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Undergraduate Research Workshop Series at Berks

Workshop series to prepare for the HECBC Undergraduate Research & Creativity Conference (or any other conference)

University Libraries' Undergraduate Research Award

How the award works at Berks:

  • Award up to $500
  • Eligible entries include HECBC Undergraduate Research & Creativity Conference and other external conference submissions by Penn State Berks students
  • To enter for consideration, please send your abstract and bibliography to Alex - - by March 20th April 1st!
  • Judges will visit your poster at the conference on Saturday, April 18th to discuss your research
    • For more information on what judges are assessing, check out the judging rubric linked below
  • Awards will be determined the day of the conference

Berks Undergraduate Research Workshop Series

Join us for our scheduled workshops!  Contact one of the Berks Research Coaches with any questions!

Undergraduate Research Workshops.  Research: Source Discovery & Management, Wednesday 2/19 from 12:15-1:15pm in Thun 137.  Designing & Creating a Poster, Wednesday 3/18 from 12:15-1:15pm in Thun 137.  Presenting Research, Wednesday 4/8 from 12:15-1:15pm in Thun 137.

Undergraduate Research Workshop Series 2020

**Lunch will be provided**

Research Freestyle

Wednesday, February 19th

12:15-1:15pm in Thun 137

Undergraduate research is an overwhelming undertaking.  So how can you conquer the unanticipated challenges of a major original research project?  The Research Coaches at the Thun Library are here to help you manage your research project and troubleshoot your concerns. We will focus on an interactive approach that concentrates on individual participants’ unique research challenges – come prepared with questions!  Anticipated topics of discussion may include: identifying gaps in the literature, search persistence and creativity, interpretation of nontraditional formats like data and visual media, active reading and synthesis strategies, source attribution/citation management, and more!

Desiging & Creating a Poster

Wednesday, March 18th

12:15-1:15pm via Zoom:

Making a research poster can be a daunting process. How do you put all your research on one piece of paper? But never fear, the Research Coaches of the Thun Library are here to help! This workshop is designed for students at all stages of the poster creation process. Participants can expect to learn about best practices for creating visually appealing and effective posters, along with having the opportunity to put those best practices to use.

Presenting Research

Wednesday, April 8th

12:15-1:15pm via Zoom:

Poster presentations are a great way to get started with sharing your research. But how do you share complex research in a short amount of time? Get ready for the HECBC Undergraduate Research & Creativity Conference (& other conferences!) with the Thun librarians and CAS 100 coordinator, Prof. Dawn Reitz. At this workshop, we will talk about what to expect at a research poster exhibition, including what to bring, what to say, and how to leverage your research poster into new opportunities. This workshop is designed for anyone who wants to improve how they present and discuss their research with an audience. Participants will leave with an elevator pitch to share their research quickly and effectively with anyone they meet.