46th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference – Friday, May 1, 2020
The College takes seriously the role of research in the liberal arts education of undergraduates. Students regularly benefit from direct contact with our research faculty and are empowered and encouraged to conduct their own inquiries. All undergraduates at the University are invited to participate in and present their research at the College’s 46th annual Undergraduate Research Conference on Friday, May 1, 2020. Projects in the Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities are welcome!
Conference Schedule (times subject to change):
- Opening Reception: Thursday, April 30, 6–7PM (The Torch Club)
- Poster Presentations: Friday, May 1, 9:30AM–12PM (Hemmerdinger Hall and the Silverstein Lounge—first floor of the Silver Center)
- Multidisciplinary Panel Presentations: Friday, May 1, 12:30–2:30PM (Washington Sq. Campus)
- Closing Awards Ceremony: Friday, May 1, 3–3:30PM (Hemmerdinger Hall)
Application and Conference Details (online application for the URC will be available in January 2020):
- DURF recipients are required to present at the URC and must submit an appiication
- All NYU undergraduates are welcome to present!
- Application deadline: Friday, March 13
- Application includes submission of a project abstract (250 words or less)
- Applicants will have until Friday, May 8, to submit a revised/updated abstract for Inquiry
- Abstracts will be published in Inquiry
- Consult the Inquiry Style Guide for information on correctly formatting abstracts
- Participants will be able to submit a revised/final abstract (by Friday, May 11) if necessary
- Participants will present in one of two formats:
- Poster: Limited to projects in STEM and certain Social Sciences: if you need any tips on posters, here's a great guide on poster presentations and design.
- Posters should be fully set up by 9AM the day of the Conference. You can either set up your poster on Thursday, April 30, from 5–6PM or on Friday, May 1, from 8–9AM.
- The poster board (4 ft. x 4 ft.) and easel will be provided. Your poster should not exceed this board size.
- Please plan to be at your poster during the entire session to explain your poster to the judges and conference attendees.
- Posters must be taken down by 1:00PM the day of the conference.
- Panel: Open to projects in any discipline. 8-minute talk with 2 minutes for Q&A. Presenters may use multimedia to add a visual component to their presenations (NB: Rooms are generally equipped with PCs not Mac's. Panel presenters are encouraged to bear this in mind and use a PC-friendly presentation format).
- All panels start at 12:30PM.
- All panels run concurrently.
- Presentations will be held in the order listed in the program (final scheduling adjustments are still being made, and the final program will be posted soon).
- Faculty judges will be on hand to ask questions and interact with presenters.
- Faculty judges will also select a "Best Presentation" winner for each poster group and panel session.
- Winners will be announced at the Closing Ceremony.
In order to help participants prepare for the Conference, we will be hosting a series of presentation workshops, 2 for students doing panel presentations and 2 for students doing poster presentations. These interactive workshops will focus on both the theoretical and practical aspects of communicating research. Faculty from NYU's Writing in the Disciplines program will facilitate these sessions and fellow undergraduates with experience presenting at conferences will also be on hand to answer questions and provide insights from their own experience. Students attending the sessions are strongly encouraged to bring current drafts of their presentation to receive critique and guidance from fellow students and workshop facilitators. Dates and times for 2020 URC presentation workshops TBA.
In the meantime, feel free to consult the slides from the 2014 workshop, "Designing and Delivering Dynamic Presentations."