Celebration of Undergraduate Research FAQ

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  1. When and where will the “The Celebration of Undergraduate Research” be held?
  2. Where can I park?
  3. How will my work be exhibited during the event?
  4. How can participants get advice about their applications and/or presentations?
  5. What are my responsibilities as a poster presenter?
  6. What are my responsibilities as a platform session participant?
  7. How can I register to attend the symposium?
  1. When and where will the “The Celebration of Undergraduate Research” be held?

    The Fifteenth Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research at UNC-Chapel Hill will take place on Monday, April 14, 2014, from 1:00 pm-3:15 pm at the Frank Porter Graham Student Union (see location on map of UNC’s campus). An awards ceremony follows immediately at 3:30 p.m.

  2. Where can I park?

    Please park in visitor’s parking lot on Highway 54 (Raleigh Road next to Chapel Hill Friends Meeting House). It is located a short walk from the Student Union along a paved walkway. If you prefer, there is also metered parking on Raleigh Road, and also on Country Club Road. Please see the Department of Public Safety’s Visitor Parking Information for more details.

  3. How will my work be exhibited during the event?

    For platform talks or performances:
    You will have ten minutes for talks and three minutes for questions. You will have at your disposal an IBM compatible computer for PowerPoint/Prezi presentations, and an overhead projector. If you have additional needs, please contact us by email (our@unc.edu).

    For poster presentations:
    Cork boards and pushpins will be provided for your use. If possible, please limit your poster display to 4 ft (wide) X 3 ft (high). If you will need more space, please contact our@unc.edu to be certain that we can accommodate your request.

  4. How can participants get advice about their applications and/or presentations?

    Visit the Courses & Workshops page for details of this year’s workshops.

    For advice about writing an abstract or description, please see “Advice on Writing Descriptions & Abstracts.”

    The Carolina Population Center has an excellent set of resources on poster design, poster templates, and even a video about creating effective posters. If you have a UNC onyen, you can also find useful resources at Lynda.com.

    The Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium has written a helpful guide providing general advice on poster presentations entitled “The Basics of Poster Design”.

    Michigan State University provides links to several guides for creating effective posters.

    Sometimes students ask how to get their poster printed. Although we cannot recommend specific vendors, many students use Student Stores Print Stop. Other students have used PhD Posters, an on-line service with delivery to the Health Services Library.

  5. What are my responsibilities as a poster presenter?

    Please bring your poster to the Student Union between 11 and 12:30 if at all possible to mount it on the poster board we have provided that has been assigned to you (we will provide the tacks). We hope you will be present for the entire symposium, to present your work and talk with other students about their work. You are also welcome to come and go during the platform sessions to hear particular talks. We also hope you will attend the Carolina Research Scholar recognition and Awards ceremony which follows the Celebration at 3:30. Following that session, please remove your poster, remove the tacks, fold up your easel, and place it in the box that is under the easel.

  6. What are my responsibilities as a platform session participant?

    If you have a PowerPoint or Prezi, the presentation you have provided in advance will be loaded on the computer in use during your session. Please attend the talk prior to yours, so that the transition between talks will be a smooth one. You are welcome to attend other platform sessions and/or visit the posters. We also hope you will attend the Carolina Research Scholar recognition and Awards ceremony which follows the Celebration at 3:30.

  7. How can I register to attend the symposium?

    Advance registration to attend all or part of the symposium is NOT REQUIRED. Please just come to the lobby of the Great Hall in the Student Union, where you can find a staffed welcome table with programs and name tags. Students wearing “HOST” nametags will help you find projects of interest to you.