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Research Excellence Awards

The 2021 Research Excellence Award Finalists have been notified via email.  The review process is as follows:

ORAL & Poster PRESENTERS: 

  • The overall time allowed for your oral or poster presentation is 15 minutes (10 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions and answers).  You are required to attend the full 45 minute session.
  • You will SHARE your PowerPoint presentation in the virtual Teams room setting (Poster presenters will share a SINGLE SLIDE, and should practice moving the zoomed in view around the screen to provide a view of the poster section being discussed).
  • Instructions and the opportunity watch a training video will be provided, and will be provided in an email sent directly to the presenters.
  • If you had originally scheduled for an oral presentation that was longer than 15 minutes, you now will only have the 15 minute time slot, so please be prepared.  If you would like to also present for your original time in another room (not for the awards), we can schedule you for a second presentation. 

Equipment and private room spaces may be reserved:

  • We will provide rooms on campus in Michener Library for presenters who need to use UNC's wifi and/or equipment. We will provide a chance for you to sign up to use a room on campus, and equipment (i.e. laptop) if needed. We will send that sign-up information next week, along with the final confirmation with your Teams room link.

Timing - Your presentation will be assigned during the following time slots. Please note, we CANNOT move the timing of these presentations due to pre-scheduled judges.  You will need to make arrangements to present during the time slot indicated:

Undergraduate Presentations

  • Undergraduate Oral: Natural & Health Sciences 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. 
  • Undergraduate Oral: Social Sciences/Educ./Business 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. 
  • Undergraduate Oral: Humanities/Arts 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Undergraduate Poster: Natural & Health Sciences 9:00 a.m. – 10 a.m. 
  • Undergraduate Poster: Social Sciences/Educ./Business 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. 
  • Undergraduate Poster: Humanities/Arts 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 

Graduate Presentations

  • Graduate Oral: Natural & Health Sciences 1 p.m. – 2 p.m 
  • Graduate Oral:  Social Sciences/Educ./Business 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Graduate Posters: Natural & Health Sciences 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
  • Graduate Posters: Social Sciences/Educ./Business 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
  • Graduate Posters: Humanities/Arts Posters 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Developing Scholars Posters

  • Posters  9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Research Excellence Awards Ceremony - Required (virtual) Attendance

You must attend the Research Excellence Awards/Distinguished Scholars Awards Ceremony from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  (REA awards announced starting at around 5:00 p.m.)

The winner in each category will receive a $100 gift card, and all finalists will be recognized. We will have the multipurpose room available for attendees in University Campus Commons for students who are on campus.

Original Application information (Applications are CLOSED)

The Research Excellence Awards program was established to encourage and reward those presentations that exemplify the highest levels of excellence in research. Only a limited number of presentations will be accepted into the awards program, and a team of faculty will evaluate each one on Research Day.

In order to enter the Research Excellence Awards competition, a student must select the "Research Excellence Awards" consideration box on their Research Day application. Then, three to five finalists in each category will be selected, and will be notified directly of their selection at least two weeks prior to Research Day.

Students interested in being considered for Research Excellence Awards should check the box for Research Excellence Awards consideration on the application form. Finalists will be contacted at least two weeks prior to Research Day if accepted into the Research Excellence Awards Program. 

  • Developing Scholars Poster Presentation Awards: Freshmen and Sophomores who check the Developing Scholars Awards box OR the Research Excellence Awards box will be entered in the developing scholars awards category.  Separate poster awards judging will be conducted to select the winners.  
  • Student Oral Presentations: Only single sessions (15 minutes) will be permitted into Research Excellence Awards. If a student originally enters as a multiple-session presentation, they will be asked to switch their presentation to a 15-minute presentation. If your oral presentation is selected for the Research Excellence Awards, then your presentation will be rescheduled in the Council Room and will likely be rescheduled to a different time.
  • Student Poster Presenters: Finalists in the poster category may also be asked to reschedule into a different poster session if necessary.
  • Group projects: Teams are allowed, and the award amount will be split among all students listed on the research/project team. 
  • Publication in Ursidae: All ten Undergraduate REA finalists will have their abstract printed in UNC's Undergraduate Research Journal, Ursidae. By clicking the box to apply for REA, you are giving permission to have your abstract published by UNC. See past REA finalists submissions here in the past issues of Ursidae: https://digscholarship.unco.edu/urj/ . 

Awards Categories

Awards will be presented to the top scoring posters and individual presenters within each of the categories. Graduate and Undergraduate will both be broken into three separate categories (Humanities and Arts, Natural and Health Sciences, and Social Sciences, Education, and Business). Each of these divisions will have separate awards: $100 to each winner in each category, with three finalists for each category.

  • Developing Researcher Poster Presentations
    • Restricted to Freshmen and Sophomore level presenters.  
    • Freshmen and Sophomores who submit poster presentations and select the Research Excellence Award box, will automatically be considered for the Developing Research Poster category, if they are not selected as one of the finalists in the other poster categories. 
  • Poster Presentations
    • Undergraduate Category
      • Humanities, Arts & Creative Endeavors
        • 3-5 Finalists
      •  Natural and Health Sciences (NOTE: Natural & Health science presentations that are using social science methodology and are focused on more of a social science topic, such as education-related, should select the Social Science/Education category)
        • 3-5 Finalists
      •  Social Sciences, Education, Business
        • 3-5 Finalists
    •  Graduate Category
      • Humanities, Arts & Creative Endeavors
        • 3-5 Finalists
      •  Natural and Health Sciences (NOTE: Natural & Health science presentations that are using social science methodology and are focused on more of a social science topic should select the Social Science category)
        • 3-5 Finalists
      •  Social Sciences, Education, Business
        • 3-5 Finalists
  • Oral Presentations
    • Undergraduate Category
      • Humanities, Arts & Creative Endeavors
        • 3 Finalists
      •  Natural and Health Sciences (NOTE: Natural & Health science presentations that are using social science methodology and are focused on more of a social science topic should select the Social Science category)
        • 3 Finalists
      •  Social Sciences, Education, Business
        • 3 Finalists
    •   Graduate Category
      • Humanities, Arts & Creative Endeavors
        • 3 Finalists
      • Natural and Health Sciences (NOTE: Natural & Health science presentations that are using social science methodology and are focused on more of a social science topic should select the Social Science category)
        • 3 Finalists
      •  Social Sciences, Education, Business
        • 3 Finalists