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February 9, 2015

Undergraduate Research Day 2015 set for March 25

The University of Montevallo’s Undergraduate Research Day 2015 is set for Wednesday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (the time may be adjusted slightly depending on the number of presentations). The award ceremony is set for 3 to 4 p.m.

Undergraduate Research Day is held every spring to highlight undergraduate student research. It is open to all students who have completed an independent research or creative project in any discipline. Students participating in Undergraduate Research Day must have worked with a faculty mentor who will review the final product before it is presented. Research findings may be presented via poster (or appropriate display) or oral presentations. The event is set to feature a panel of judges to award cash prizes to the most outstanding presentations. Awards will be given for the three most outstanding oral presentations and the three most outstanding poster presentations.

Those presenting oral presentations should plan on a 10 to 12 minute presentation and may use visual aids (e.g., PowerPoint).

Those presenting posters should plan on a two to three minute presentation for the judges.

There will be a Q&A session after all oral and poster presentations. Students should be prepared to respond to questions. Judging criteria will include the following:

  • Knowledge or experience achieved
  • Significance and impact of the body of work
  • Overall organization (including appearance of display if applicable)
  • Delivery (professional attire and overall presentation)
  • Introductory statements
  • Hypothesis/problems/thesis/research question
  • Results/discussion/clear development of argument
  • Summary/closing remarks
  • Originality and creativity
  • Clarity of presentation
  • Clarity and competence of response to questions