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What is the Purdue Undergraduate Research Conference?

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The Purdue Undergraduate Research Conference (formerly Symposium) is an opportunity for undergraduates to present what they have learned through research experiences to a broad community. The event is held in April 10, 2018 at the Purdue Memorial Union on the West Lafayette campus. Monetary prizes are awarded to the top researchers with public recognition for the first, second and third place entries in each participating college. Participation as a team or individual under the mentorship of a faculty advisor could result in positive impact in local and/or global communities.

Accepting Abstracts

OUR Scholarship Application Extended to Wednesday
The 2018-19 OUR Scholars application deadline is extended!
Due to the weekend power outage, we have extended the deadline for submitting scholarship application materials.

This scholarship program recognizes undergrad student engagement in original research, scholarship, or creative work under the guidance of a Purdue research mentor. These annual academic scholarships, $1,000 ($500 per semester), are funded through an equal matching agreement between the OUR and each of the participating academic units.

Deadline to apply including research mentor recommendation: March 28
Application site:

  • Upcoming Workshops

    Poster Work Day
    March 27 :: WALC 1087


    Get assistance with your poster and display it on the big screens to receive feedback from others. Practice your Celebrate research pitch.
    Practice Session: Oral & Poster Presentations
    March 29 :: 
    WALC 2007
    April 5 :: WALC 1087


    Present and receive feedback before the Undergraduate Research Conference.
  • Student Information/Schedule

    Undergraduate Research and Poster Symposium

    Student Information

    April 10, 2018

    8:30am-11:30am: Oral Paper Presentations - Stewart Center 

    1pm-4:30pm: Poster Symposium - PMU Ballrooms

    Thank you for participating in the 2018 Undergraduate Research and Poster Symposium! Please read these instructions and look over the enclosed materials carefully.

    Schedule for the Afternoon

    12:00-1:00 Students check in and set up the posters
    1:00-3:00 Judging
    3:30-4:00 Poster Viewing (tabulation of scores)
    4:00 (approx.) Awards Ceremony
    5:00 (approx.) Event over; take down posters


    Posters should be no larger than 56 inches by 42 inches. Please review the information on the Undergraduate Research web site under Attend the Symposium -- Poster Design & Presentation
    ( for guidelines about format and content for your poster.


    We expect you to be present as much as possible during the scheduled judging time. We will attempt to work with any scheduling constraints you provided in your on-line application. If you need to leave for a few minutes, please indicate the time of your return on the postcard in your packet and post it at eye level on the left side of your board. That way, if a judge misses you, he/she will know when to return. We do hope that you’ll take the opportunity to look at other posters periodically when not being judged.


    Refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon.

    Awards Ceremony

    The awards ceremony will take place immediately after judging results are tallied. The time listed in the agenda is approximate.

    Peoples’ Choice Awards -- All attendees (including student presenters) will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite poster this year with awards being given to the posters receiving the most votes.

    Poster Takedown

    Please leave your poster in place until after the Awards Ceremony. We will want to get photos of some of the awardwinning posters. After the ceremony please take down your poster and bring the push pins to the check-in table.

    Problems Throughout the Day

    If there are any problems at any point during the day, please go to the check-in table. The personnel there will be able to direct you to resources.

    Again, thank you for participating! We are excited about the event and are delighted to have such a variety of exhibits. We hope that you enjoy the day.


    Note card: To leave a note for judges (if you need to step away from your poster, let the judge know when you will return).
    Judging Criteria Sheet

    Participation Certificate

  • Student Frequently Asked Questions

    • How do I apply to participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium?

    Participation is tentative as you must apply for a spot in the symposium. The link for the application is in the button labeled “Students Apply Here.”

    • How do I choose a topic?

    Start by selecting a general subject that interests you. This could be case competitions, for example. Then start asking questions about case competitions: Are people more likely to obtain a career right out of college if they increase their participation in case competitions? Is there a link between self-confidence and participation in case competitions?

    The most interesting and riveting question is a great place to start when conducting research. As you learn a little more about your research question, you can formulate a hypothesis around this research area.

    • How do I find a mentor?

    Start by talking with faculty and staff that you have started to build a relationship with. Talk with faculty that has the same area of interest in research as you. It starts with a simple conversation.

    • Where do I print my poster?

    As a Krannert student, you can print your poster by emailing Attach a PDF of the poster and be sure to include the dimensions of the research poster. In the body of the email make sure to include that you were referred to the copy center by the Leadership Communication Studio.

    • What are the dimensions that my poster needs to be?

    For the Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium the dimensions need to be 3 feet X 4 feet or smaller.

    • Are there templates available to help me create my poster?

    Some links to templates:

    • When will I find out if I can participate?

    You will be notified by March 24th, 2017.

    • What are some incentives for participating?

    You have the opportunity to win monetary cash prizes and the potential to get your research published. Also, participation in the Undergraduate Research & Poster Symposium earns recognition on your Purdue Co-Curricular Transcript.

    Download Student and Faculty FAQs

  • Faculty Frequently Asked Questions

    • How can I get involved in the symposium?

    To start, you can assist your students in their research either as a mentor or faculty researcher. For the day of the event, judges will be required to evaluate student presentations. Faculty members are encouraged to judge the event.

    • How do I register to become a judge?

    A link will be provided on the website after student application deadline is closed on March 10th, 2017. This link will be updated as soon as it is available.

    • Is there anything I must do to become a mentor?

    Find a student who is seeking assistance and regularly assist them in formulating and conducting research. All you must do is give advice and direction.

    • Where can my student receive help in creating a presentation?

    Refer your students to this webpage. They are also able to contact the Leadership Communication Studio directly at Meetings with a Leadership Communication Studio Consultant are available upon request.

