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Register to Share your Work at the 2020 Online Undergraduate Research Symposium

NOTE: Registration to present at the Symposium is now closed. New registrations are not being accepted. The following three bulleted points (Format, Abstracts, Awards) should already have been completed when you initially registered to present. Please review the "Ways to Share Your Work" section that follows.

  • If you are interested in sharing your work at this year's Online Symposium, complete the Symposium Student Registration Form, where you can select what type of presentation you'd like to give. 
  • Format: With the exception of students who are giving the ACE Talks, all other students will upload PDFs of their presentations that will then be posted on the Online Symposium website.  In order to keep technology expectations minimal, we will not be posting videos of student presentations.  See the presentation format options below for more details.
  • Abstracts: All students will be asked to provide an abstract or artist statement of no more than 250 words describing their research/creative scholarship, as well as 2-4 keywords that could be used to search for your presentation. Students are expected to review the abstract with their mentor. The KU Writing Center website provides tips for writing abstracts>>; advice on writing abstracts and developing keywords can also be found on this site from Springer>>.
  • Awards: On the registration form, students will select whether they would like to have a judge evaluate their presentation online.  Students who are evaluated will be eligible for an Outstanding Presentation Award ($50) and will get feedback emailed to them. Students who choose not to be evaluated by a judge will not be eligible for an award.

Ways to Share Your Work

There are a variety of ways you can share your research or creative scholarship through the Online Undergraduate Research Symposium:

  • Online oral presentation: For the 2020 Online Symposium, students giving oral presentations will submit their PowerPoint slides with their narrative typed up in the notes section.  The presentation should take about 10 minutes if you were to be presenting it in person.  Your PowerPoint will be saved as a PDF and our office will post it on the Symposium webpage.  You will NOT make a video of yourself presenting your research.  For more details, see:
  • Online artist's talk/ performance: For the 2020 Online Symposium, students giving artist's talks will submit their PowerPoint slides with their narrative typed up in the notes section.  The presentation should take about 10 minutes if you were to be presenting it in person.  Your PowerPoint will be saved as a PDF and our office will post it on the Symposium webpage.  You will NOT make a video of yourself presenting your research, but you are welcome to include links to videos of performances, recordings, etc. if that would illustrate your creative work.  For more details, see:
  • Online poster presentations: For the 2020 Online Symposium, students giving poster presentations (see KU poster templates here>>) will submit a PDF of their poster along with a worksheet that summarizes how they would explain their poster to a visitor.  Both of these documents will be posted on the Symposium webpage.  For more details, see:
  • Online display of creative work:  For the 2020 Online Symposium, students doing a display of their creative work will make and submit a PDF of a poster (see KU poster templates here>>) along with a worksheet that summarizes how they would explain their poster to a visitor.  Both of these documents will be posted on the Symposium webpage. For more details, see:
  • ACE Talks: Three students will be selected to be one of the featured speakers at the Online Undergraduate Research Symposium.  These students will record a video of themselves presenting their research that will be posted online.  Read more about the ACE Talks...

Submitting your presentation

Students who registered to present their work should read the pdf of the presentation guidelines for their presentation type above and then submit PDFs of their presentations through this online form.  Students will upload their pdfs by 11:59 pm on Thursday, April 16th.  Student documents will then be posted on the Online Symposium website, which will go live on Saturday, April 25.


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