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WORKSHOP: Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities Fair

Tips to Prepare your Posters & Presentations for the Research Fair

In-person Poster Presentations

What to Bring

  • Business cards
  • paper/pen
  • research handout and copies of your bibliography
  • water
  • tape, binder clips, pushpin, or other tools to hang up your poster!

During the Session

  • Stand to the side of your poster so visitors can see it easily
  • Great visitors to your poster and make eye contact
  • Give them time to read your poster
  • Introduce yourself (you name, major, department, etc)

Answering Questions

  • Anticipate some common questions and practice responses
  • It's OK if you don't know the answer immediately, take down their contact information to follow up
  • If the question is outside your scope of research, its OK to say so. Keep the question in mind for a future project.


Virtual Poster Presentations

Preparing for your Presentation

  • Think about the light quality where you are presenting. For example, be sure you aren't light from behind by a window.
  • Be sure to find a quiet place free of ambient noise or distractions.
  • Be sure you look presentable and professional, no PJs please!
  • Take the time to practice so you are comfortable with your speech and your technology.
  • Anticipate common questions and prepare answers ahead of time.


During the Presentation

  • Have an elevator speech prepared to share the highlights of your presentation.
  • Tailor your talk to your audience. If they are new to your topic be sure to give them background or context information to help them understand what you did.
  • Be sure to leave time for your audience to enter questions into the chat, or take themselves off mute to ask aloud. Consistently monitor the chat to be sure you don't miss any questions.
  • It is OK to say that you don't have an answer to a question. If your research didn't explore that question, file it in your mind for your future research activities. Or, if you need some additional time to answer, ask for the individuals contact information to follow up later.