Student Resources for Summer Research Symposium

Poster Presentation

  • Posters should be no larger than 32” x 40”. The poster will hang by pushpins on a show wall. No foam boards will be allowed. You should be prepared to stand next to your poster for the entire duration of your scheduled presentation time, and you should prepare a 3-5 minute overview of your project. The poster will be displayed for the entire event.
  • View presenter and attendee guidelines (PDF).

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend the Summer Research Symposium and is there a cost?

The cost of attendance and participation is free! That’s right you read that right, free. Everyone is welcome! Faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, alumni, family, friends, and the NIU and DeKalb communities!

What are the benefits to undergraduate student attendees?

You will be able to see what a research and/or artistry conference entails without having to spend the money to get there. You will also learn about what a poster presentation might include, research and artistry projects happening in various departments, and network with undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty in a variety of disciplines.

Who can present at the Summer Research Symposium?

Any currently enrolled undergraduate student who has participated in a faculty-mentored creative or research project is eligible to showcase their work at this event. This includes, but is not limited to students who have completed independent study, capstone projects, Research Rookies, READ, SEF, SROP, USOAR or other related research/artistry projects

Why should I present at the Summer Research Symposium?

The benefits of participating in the SRS include working one-on-one with a faculty mentor, while giving you a chance to apply what you are learning in classes. You also have the opportunity to practice presenting ideas to others (communication skills), develop your resume (career) and explore more about a career in research.

What do I need to do to participate/how do I register?

Register using our online form. The registration deadline is Sunday, July 28, 2019.

Presenters

  • Review your registration information when you receive a “registration confirmation” email.
    • Please note that when you submit your registration, you are also submitting your abstract as well. There will be no separate abstract submission process.
  • Complete your poster (32” x 40”) and submit via email to ugresearch@niu.edu to be reviewed and printed by Monday, July 29, 2019.
    • Once you submit your poster, even if it is before the deadline, you cannot make any changes.
    • Participants can only print one poster for free. If you make any changes to your poster after you submit, you must pay to reprint the poster through Document Services.
  • Be available and ready to present on Friday, August 9, 2019 from 10 a.m.-noon.
What projects are eligible?

Any independent study, capstone projects, Research Rookies, READSEFSROPUSOAR or any other related research/artistry projects that have occurred under the guidance of a faculty mentor are eligible to be presented.

What types of presentations are accepted?

Posters and exhibits are accepted. Poster guidelines and suggestions can be downloaded here. If you choose to display your work with digital media, you are responsible for your own laptop to stream your video.

  • Poster Presentation - Posters should be no larger than 32” x 40”. The poster will hang by pushpins on a show wall. No foam boards will be allowed. Presenters should be prepared to stand next to their poster for the entire duration of their scheduled presentation time and should prepare a 3-5 minute overview of their project. The poster will be displayed for the entire event.
  • STEM or Artistry Exhibit - Exhibits should be no larger than 3 feet wide and will be in the same room with all other projects. Students should be prepared to stand next to their exhibit for the duration of their scheduled presentation to share about their project and answer questions.
Will I receive academic credit?

No, you will be recognized as participant in this campus-wide event. There are some departments that are offering participation in this event in lieu of other assignments. In addition, you may be eligible to submit your research or artistry experience through Engage PLUS.

What is Research Rookies? SEF? SROP? USOAR? READ?

These programs allow faculty to engage undergraduates in their research and artistry agendas. They allow students to closely work with faculty on expanding their domain of knowledge and skills and are designed to support mentorships that involve faculty members with qualified, highly motivated students.

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