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Poster Presenter with audience

2024 Research Day
Thursday April 11, 2024

Registration Information 

Registration is through the Student or Faculty URSA account. 

  • Registration for 2024 will open at the beginning of Spring 2024 semester.
  • Registration for Research Excellence Awards will close Thursday March 7. 
  • Registration for all other Research Day presenters will close Thursday March 21.

General Information

UNC Research Day brings together research, creative and scholarly works for one day of undergraduate and graduate presentations. A faculty Poster Session also provides faculty researchers the opportunity to present their work to students. UNC RESEARCH DAY  highlights UNC’s commitment to undergraduate and graduate student research. Faculty members are encouraged to assign course credit/extra credit for students in their courses to attend or participate in Research Day. Research Day will be collecting attendee information and can forward attendance information to classes who require it. 

Research Excellence Awards are included in the Research Day events and highlight the best of undergraduate and graduate level work. First and second year undergraduate students may compete for the Developing Scholars Awards in the poster presentation category. All students, Graduate and Undergraduate, may compete for awards with their posters and oral presentations in one of the three disciplinary groupings:

  • Humanities, Arts & Creative Endeavors
  • Natural & Health Sciences
  • Social Sciences, Business & Education


When poster presenters apply for Research Day, they may choose one of the following session options:

Thursday, April 11 2024

  • Student Graduate or Undergraduate poster (all disciplines) 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Student Graduate or Undergraduate poster (all disciplines) 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
  • School of Biological Sciences Poster Session: TBD
  • Faculty Poster Session ANY SESSION

Oral Sessions

Oral sessions will be held in the University Center.

Oral sessions may be scheduled for an entire hour for class or group presentations.

Individual oral presenters may select either 15-minute presentation or 30-minute presentation option.

Classes or large groups may select a one-hour time option.

Students may select one of the following time slots, and Research Day will group  presentations into one hour sessions with related disciplines:

Oral Sessions are throughout the day in the following four 1 hour 15 minute sessions (which match the UNC Thursday regular class schedule):

  • 9:30 –10:45 Session A
  • 11:00 – 12:15 Session B
  • 12:30 – 1:45 Session C
  • 2:00 – 3:15 Session D

Research Excellence Awards

Presentations are judged throughout the day. The awards ceremony for Research Excellence Awards held in Panorama Room 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Thursday April 11. Light refreshments will be served. All finalists are required to attend, unless they have a significant other conflict, and will be awarded certificates and the final winners will be announced.

Finalists were announced the week of March 18 via email to all selected finalists. Those not selected will receive a general confirmation for their presentation, as all registrants will still present on Research Day, even if they are not a finalist for the awards.

2023 Research Excellence Award Finalists

Application information for participants

Presenter Information

  • You must have the bear e-mail addresses of all student presenters and the unco.edu e-mail address for your faculty sponsor in order to list them on the application.
  • Only the "primary" presenter will receive communication e-mails about Research Day.
    Please check your email account for the email confirmation from Research Day which will be sent the week after Spring Break.
  • The faculty sponsor may submit the application for the student presenters (using the faculty tab in Ursa), in which case the faculty member must have all of the bears e-mail addresses for the student presenters in order to list them on the application.

Oral Research Sessions

The oral presentations will be held in rooms at the University Center.  You will select one of the Sessions, each is a one-hour 15 minute timeframe. Presenters may find that their assigned time conflicts with normally scheduled classes.  In order to continue to promote undergraduate research and scholarly work at UNC, the Research Day planning team encourages instructors to either reassign classes on Thursday to attend Research Day or to excuse students who are presenting, in the same manner that student athletes are excused for athletic events. Oral presentations may be organized for an individual presenter or a panel of presenters. Panels may include a faculty member. Individual presenters must be either undergraduate or graduate students enrolled at UNC.

Each presentation is scheduled for 15 minutes as part of a 1 hour 15 minute session block. You may utilize the time based on your needs, such as 10 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for questions. Individuals may also request a 30 minute time slot for longer presentations or panels, and instructors or groups may request a one-hour time slot for class or group presentations. E-mail our@unco.edu with any issues you experience or for any special needs.

Presentation format

Presenters will be allowed to share their screen in order to present.  It is recommended that Microsoft PowerPoint or similar software is used for the presentation, or you are welcome to read your scholarly paper, such as is common for humanities disciplines.

Poster Presentations and Creative Endeavors

Posters and creative endeavor displays may include a variety of project types including individual research projects, group research projects, class-based projects, creative works (please include specifications in the "other information" box about your creative works display needs), applied projects, or for faculty-led research with student participation. Poster presenters will be provided with several presentation session options during the day.

Poster specifications

Posters should adhere to the following standards:

  • 36" x 48 "  large format printed.
  • Tri-folds can also be accommodated - slim tables will be available for tri-folds.

Faculty Poster Session:

Faculty may present their research in the faculty poster session.

Research Excellence Awards (REA)

Students are encouraged to submit their own research proposals for presentation; however, the faculty mentor or a related administrative staff person may also submit the application. Any problems with the submission should be addressed to hsl@unco.edu.

Complete Information on the Research Excellence Awards Page

Developing Scholars Awards:

  • Lower division undergraduate poster presenter students (First Year/Second year Undergraduates) will have the opportunity to be selected into a new "Developing Scholar" Research Excellence Award category for their poster display.  You will select the Developing Scholar checkbox if you wish to enter this research poster competition. 

Abstract Guidelines

  • The abstract must be no more than 300 words.
  • Abstracts should include information that is pertinent to a general audience. Please include an opening statement that highlights the significance of your project. Include information in the body of the abstract about research methodology, and preliminary results, if applicable. An overview of what the audience will experience in the presentation or view on the poster may be appropriate.
  • An abstract must be submitted at the time of application. It is recommended that you compose your abstract in a separate document, then copy and paste it into the form. Special characters do not always transfer through.  If your abstract has specific math symbols, etc., please email the abstract to our@unco.edu with the presentation confirmation number in the subject line.
  • Abstracts should include:  the central purpose of the research or project, a brief discussion of research methodology as applicable, and research conclusions either final or anticipated. 
  • Do NOT use subheaders, do not include the presenter names, and do not include "key words" section or citations section with your abstract.  Please keep your abstract to one block of text.  The title will go into the slot for title, and should NOT be repeated in the abstract. 
  • The title and abstract will be listed exactly as you post them on the application. Please PROOF your title and abstract before submitting.
  • Abstracts will be posted in the downloadable version of the program. The printed program will have the titles only.
  • Your research will be selected for the awards competition based on the abstract along with the criteria mentioned above.

Research Excellence Awards Abstract Evaluation Forms