The Eighth Annual URS
April 25, 2015
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
The primary purpose of the URS is to give students an opportunity to present their research at a professional conference.
Registration will open on September 1, 2014
One of the features that sets the URS apart from other undergraduate conferences is the inclusion of faculty moderators who offer informal but constructive written feedback to presenters. In past symposia, students have overwhelmingly stated that they most benefitted from the comments and advice they received from the moderators.
Since the URS is a multi-disciplinary conference, we cannot always match faculty with sessions that are in their field of specialization but the URS strives to place faculty in sessions with topics that are within their colleges. Therefore, evaluations focus on the presentations themselves rather than on content. Space is provided on the evaluation form for moderators to comment on content if they choose. The feedback should be constructive but given kindly and informally.
Moderators will be e-mailed their assigned sessions the week before the symposium. They will also be given moderator forms the day of the symposium. For a sample form, click here.
Each session wil include 3-4 presenters who will each be allotted 15-20 minutes to present his or her research. A question-and-answer period will be held after all students have presented. Honors Student Ambassadors will preside over sessions introducing presenters and keeping track of time. Moderators will only be resonsible for filling out one evaluation form per presenter.
The posters will be displayed during the entire symposium, but the actual poster session will be held for about an hour, when the students will stand by their posters and talk about them with viewers. Moderators will evaluate the posters themselves and the students' presentations of their research.
NB: Forms should be given to preseters after their sessions are over. While you are welcome to ask questions during the question-and-answer period, please do not critique the students at that time. If you are unable to give the student his/her form, please give them to your Honors Student Ambassador Moderator or turn it in at the registration desk.