    • How can a student print their poster?

    Students can print their posters by emailing Attached a PDF of the poster and be sure to include the dimensions of the research poster. In the body of the email make sure to include that you were referred to the copy center by the Leadership Communication Studio. The dimensions of posters must be 3 feet X 4 feet.

    Download Student and Faculty FAQs

  • Judging Criteria

    Poster #:

    Mastery Level






    A. Content: overall treatment of
    topic. Research question, probem
    defined. Abstract covers topic.
    Accurate interpretation of data.
    Importance, relevance of topic.

    Question, problem undefined; abstract
    does not cover topic; contains a lot of
    inaccurate or faulty interpretations of
    data; lacks discussion of relevance,

    Question, problem not well-defined;
    abstract could reflect topic better;
    contains some factual errors or
    inaccurate interpretations; relevance,
    importance could be better clarified.

    Question, problem adequately
    defined; abstract captures topic fairly
    well; data is mostly correct and
    acurately interpreted; relevance and
    importance are generally clear.

    Question, problem well defined; abstract
    fully reflects topic; data correct and well
    interpreted; relevance, importance of
    topic clear.

    B. Organization: logical ordering of
    ideas; conclusions tied to data,
    implications for future. Project
    planning and execution.

    Ideas not presented in logical order;
    basis for conclusions unclear;
    implications for future not discussed.
    Project does not appear to have been
    well-planned and/or executed.

    Some ideas not presented in logical
    order; the basis for some conclusions
    unclear; implications for future vague.
    Project could have been better
    planned and/or executed.

    Most ideas are presented in logical
    order; the basis of most conclusions
    are clear; some future implications
    follow conclusions. Project in
    general appears to have been wellplanned
    and executed.

    Ideas are presented in logical order; the
    basis for conclusions are clear;
    implications for the future follow
    conclusions. Outstanding project in terms
    of planning and execution.

    C. Documentation: proper support
    and sourcing of major ideas; partners
    and advisors credited.

    Little or no support for major ideas;
    little or no sourcing provided;
    partners and advisors not credited.

    Some support provided for major
    ideas; sourcing is outdated or
    irrelevant; some partners and advisors
    are credited.

    Adequate support provided for key
    ideas; sourcing is generally relevant
    and current; partners and advisors are

    Effective support provided for key ideas;
    sourcing is current and relevant; partners
    and advisors are credited.

    D. Visual Presentation: appearance
    and legibility of poster; effectiveness
    of poster in delivering message.

    Poster is unappealing and difficult to
    read; poster does not effectively
    deliver the message.

    Poster would benefit from more
    careful execution; poster somewhat
    supports message.

    Poster is legible and understandable;
    poster adequately supports message.

    Poster is attractive and easily read; poster
    well represents and supports the message.

    E. Oral Presentation: Adequate
    volume, appropriate pace, diction,
    language, professional appearance,
    enthusiasm/energy, posture; effective
    use of visual aids.

    Low volume or energy; pace too slow
    or fast; poor diction; language
    inappropriate for audience; distracting
    gestures or posture; unprofessional
    appearance; visual aids poorly used.

    More volume/energy needed at times;
    pace too slow or fast; some
    inappropriate language used; some
    distracting gestures or posture;
    adequate appearance; use of visual
    aids could be improved.

    Adequate volume and energy;
    generally good pace and diction;
    mostly appropriate language; few or
    no distracting gestures; professional
    appearance; visual aids used

    Good volume and energy; proper pace
    and diction; language proper and
    understandable by a layperson; avoidance
    of distracting gestures; professional
    appearance; visual aids used effectively.

    F. Interaction: eye contact; listens to
    and answers questions.

    Little or no eye contact; poor listening
    skills; uneasiness or inability to
    answer questions.

    Additional eye contact needed at
    times; better listening skills needed;
    some difficulty answering questions.

    Fairly good eye contact; displays
    ability to listen; provides adequate
    answers to questions.

    Good eye contact; excellent listening
    skills; answers questions with authority
    and accuracy.

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  • 2017 UGRS Winners

    The following Krannert Students received monetary award and public recognition at the event:

    1st Purdue Orbital Marketing and Business Development

    Leeanne Chen, Senior

     Leeanne Chen

    2nd Comparing the Sick Leave and Maternity Leave Policies in the United States and France

    Brianna Gieseler, Senior

     Brianna Gieseler

    3rd Can a Two-Day Industry Related Experience Impact What Students Want to Do After Graduation?

    Oswin Chackochan, Senior

    Oswin Chackochan

  • 2016 Krannert 1st Place Winner

    2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium 1st Place Winner

    The Undergraduate Research Symposium was held at the Purdue Memorial Union on April 14, 2016. Honor student, Christine Rasquinha, a Krannert undergraduate took 1st place in the Krannert division with her research on case competitions. Her research supports:

    "Case competitions do positively influence the success of students by making it easier to work in teams, increasing their participation for the work force, increasing application opportunity of class materials."

    2016 Krannert Undergraduate Research Symposium 1st Place
    Christine Rasquinha
    Krannert Undergraduate, Class of 2017
    Krannert MBA, Class of 2018

Summer Stay Scholarships at Purdue

For domestic and international students

Explore Summer Stay Opportunities

$2500 scholarship to cover summer tuition and fees

140 hours of research/internship completed by August 8

Scholarship for summer housing expenses

Possible course credit for internships (140 hours could = 3 credits)

Scholars take 9 credit hours including a two-credit (online) wellness course

Study abroad scholarships may still qualify to participate
Organized research and internship opportunities 

Link to Summer Stay Scholarships

Creating an Effective Poster and Presenting It