Presenter Portal

Registration Now Open!

Now accepting abstract submissions from 2019-2020 Undergraduate Research Scholars to present at the URS Symposium on February 26, 2020! Deadline to Register: January 29, 2020 at noon

Register Now

Who are you presenting to?

  • Faculty, staff, post-docs, and graduate students have been invited to be active listeners and moderators. They will provide feedback on your research projects and presentation skills. There is no guarantee that you will be presenting to an expert in your field, so all presentations should be understandable by a general audience.
  • Undergraduate students in LAUNCH: Honors and LAUNCH: Learning Communities programs will visit presentations throughout the day and are assigned reflection activities (they may be walking around taking notes on your presentations) to help them discover their own research interests and learn what research presentation venues look like.
  • The event is free and open to the public! Feel free to invite your faculty advisor, professors, classmates, friends, and anyone else you’d like.

Who is giving you feedback?

Presentations at the URS Symposium will not be formally judged, and there are no prizes associated with the event. Remember that the purpose of these presentations is to help you improve your oral communication skills in a low-stakes environment. However, our active listeners have been asked to focus on the following three areas and provide helpful feedback as they interact with you during your presentation:

  1. Body language and delivery
  2. Effective communication of the research question and why it is important
  3. Effective visual aids (if used)


Oral Presentations

  • Each oral presentation is 10 minutes.
  • You must be present at the oral session for the entire hour.
  • Session Timeline
    • There will be up to three back-to-back 10-minute presentations per oral session room.
    • After all presentations are complete, the moderator will host a 10-15 min. Q&A to allow audience members to ask questions to ALL presenters. Audience members will be dismissed after this Q&A.
    • Finally, the moderator will initiate a 15-20 min. feedback circle for all presenters, moderator, and active listeners. At this time, active listeners will provide presenters direct feedback on presentations.
  • The order of presentations can be found in the Abstract Book at The order of presentations will also be provided to you at check-in on the day of the event.
  • Visual aids are not required, but are recommended if appropriate for your discipline. A laptop will be available and PowerPoints will be supported.
  • Audience members may be walking in-and-out of oral session presentations.

Poster Presentations

  • Poster presentations are 1 hour.
  • You must be present at your poster for the entire hour.
  • Up to three active listeners will visit your poster within the hour, and may or may not identify themselves.
  • Your poster number can be found in the Abstract Book at It will also be provided to you at check-in on the day of the event.
  • LAUNCH: UGR will provide poster hanging materials. Max poster size is 48” wide x 48” tall. Do not mount posters. You must remove your poster once the session is over.
  • Print your poster as soon as possible. Email when you are ready to print your poster and we can provide you with a voucher!

Check-in: All Session Types

  • Go directly to your presentation location (listed above), tell our volunteers that you are a presenter, and provide your first and last name. Our volunteers will give you your nametag and a lanyard.
  • You may arrive, check-in, and set-up for your presentation 10-15 minutes before your presentation time.