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2021 Research Day: Important Information for prospective participants

April 8, 2021

Presenter Information

  • You must have the bear e-mail addresses of all student presenters and the unco.edu e-mail address for your faculty sponsor in order to list them on the application.
  • Only the "primary" presenter will receive communication e-mails about Research Day.
    Please check your email account for the email confirmation from Research Day which will be sent the week after Spring Break.
  • The faculty sponsor may submit the application for the student presenters (using the faculty tab in Ursa), in which case the faculty member must have all of the bears e-mail addresses for the student presenters in order to list them on the application.


Roundtable sessions will be available for Graduate or Undergraduate students who would like to present their research, scholarly project, or topic in a roundtable format.  Roundtable talks are perfect for students working in the proposal phase who would like feedback on their topic, or for those who have a project that aligns with a more collaborative discussion.  One to three projects will be placed together at a single roundtable for a one hour session.  You may select from either the morning or afternoon roundtable sessions available.  Roundtables will be held in Panorama room. 

Oral Research Sessions

The oral presentations are held in one of the University Center conference rooms (Spruce, Aspen, Columbine or Council room), based on the size of room you request. Due to discipline-based groupings, presenters will now initially select either a morning or an afternoon 3-hour time block for their presentations. Research Day system automatically assigns presenters a room and a one-hour block of time from the information given in the presenters' application based on discipline groupings. Presenters may find that their assigned time conflicts with normally scheduled classes.  In order to continue to promote undergraduate research and scholarly work at UNC, the Research Day planning team encourages instructors to either reassign classes on that Thursday to attend Research Day or at a minimum excuse those students who are presenting, in the same manner that student athletes are excused for athletic events. Oral presentations may be organized for an individual presenter or a panel of presenters. Panels may include a faculty member. Individual presenters must be either undergraduate or graduate students enrolled at UNC.

Each presentation is scheduled for 15 minutes in one hour session blocks. You may utilize the time based on your needs, such as 10 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for questions. Individuals may also request a 30 minute time slot for longer presentations or panels, and instructors or groups may request a 1 hour time slot for class or group presentations. E-mail hsl@unco.edu with any issues you experience or for any special needs.

Projectors and laptops

Projectors will be available in every room along with a PC laptop. You should bring your presentation on a USB drive to load on the laptop in the room you will be using.  No laser pointers will be provided, so please bring your own if you would like to use a laser pointer.

Distance presentations

Research Day is offering a room that will be set for distance presentations using conference software and the distance presenter will be projected onto a screen.  If you are an extended studies student, and would like to present via distance technology, please include that information in the "additional equipment needed" section. 

Poster Presentations and Creative Endeavors

Posters and other creative endeavors are displayed in a group session in the Ballrooms. Posters and creative endeavor displays may include a variety of project types including individual research projects, group research projects, class-based projects, creative works (please include specifications in the "other information" box about your creative works display needs), applied projects, or for faculty-led research with student participation. Poster boards or panels for hanging posters will be available and some locations will include slim tables for displaying other items.

Faculty Poster Session:

Research Day and Distinguished Scholars Awards have collaborated to host the first the faculty poster session at Research Day. The faculty posters will be displayed in the Mt Evans Ballroom on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. The Distinguished Scholars Awards will commence at 3:00 p.m. in Panorama room, with a reception to follow from 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Poster presentations Sessions

Wednesday, April 7,  2021Campus Commons
  • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM: School of Biological Sciences Undergraduate Posters
Thursday, April 8, 2021 University Center Ballrooms:
  • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Student posters All disciplines
  • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Student posters All Disciplines
  • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Student posters All Disciplines
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Faculty only Poster Session

Time Slot Selections

  • Sessions will be scheduled after the application deadline based on discipline, topic, or requests from the faculty mentors. When you submit your application you will choose either Morning or Afternoon.
  • Oral presentations will be assigned a time slot within a one hour session, and even if you are only presenting for 15 minutes, you will be required to attend your entire one hour session.
  • Poster presentations are scheduled for 1-hour time blocks, and presenters must be present for the entire hour.
  • For oral presentations, you have the option of choosing your length of presentation ranging from 15 minutes to one hour. One hour sessions are primarily reserved for those that are presenting as a panel or for full class presentations. Please do not select a full hour time slot unless your faculty sponsor has requested that selection.

Research Excellence Awards (REA)

Students are encouraged to submit their own research proposals for presentation; however, the faculty mentor or a related administrative staff person may also submit the application. Any problems with the submission should be addressed to hsl@unco.edu.

Complete Information on the Research Excellence Awards Page

  • REA accepts finalists in three categories: Humanities/Arts, Natural & Health Sciences, and Social Science/Education/Business. Approximately 3 finalists will be selected in each category for both undergraduates and graduates, posters and oral presentations.
  • Check the box for Research Excellence Awards if you would like your presentation to be considered for the Awards program. Note that if you are presenting in an oral session and are selected for the Awards program, you will be moved to present in a different room. We will contact you by March 25 if you are accepted into the Research Excellence Awards Program.
  • For Oral Presentations: Only single sessions (15 minutes) will be permitted into Research Excellence Awards.  You may also present in a regular session with a longer presentation.
  • Poster Presenters may be asked to reschedule into a specific poster session.
  • Faculty are not allowed to present as part of a Research Excellence Award presentation. Teams are allowed, but each member must be a UNC student.
  • All 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.

Developing Scholars Awards:

  • Lower division undergraduate poster presenter students (Freshmen or Sophomores) will have the opportunity to be selected into a new "Developing Scholar" Research Excellence Award category for their poster display.  You will automatically be entered for this new award category if you select Research Excellence Awards. 

Abstract Guidelines

  • The abstract must be no more than 300 words.
  • Abstracts should include information that is pertinent to a general audience. Please include an opening statement that highlights the significance of your project. Include information in the body of the abstract about research methodology, and preliminary results, if applicable. An overview of what the audience will experience in the presentation or view on the poster may be appropriate.
  • An abstract must be submitted at the time of application. It is recommended that you compose your abstract in a separate document, then copy and paste it into the form. Special characters do not always transfer through.  If your abstract has specific math symbols, etc., please email the abstract to hsl@unco.edu with the presentation confirmation number in the subject line.
  • Abstracts should include:  the central purpose of the research or project, a brief discussion of research methodology as applicable, and research conclusions either final or anticipated. 
  • Do NOT use subheaders, do not include the presenter names, and do not include "key words" section or citations section with your abstract.  Please keep your abstract to one block of text.  The title will go into the slot for title, and should NOT be repeated in the abstract. 
  • The title and abstract will be listed exactly as you post them on the application. Please PROOF your title and abstract before submitting.
  • Abstracts will be posted in the downloadable version of the program. The printed program will have the titles only.
  • Your research will be selected for the awards competition based on the abstract along with the criteria mentioned above.

Research Excellence Awards Abstract Evaluation Forms