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Frequently Asked Questions About the URC

Thank you for your interest in attending the TTU Undergraduate Research Conference (TTU URC): March 28 - 29, 2017. Please review the following below to assist in answering any additional conference related questions you may have.

Can I present my research if it is not currently complete?

Research projects may still be in progress at the time of abstract submission. It is not necessary to have final results or conclusions at the time of presentation. We recommend that you discuss your project with your faculty mentor to confirm your project will be ready for presenting in either a poster or oral format by March 28th.

Can I submit more than one abstract?

Due to space limitations, each undergraduate researcher is encouraged to only submit one abstract for consideration to the TTU URC. Multiple abstract submissions will only be considered in special circumstances and with pre-approval from the Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement.

Can I have a co-presenter?

Yes! "Groups" of up to two students can present at the TTU URC. Please note that only one Abstract Submission form should be submitted on behalf of the group project. There are separate Abstract Submission and Conference Registration processes. Group members will have the chance to register as a conference participant individually during the official registration period February 2 - March 15, 2017.

Who can present during the Conference?

All undergraduate students currently enrolled at an institution of higher education are eligible to present at the conference. Those from visiting institutions will be responsible for a $35 conference registration fee. The fees for those from TTU / TTUHSC / Angelo State University will be paid by the TTU System.

What is an oral presentation?

An oral presentation is twenty minutes in length, consisting of fifteen minutes of speech time, followed by five minutes of question and answer. Researchers will be speaking or reading (for those presenting a paper) in front of a seated audience.

What is a poster presentation?

A poster presentation is a visual display of your work where you will interact with conference participants in a large group setting. Conference posters should be 4' X 4' or smaller.

What is a Performing Arts Presentation?

A performing arts presentation is twenty minutes in length, consisting of fifteen minutes of performance, followed by five minutes of question and answer. Students will be performing on a stage in front of a seated audience.

What is a Visual Arts Display?

During a visual arts display an artist's work is displayed throughout as entire day of the TTU Undergraduate Research Conference. Visual art is displayed in a room that is constantly monitored to ensure the safety of the pieces. Artists can be present in the room to answer questions throughout the day if they wish. Artists are also encouraged to present in the oral presentation format if they would like to give a more formal presentation regarding their work. Presentation in the oral format does not effect your eligibility to display your art.

Can I attend part of the conference?

Students, faculty, and staff who are registered are invited to participate in as many conference activities as desired. Those traveling from outside of Lubbock should plan on attending a minimum of one full day of conference events and activities.

What are the expectations for conference attendees?

Poster presenters will be expected to stand with their posters throughout their entire session. Oral presenters will receive details regarding required participation.

May my family and friends attend?

Family and friends are welcome to attend; however, guests that would like to participate in any RSVP events will be expected to register as a conference non-presenter. A conference registration fee of $35 will be required for all attendees who are not TTU system students that would like to participate in RSVP conference activities.

Hotel Accommodations?

A list of hotel in close proximity to the conference can be found at http://www.visitlubbock.org/stay/#tab3.

Who will be reviewing my presentation?

Faculty, staff, and graduate students from the TTU system may serve as a reviewer. Those interested in serving as a reviewer should complete the reviewer registration form.

How long will presentations be hosted?

Poster Presentations:

  • Tuesday, March 28th, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Wednesday, March 29th, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Oral Presentations:

  • Tuesday, March 28th, 2:00 pm - 3:40 pm
  • Wednesday, March 29th, 9:30 am - 11:10 am

Performing Arts Presentations:

  • Tuesday, March 28th, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Visual Art Displays:

  • Tuesday, March 28th, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 29th, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Students will be required to stay through their entire time for poster, oral, and performing arts presentations. Visual artists can be present in the room to answer questions throughout the day for visual art displays as they wish. If the assigned time falls during a class period the CALUE office can provide a letter to the student verifying the legitimacy of the absence. Students participating in TTU/HHMI @ CISER, Honors college, or those who have time conflicts with existing classes should contact their director/professor to inform them of such time conflict.

Visiting Students and Non-Presenting Attendees: How can I pay for my conference registration fee?

Payment will be accepted as part of the online registration process. Payments for presenter and non presenting attendees should be received by March 22, 2017 in conjunction with the conclusion of the conference registration closing date.

**Credit card payments will be accepted via an online payment method.

Additional Questions?

Contact the Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement at 806-742-1095.