In contrast to an oral presentation, a “poster” is a visual representation of the research project that must convey the essence of your message. In effect, it “talks” for the researcher. The poster presenter is on hand to answer questions and provide further details. For posters, keep in mind that the poster needs to attract attention from 10 feet away, so include a large, interesting photo or design. Also include more detail for closer, secondary inspection. However, avoid text-heavy posters. You may prepare a hand-out with more information to share.
An oral presentation is more than just reading a paper or set of slides to an audience. How you deliver your presentation is at least as important in effectively communicating your message as what you say. Use these guidelines to learn simple tools that help you prepare and present an effective presentation, and design PowerPoint slides that support and enhance your talk.
A proposal is used to get funding to continue or begin research. It should be well written and organized. Remember that you need to show that you are researching a problem that is significant and likely to yield results.
A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a summary of your educational and academic background. In the United States, a curriculum vitae is used primarily when applying for academic, administrative, scientific, and research positions or fellowships/grants. Its length can range from two to four pages (or more as your career progresses). Please keep in mind each field has a different standard. Ask the faculty in your department, as well as your Career Coach at Career Services, for feedback on your CV.
Research integrity is essential in any field of study. How can results be reliable and useful to a larger audience if the research is not conducted with the highest ethical principles? A system of principles known as Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) has evolved over centuries of research.
Many students who participate in UR think about graduate study. Some may be focused on pursuing academic or industry research careers, while others may be looking to the professions (law, medicine, finance, or public service). Whatever your trajectory, your undergraduate research background will strengthen your grad school prospects.