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Undergraduate Research Resources

 University Resources:


Undergraduate Research Conference Resources:

Submission Guidelines:

  • To submit a proposal to participate in the Undergraduate Research Conference, follow the submission guidelines outlined in the Conference Participation page
  • For a step-by-step instructions for submitting to AthenaCommons, click here.
  • For examples of previously submitted proposals, click here.
  • For full details on submitting and recording a presentation, click here.

Virtual Presentation Guidelines:

The 2021 URC will be 100% virtual, but the evaluation guidelines will largely remain the same! So to be your best self, follow some of these guidelines when presenting virtually:

  • Consider your content:
    • Practice your presentation in front of someone, and ask for feedback.
    • Alternatively, record a practice session
    • Make notes, but try not to read from them or from the presentation. Engage with your "audience" as much as you can. 
  • Consider your setup:
    • Make sure you have a good microphone and camera, and test your sound/video quality
    • Have your light source in front of you and your camera. An indirect lamp or an open window are good sources that won't hinder your sight.
    • Have a background that doesn't distract from you, and present in a quiet or still space.
  • Consider other examples:

Evaluation Guidelines:

Consider the following criteria when designing your project or applying to participate. Below are two sets of guidelines:

  1. Guidelines for all submissions
  2. Additional guidelines for particular submissions.

If you have questions about which rubric your project applies to, or how to go from “good” to “excellent” qualities, talk to your advisor, research mentor, or contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Every submission will be evaluated based on:

Quality of Research Oral Presentation
Scholarly significance within student’s field is readily apparent Oral presentation is engaging and concise
Robust research process presented clearly Student is approachable and professional
Rigorous methodology, when applicable Offers strong answers to questions
Analysis of data/texts is compelling The presentation skills of the speaker clarified the topic significantly
Results/conclusions are sound Speaker is fully prepared
Incorporates the ideas of other scholars
Makes an original contribution to the chosen field or the wider public          

Submissions that meet the following criteria will be evaluated by Quality of Research, Oral Presentation, and one of the following:

For Posters For reading creative works
Eye-catching Authoritative poise
Conveys information effectively Masters the recitation
Appropriate use of visual aids (e.g. pictures, charts, graphs)                              Gestures and movements reflect the meaning of the reading
Easy to read from at least 2 feet away Clearly articulated and paced
Title is clear Communicated understanding and interpretation of the reading for the audience
All elements are clearly labeled Clearly states connection between research and composition
Not too much text


For performances For art exhibits 
Evidence of appropriate technique (e.g. acting, musical, etc.)  Great attention to detail
Clear and nuanced interpretation that reflects meaning of composition              Meanings/themes clearly portrayed by visual representation
Vocalizations and/or body language reflect development of piece  Work is expertly framed, mounted, or displayed
Engaging; great stage presence           Unique or original concept
Able to seamlessly connect performance to research Link between research and exhibit is clearly articulated


If you are submitting a creative performance or reading, part of your presentation should include an "artist's statement" that connects your original work to the research you did. In other words, set aside some of your presentation time to explain how scholars set the stage for your composition, what influenced your artistic choices, and how their work gives additional meaning to your own.