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Undergraduate Research Symposium

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The Purdue Undergraduate Research Symposium

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.

Key Dates

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

Creating an Effective Poster and Presenting It

  • 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 copycenter@purdue.edu. 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:

    http://www.posterpresentations.com/html/free_poster_templates.html
    http://www.makesigns.com/tutorials/
    http://www.genigraphics.com/templates/default.asp
    http://www.personal.psu.edu/drs18/postershow/
    http://www.studentposters.co.uk/templates.html

    • 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.

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  • 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 mevens@purdue.edu. 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 copycenter@purdue.edu. 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.

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