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?
  8. How should I acknowledge support I have received from OUR?
  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. Your poster can be no larger than 4 ft (wide) X 3 ft (high). We cannot accommodate oversize posters.
  4. How can participants get advice about their applications and/or presentations?
  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.This year, the platform sessions will be organized into interdisciplinary research themes. To help us organize these sessions, please consider which themes your research fits. If you are unsure which theme your research fits, make your best guess.The themes for 2015 are:

    • Health & Well-Being: This session encompasses subjects relating to the biomedical and sociocultural determinants and consequences of health and illness. This includes all stages of research on the human body; cell, molecular, and developmental biology; environmental determinants of disease; and diagnostics, therapies and treatments.
    • Diversity & Equity: This platform session will include research that relates to issues of access, fairness, and inclusion for all groups of people.
    • Environment: Does your research consider the physical world and/or how we relate to it? This panel will consider research relating to both the environment itself, including geology, zoology, botany, and similar research, as well as to human impact.
    • Fine Arts: Have you done research on dance, music, theater or art? This platform session will consider performance from a variety of places, times and cultures, as well as research that examines the creative arts.
    • Education: This platform discussion will focus on topics relating to education, including issues of access, organization and administration of school systems, achievement gaps, best practices in teaching, evaluation and assessment, and all aspects of learning.
    • The US & Foreign Relations: Are you studying how the United States interacts with other countries at a governmental or individual level? This platform session will include research on countries as well as international policy making. It also includes research that looks at US citizens in other countries or foreign citizens in the US, historically or now.
  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.
  8. How should I acknowledge OUR support on my poster or in my presentation?
    You should list any support from OUR, like Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, either by text on your poster or powerpoint or verbally in your panel presentation. You can find full details, including suggestions for wording, here.