Have you conducted research as a research assistant, through independent research, or for a class assignment? Now, take the opportunity to present your findings and get feedback on your research!
Why present your research at a symposium?
- Tell other students about your research.
- Practice presentation skills.
- See what other students are researching and share knowledge.
- Tell faculty, parents, and others about the work going on at the undergraduate level at Emory.
- Prepare for further work in research.
- Practice sharing data and research with those outside of your field of study.
Undergraduate Research Programs offers opportunities each fall and spring semester for Emory students to present their research.
Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium
The Fall Symposium occurs during Family Weekend each year. The symposium will be held on October 20-21, 2017. Students present work from all fields including Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Creative and Performing Arts. All Emory students are welcome to present. Registration for the Fall Symposium is now closed. Registered students will print their posters October 9th-13th.
Day 1: October 20th, 3pm-5pm
Day 2: October 21st, 10am-12pm
Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium
During Undergraduate Research Week at Emory (April 23-27, 2018), undergraduate researchers from across the College present their research for all to see in the Math/Science Center Building Lobby.
The Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held on April 24th and 25th. Students present work from all fields including Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Creative & Performing Arts. All Emory students are welcome to present.
Day One (April 24, 3-6pm): Research Partners and students funded by Undergraduate Research Programs will display their research.
Day Two (April 25, 3-6pm): Open to ALL Emory students wishing to present their work.
All participants will be asked to give poster presentations of their research projects, however the format may vary for department-specific symposia. Awards will be given to the best research poster. All students are provided with guidance on printing their posters.
Why should students attend a symposium?
- To see what other students are researching.
- To find out what kind of research is happening on Emory’s campus.
- To learn new information and see progress/discoveries being made.
- To get involved in research.
- To be inspired for individual research.
- To learn about the variety of labs on campus.
- To talk to faculty in undergraduate research.
- To ask questions about involvement, research, faculty, etc.
- To get advice from students in research, graduate students, and faculty.
A common way to create a poster is using PowerPoint, which will be introduced here. However, if you are familiar with any other software and would like to use it, feel free to do so.
When making the poster, the first thing that you should always do is to make sure that you have the correct aspect ratio of your poster. You can do that by going to File > Page Setup, select ‘Custom’ in the ‘Slides sized for’ option, and put down the actual height and width of your poster.
Keep in mind that this should always be the first step, do not size your poster after you are already done with the content because that will mess up the format of your poster. You can also ask your research mentor whether he/she has a template that he/she would like you to use, since some research groups have their preferred way of presenting results.
Poster Making Resources
- How to Create a Research Poster: Poster basics with examples of a well versus poorly designed poster.
- Makesigns Scientific Posters: Poster powerpoint templates.
- Designing Conference Posters: Tips on content and some dos and don'ts of poster design.
- Guide to Creating Research Posters: Steps of poster-making process.
- Emory College Poster Printing Guidelines
- URP Poster Resources
If you have received funding for your project from Undergraduate Research Progams, you must acknowledge the contribution by including our logo on your poster.
For all conference presentations, including on-campus symposia, Emory students may print their posters for free with Emory College Computing Support!
You only get one free print, so be very careful about your poster format and make sure you follow the printing instructions in step one below.
Follow these steps to print your poster:
- Make your poster. Click here to download guidelines for making and printing posters.
- Proofread your poster. Poster re-prints must be done elsewhere(FedEx Kinkos or Emory Print Services) at the expense of the student, so make sure the first version you print does not contain errors.
- Print your poster. E-mail a PDF version per the guidelines in step #1 to Emory College Computing Support at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your poster should be emailed at least two days before you need it.
- Retrieve your poster. Posters can be picked up outside in poster bin at (1655 North Decatur Road).
Learn about the fascinating research students have presented on at past symposia.
Check out previous symposia abstracts here.