Symposia

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!

student presenting at symposium.

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. 

Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium

During Undergraduate Research Week at Emory (April 17-21), undergraduate researchers from across the College present their research for all to see in the DUC Commons.

The Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held on April 18th and 19th in the Dobbs University Center. 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 18): Research Partners and students funded by Undergraduate Research Programs will display their research.

Day Two (April 19): Open to ALL Emory students wishing to present their work.  

Registration closes on March 21st at 11:59pm.

Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Fall Symposium occurs during Parents Weekend each year. Parents weekend falls on the third weekend in October. 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 is now closed.

Check out our abstract booklet from Fall 2016 in the Previous Programs drop-down below to see the fascinating research Emory students are doing.

Presentation Requirements

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.

Attending a Symposium

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.

Creating a Poster

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.

Below are some online resources that may be useful throughout the poster making process. 

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 Guidelines

Emory College Poster Printing

Poster Printing

For all conference presentations, including on-campus symposia, Emory students may print their posters for free with Emory College Computing Support!

Follow these steps to print your poster:

  1. Make your poster. Click here to download guidelines for making and printing posters.
  2. Proofread your poster. Poster re-prints are done at the expense of the student, so make sure the first version you print does not contain errors.
  3. Print your poster. E-mail a PDF version to Emory College Computing Support at echelp@emory.edu. Your poster should be emailed at least four days before you need it.
  4. Retrieve your poster. Posters can be picked up at Emory College Computing Support (1655 North Decatur Road).

Photos & Previous Programs

Learn about the fascinating research students have presented on at past symposia.

Check out previous symposia abstracts here.