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Undergraduate Research Summer Poster Session
The Undergraduate Research Summer Poster Session provides all undergraduates the chance to showcase their research, scholarly and creative activity, share results with peers, faculty and staff, and learn about other areas of research being conducted at Texas A&M University.
LAUNCH hosts the event each year in August as an opportunity for all undergraduates at Texas A&M to share their summer research experiences. In the summer of 2015, 147 undergraduates from 64 institutions participated in the event.
This year's event will be held in the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB) Lobby. The event is split up in a morning (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM) and an afternoon session (3:00 PM - 5:00 PM). Session disciplines will be announced after August 1. All students, faculty, administrators and community members are invited to participate in this year’s event. Advisors are welcome to accompany their students.
Session Topics Announcement
PHYSICAL SCIENCES and ENGINEERING
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Featured Summer Programs: Astronomical Research and Instrumentation REU, Chemistry REU: Biological, Green, and Materials Chemistry Research, TURC: Texas A&M Undergraduate Research in Chemistry, Cyclotron REU, CSE@TAMU REU, DREU Parasol Laboratory, INTO by CANIETI, TTI ATLAS Summer Internships, Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution REU: Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automated System Design, Transportation Summer Scholars, Research Intensive Community for Undergraduates (RICU) Summer Program
LIFE SCIENCES, BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES, LIBERAL ARTS and EDUCATION
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Featured Summer Programs: Beckman Scholars Program, Biochemistry REU: Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Biochemistry, Cyber-Health GIS REU, TAMHSC COM Summer Undergraduate Research Program, DeBakey Undergraduate Research Program, Engineering Undergraduate Summer Research Grant (USRG) Program, Aggie Research Scholars, Research Intensive Community for Undergraduates (RICU) Summer Program
- Any undergraduate student conducting research from any academic discipline under the guidance of a Texas A&M faculty member.
- Any Texas A&M undergraduate from any academic discipline who participated in research at another institution under faculty guidance.
- Any high school junior or senior in the B/CS area who participated in research under the faculty guidance of a Texas A&M faculty member.
- Yes, group presentations are allowed. All group members should register individually with the same group name, abstract title and abstract submission.
- Allows you to showcase your work to an audience of peers, faculty, staff and community members
- Gain or refine valuable public speaking skills
- Acquire the ability to effectively answer questions about your research
- Posters should be based on research, scholarly or creative activity you’ve engaged in during the past year, particularly over the summer.
- You will have 2 hours to present your poster. During this time you must stand at your assigned poster. Expect questions from visitors, other students, faculty and staff with varying academic backgrounds.
- Check-in will begin 30 minutes before the session start time. When you check-in on the day of the event, you (or your group) will be given a poster number. Use this number to find your assigned poster board or easel and begin setting up.
- Complete the online registration form (includes abstract submission) before July 28 at noon.
- You will receive your presentation time and poster number by August 2 at 8:00 AM.
Deadline for Registration: Thursday, July 28, 2016 at noon
Registration is submitted using a single online form found at http://goo.gl/forms/VJVzaCb4GQtznZ9B2
We ask for student information, which summer program you’re participating in, whether or not you are giving a group presentation, and an abstract of 250 or less.
You will be assigned to one of two sessions on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 based on your topic of study and affiliated program:
- 10:00 am-12:00 pm
- 3:00-5:00 pm
All group members must
register individually using the same
group name, abstract title and abstract submission. All group members are expected to be in attendance at the poster session.
Communication regarding the poster session will be sent to the email address you provide during registration. Add firstname.lastname@example.org
to your contacts list to make sure our emails don’t get directed to your junk folder.
What is an abstract?
An abstract is a brief statement that conveys a document or presentation's essential information. The audience will often decide whether or not to read a full document or attend a presentation based on the abstract.
- Abstracts should be no more than 250 words (max 1000 characters)
- Abstracts will appear in a publicly available Abstract Book
- Abstracts should be written for a broad audience.
- NOTE: We can only accept plain text abstracts. For this reason, formats, symbols and images used in word processing programs often will not appear as intended. Please spell out or use alternative plain text symbols when you submit your abstract. Remember that this abstract will be made available to the public.
Writing for a Broad Audience
- Check all spelling! Your abstract will be made publicly available.
- Consult your faculty research mentor for approval.
What should my abstract include?
- Abstract submissions should be clear, concise and understandable to a general audience.
- Any technical jargon should be defined.
- Describe the content of your presentation or document
- Highlight what you feel to be the most important points: Rationale, objectives, methods, most important findings, significance
- Identify key words: Technique, equipment, organism, theory
- Sell your research: Why is this interesting, important?
- Title: Use a declarative statement
- Objectives: Purpose, scope, rationale, motivation, hypothesis statement
- Methods: Approach, techniques, procedures
- Results: Most important findings
- Conclusions: Recommendations, implications, significance
Size and layout
- Maximum poster size is 42” wide x 48” tall
- Posters should not be mounted on poster board or foam core.
- Consider laminating your poster. It costs a little extra, but is worth the cost if you intend to display your poster multiple times.
- Minimum recommended body text size is 24 pt., 36 pt. for headings.
- You should be able to read your poster from 5’ away.
- Use a column format.
- Use a serif font for body text.
- Use phrases instead of sentences.
- Use a light color background.
- Don’t overuse colors—stick to a specific color scheme.
- Consider making images color-blind friendly.
- Consult your faculty research mentor for advise on what to include on your poster. They are your most valuable content resource!
- Be sure to seek your faculty research mentor’s approval of your poster before printing!
- Poster presentation templates for Microsoft PowerPoint and Publisher are available for download online and are a great resource for first-time poster presenters!
- Adobe Illustrator and InDesign are more advanced programs that allow you more flexibility and creative control over your poster design.
Learn more about what software is available to students at oal.tamu.edu
Additional poster tips can be found on our Presentation Resources
Poster printing resources can be found on our Presentation Resources
page. We highly recommend
that you print your poster at least 4 days before
the event to ensure that you receive your poster in time!
Before the Event
Day of the Event
- Dress code is business casual, however wear comfortable shoes. You will be standing for 2 hours straight.
- You must check in 30 minutes before your session is due to start.
- Hang your poster at your assigned poster number.
- Be prepared to answer questions and be able to present your research effectively.
If your research isn't complete or you didn't get the results you expected, do your best anyway--you should still present your work! Make sure the objectives, justification, and methods are clearly stated. Use terms such as “Results will show” or “If successful.”
No. There is no judging component or awards associated with this event. Our goal is to provide an open environment where students of varying levels of experience join together as a community of scholars and professionals.
Yes! All group members must register individually using the same group name, abstract title and abstract submission. All group members are expected to be in attendance at the poster session.
No. We would like to provide as many students as possible with the opportunity to present at this event. Please submit only one registration form.
Groups: In the past, some students presenting in groups also wanted to present an individual poster on a separate project. This year, we would like to limit each individual person to one presentation.
Please email email@example.com
before noon on August 1 if you wish to update your abstract.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have a scheduling conflict or need to leave early from your presentation.
We will not be providing any A/V equipment for use in presentations. While you are welcome to bring your own laptop to use as part of your presentation, please be aware that there are limited outlets available and poster number assignments will not take A/V equipment into consideration.