FAQs

How do I apply to present?

The application process is completed online. If you have problems with the online application system, please email us UGResearch@purdue.edu.

Can I still apply if I am still in the early stages of my research?

Yes. Your research project does not have to be completed to be considered. Many students present ongoing research with preliminary results or anticipated findings. Students also submit to present knowing that by the time of the Conference, more results will be obtained.

Can I submit applications for more than one research project?

No, only one proposal per student. Multiple students may appear on multiple projects, but a student may only be the first author for one submission.

Can I deliver an oral presentation and a poster at this year's Purdue Undergraduate Research Conference?

No. If you are selected to deliver an oral presentation, you will not present a poster for the same abstract submission.

How is the virtual conference different from the in-person conference?

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the spring Undergraduate Research Conference will be held in a hybrid format. Therefore, students could submit PowerPoint slides or print out their poster or record their presentations and upload them to be shared with the OUR. Also, instead of the event only being one day, it spans over a week for additional time to learn about other research projects on your own time for the virtual conference while also having an in-person poster symposium on April 12 and research talks on April 14.

What is the difference between an oral presentation/research talk and a poster presentation in-person and virtual?

In-Person: Oral presentations/research talks have up to 15 minutes for the presentation and questions/answers. Poster presenters should prepare a 5-minute poster pitch as you are trying to concisely present your work.

VIrtual: Oral presentations/research talks have up to 10 minutes and are generally considered narrated PowerPoint presentations. Posters have up to 5 minutes and are generally considered a narrated PowerPoint slide.

How long should my abstract be?

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words.

How should I decide which college/school should have the final judging determination of my project?

Each abstract submission is reviewed by a college or school to determine if it can be presented and then determine who should make the final award determination for a presentation. Therefore, it is important that each presentation has a "primary" college or school for making these decisions. For your application, consider the primary/first student author's college/school, the department of the primary/first research mentor, and the area of the research project.

Note: Colleges and schools make the final decision on where an abstract submission is located for judging purposes.

Can someone show me how to write an abstract?

Yes. The Office of Undergraduate Research is available to help you write your abstract and you can utilize the resources in the Purdue Writing Lab and on the top of the Apply website.

I am a faculty member and I received an email stating that a student indicated I was their research mentor. Why did I receive this email?

Students must indicate a research mentor on their application for presenting their project. You were included in the application for a student who has submitted a proposal for a research conference or symposium. Please contact the student and the Office of Undergraduate Research as soon as possible if you were unaware of this submission.

Is the Spring Undergraduate Research Conference judged and are awards provided to the top presenters?

Yes. The spring conference is formally judged and various academic units and programs provide awards to the top presenters for research talks/oral presentations and posters.

It is best to review the spring conference rubrics before finalizing your presentation and research talk.

Poster rubric | Research talk rubric

Special designations:
Interdisciplinary project rubric | Archival project rubric

New for Spring 2022: The Purdue chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society, will $250 for the top STEM research talk and $200 for the top STEM poster.

For in-person research talks: What format should I submit for my oral presentation?

Please only submit Microsoft PowerPoint files for oral presentations. Laptops will be pre-loaded with the presentations and they will be PCs, not Macs.

For in-person poster presenters: What size should my poster be?

Posters should not be wider than 3' (36") and no taller than 4' (48") due to space restrictions. Posters that vary from these sizes will be removed. Check with the unit or program if they have additional size restrictions.

For in-person poster presenters: How can I print my poster?

Check with your research mentor to see if there are printing options within your department, program, or college/school. ITaP offers wide format printing options in the WALC and Hicks libraries. The cost is $4/linear foot with 3'-wide paper.

Discovery Park has a wide-format printer that Engineering projects and Discovery Park projects can utilize. Please see their informational flier, and remember that they need at least two business days' notice.

Faculty: If you are able to cover students' poster printing costs, but the students must print on one of the ITaP poster printers, contact itap@purdue.edu to request to set up an account for students to use to print posters. A ticket will be created and an individual will be in touch with you.

What is the Literature, Linguistics, Languages, and Culture (LLLC) Colloquium?

The LLLC Colloquium occurs concurrently with the in-person research talks on April 14, 2022 and provides a space for student researchers to present on literature, linguistics, languages, and cultures. This Colloquium is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of English, and the School of Languages and Cultures. Students who are applying to present during this event should indicate this in the abstract submission site by March 1, 2022.