Presenting at the Celebration of Undergraduate Research

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All currently enrolled UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate students are invited to participate in the Celebration. Applications are due no later than midnight on March 1. Your research does not need to be completed by March 1 for you to submit an abstract, but you must be prepared to present results by the conference in April.

How to Apply

Fill out the application form by March 1. To complete the application, you will need to include the faculty advisor who supervised the project, the title of your project, and an abstract. You will be asked which topic area your project fits best; whether you prefer to present a poster, creative performance, or 8 minute talk; and which time slot (1:15-2:15 or 2:30-3:30) you are available.

We will only schedule you for a time you have marked as available, but you must be able to stay at the Frank Porter Graham Student Union for the entire hour. In some cases, students have requested permission from their instructors to miss or arrive late to a particular class to participate in the Celebration, but it is up to you to make this request before you apply to present.

We make every effort to accommodate preferences for presenting a poster or an oral presentation (you may also select “either”), but we can only accept a limited number of each type of presentation.

We will notify you whether your application has been accepted within one week of the deadline. Shortly after that, we will send details of your timeslot and what you need to do to present. If you are presenting a poster, you are responsible for bringing your own complete printed poster. The poster must be no larger than 36×48 inches. If you are speaking on a panel, you will be given an eight minute time slot. You may use a powerpoint, video, or handouts if you wish, but you will be asked to send any videos or electronic presentations in advance so that we can make sure they are available on the computer in the presentation room.

If you have further questions, please read the Applicant FAQ page. If your question is not answered there, email

What happens at the Celebration

If you are presenting a poster:

Please bring your poster to the Great Hall in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union. Find your assigned poster number (link to the schedule) and set up your poster. We will provide an easel with a poster board and pushpins, so your poster does not need to be mounted. You should plan to have your poster up no later than ten minutes before your scheduled start time, but you may come up to half an hour early.

You must leave your poster up for the entire hour of your session time (session I or session II), and you are expected to remain with your poster to answer questions from attendees. After your assigned time, you may take down your poster immediately, or you may return to get it, but all posters must be taken down by 4 pm on the day of the Celebration. Any posters that are left behind will be recycled.

We encourage you to join us for the Carolina Research Scholars Recognition and poster award presentation at 3:45 pm. All posters are automatically considered for a poster award and you do not need to be present at the Recognition to receive the award.

If you are presenting on a panel:

You will be asked to submit any PowerPoint presentations, videos, or other electronic presentation materials at least one week in advance. This includes links to online materials, like YouTube videos and Google presentations. The internet connection in the Student Union is sometimes unreliable, so this allows us to have all presentations loaded and buffered, and to check for sound and other technical problems, so that your presentation proceeds smoothly.

The presentation room will include a PC laptop and digital projector to show a presentation or video.

You will be assigned to a panel, and you are expected to remain for the entire one-hour panel. Your own presentation may take up to 8 minutes. After all the panel presenters have spoken, all of the panelists will be invited back to the front for Q&A. You are encouraged to ask the other presenters questions in addition to answering questions about your own research.

Other questions?

If you have questions about presenting at the Celebration of Undergraduate Research, please see the Presenter FAQ or email