/she will know when to return. We do hope that you’ll take the opportunity to look at other posters periodically when not being judged.
Refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon.
The awards ceremony will take place immediately after judging results are tallied. The time listed in the agenda is approximate.
Peoples’ Choice Awards -- All attendees (including student presenters) will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite poster this year with awards being given to the posters receiving the most votes.
Please leave your poster in place until after the Awards Ceremony. We will want to get photos of some of the awardwinning posters. After the ceremony please take down your poster and bring the push pins to the check-in table.
Problems Throughout the Day
If there are any problems at any point during the day, please go to the check-in table. The personnel there will be able to direct you to resources.
Again, thank you for participating! We are excited about the event and are delighted to have such a variety of exhibits. We hope that you enjoy the day.
Note card: To leave a note for judges (if you need to step away from your poster, let the judge know when you will return).
Judging Criteria Sheet
Student Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I apply to participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium?
Participation is tentative as you must apply for a spot in the symposium. The link for the application is in the button labeled “Students Apply Here.”
- How do I choose a topic?
Start by selecting a general subject that interests you. This could be case competitions, for example. Then start asking questions about case competitions: Are people more likely to obtain a career right out of college if they increase their participation in case competitions? Is there a link between self-confidence and participation in case competitions?
The most interesting and riveting question is a great place to start when conducting research. As you learn a little more about your research question, you can formulate a hypothesis around this research area.
- How do I find a mentor?
Start by talking with faculty and staff that you have started to build a relationship with. Talk with faculty that has the same area of interest in research as you. It starts with a simple conversation.
- Where do I print my poster?
As a Krannert student, you can print your poster by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Attach a PDF of the poster and be sure to include the dimensions of the research poster. In the body of the email make sure to include that you were referred to the copy center by the Leadership Communication Studio.
- What are the dimensions that my poster needs to be?
For the Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium the dimensions need to be 3 feet X 4 feet or smaller.
- Are there templates available to help me create my poster?
Some links to templates:
- When will I find out if I can participate?
You will be notified by March 24th, 2017.
- What are some incentives for participating?
You have the opportunity to win monetary cash prizes and the potential to get your research published. Also, participation in the Undergraduate Research & Poster Symposium earns recognition on your Purdue Co-Curricular Transcript.
Faculty Frequently Asked Questions
- How can I get involved in the symposium?
To start, you can assist your students in their research either as a mentor or faculty researcher. For the day of the event, judges will be required to evaluate student presentations. Faculty members are encouraged to judge the event.
- How do I register to become a judge?
A link will be provided on the website after student application deadline is closed on March 10th, 2017. This link will be updated as soon as it is available.
- Is there anything I must do to become a mentor?
Find a student who is seeking assistance and regularly assist them in formulating and conducting research. All you must do is give advice and direction.
- Where can my student receive help in creating a presentation?
Refer your students to this webpage. They are also able to contact the Leadership Communication Studio directly at email@example.com. Meetings with a Leadership Communication Studio Consultant are available upon request.
- How can a student print their poster?
Students can print their posters by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Attached a PDF of the poster and be sure to include the dimensions of the research poster. In the body of the email make sure to include that you were referred to the copy center by the Leadership Communication Studio. The dimensions of posters must be 3 feet X 4 feet.
A. Content: overall treatment of
topic. Research question, probem
defined. Abstract covers topic.
Accurate interpretation of data.
Importance, relevance of topic.
Question, problem undefined; abstract
does not cover topic; contains a lot of
inaccurate or faulty interpretations of
data; lacks discussion of relevance,
Question, problem not well-defined;
abstract could reflect topic better;
contains some factual errors or
inaccurate interpretations; relevance,
importance could be better clarified.
Question, problem adequately
defined; abstract captures topic fairly
well; data is mostly correct and
acurately interpreted; relevance and
importance are generally clear.
Question, problem well defined; abstract
fully reflects topic; data correct and well
interpreted; relevance, importance of
B. Organization: logical ordering of
ideas; conclusions tied to data,
implications for future. Project
planning and execution.
Ideas not presented in logical order;
basis for conclusions unclear;
implications for future not discussed.
Project does not appear to have been
well-planned and/or executed.
Some ideas not presented in logical
order; the basis for some conclusions
unclear; implications for future vague.
Project could have been better
planned and/or executed.
Most ideas are presented in logical
order; the basis of most conclusions
are clear; some future implications
follow conclusions. Project in
general appears to have been wellplanned
Ideas are presented in logical order; the
basis for conclusions are clear;
implications for the future follow
conclusions. Outstanding project in terms
of planning and execution.
C. Documentation: proper support
and sourcing of major ideas; partners
and advisors credited.
Little or no support for major ideas;
little or no sourcing provided;
partners and advisors not credited.
Some support provided for major
ideas; sourcing is outdated or
irrelevant; some partners and advisors
Adequate support provided for key
ideas; sourcing is generally relevant
and current; partners and advisors are
Effective support provided for key ideas;
sourcing is current and relevant; partners
and advisors are credited.
D. Visual Presentation: appearance
and legibility of poster; effectiveness
of poster in delivering message.
Poster is unappealing and difficult to
read; poster does not effectively
deliver the message.
Poster would benefit from more
careful execution; poster somewhat
Poster is legible and understandable;
poster adequately supports message.
Poster is attractive and easily read; poster
well represents and supports the message.
E. Oral Presentation: Adequate
volume, appropriate pace, diction,
language, professional appearance,
enthusiasm/energy, posture; effective
use of visual aids.
Low volume or energy; pace too slow
or fast; poor diction; language
inappropriate for audience; distracting
gestures or posture; unprofessional
appearance; visual aids poorly used.
More volume/energy needed at times;
pace too slow or fast; some
inappropriate language used; some
distracting gestures or posture;
adequate appearance; use of visual
aids could be improved.
Adequate volume and energy;
generally good pace and diction;
mostly appropriate language; few or
no distracting gestures; professional
appearance; visual aids used
Good volume and energy; proper pace
and diction; language proper and
understandable by a layperson; avoidance
of distracting gestures; professional
appearance; visual aids used effectively.
F. Interaction: eye contact; listens to
and answers questions.
Little or no eye contact; poor listening
skills; uneasiness or inability to
Additional eye contact needed at
times; better listening skills needed;
some difficulty answering questions.
Fairly good eye contact; displays
ability to listen; provides adequate
answers to questions.
Good eye contact; excellent listening
skills; answers questions with authority