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Presenter Information

Welcome to URC 2022! 
Texas Tech University's annual Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) is a two-day gathering of students, faculty, and staff who come together to learn, grow, and be inspired. Whether you're presenting or an active participant, the URC is a wonderful professional development and networking opportunity for you.

Submit your abstract!
Abstract submission for the 2022 TTU Undergraduate Research Conference is NOW OPEN until January 21, 2022 (5:00 PM, Central).

Poster Presentations

Poster presentations are paper displays that must be prepared and printed in advance. They may not include exhibits of models, devices or computer programs. Paper and supplies are not provided.

Please note: TrUE does not have a poster printer and is not able to cover the cost of poster printing.

Poster presentation sessions are typically ninety minutes in length. Presenters must be available to discuss their displays during the entirety of their assigned session.

Poster Display

  • Poster presentation sessions take place in the Student Union Building Ballroom.
  • Presenters should arrive during their assigned poster set-up time. This will allow ample time to find their assigned location and hang their posters.
  • Each presenter is provided with a 4' x 4' section on one side of a freestanding fabric display board and pins with which they can attach the poster to the board.
  • Posters should be readable from at least three feet away.
  • Posters should be taken down during the assigned poster take-down period.
  • Convenient places on campus for printing posters below:

Oral Presentations

Presenters will speak or read (for those presenting a paper) in front of a seated audience. Oral presentations are eight minutes in length with two additional minutes allotted to each presenter for questions from the audience. This schedule is strictly enforced by session moderators.

Presenters should arrive at their presentation room at least fifteen minutes prior to the start of their session (not their individual talk) to receive further instruction from the panel moderator and make sure their slides look right on the screen.

Presentation room technology 

Presenters will be required to submit their slides ahead of time to true@ttu.edu that way the moderator can have their slides ready during the transition between each presentation. The slide submission due date will be communicated to presenters via email following abstract review and acceptance processes. It is strongly recommended that presenters bring a backup of their digital presentation materials just in case of technical dificulties.

Oral presentations are held in technology-enabled rooms. All presentation rooms contain the following:

  • Laptop computer
  • LCD projector and large screen

We cannot provide any additional equipment at the conference. Please review the above information and confirmation emails carefully to verify the audio/visual equipment supplied.

If there are any technical difficulties during the presentation, please inform the moderator who will contact technical support.

Professional Courtesy

TrUE offers an opportunity for participants to observe, learn, and practice professional etiquette common to all disciplines. All oral presenters should remain in the room until all presentations in their sessions are complete. The other presentations may offer new insights, and all presenters deserve the same audience and respect. Spectators to sessions should enter and exit session rooms between (not during) presentations.

Visual & Performing Arts

All 2022 visual and performing arts exhibitions will take place as part of the First Friday Art Trail on Friday, April 1, 2022.

Performing Arts Exhibition

Dance, music, and theatre presentations are approximately twenty minutes in length, consisting of fifteen minutes of performance, followed immediately by five minutes of question and answer. Students will be performing on a elevated stage in front of a seated or standing audience.

Visual Art Exhibition

All visual art collected for exhibition during the TTU URC will be displayed at the First Friday Art Trail. Visual art is monitored to ensure the safety of the work. Artists are encouraged to be present in the room to answer questions and engage with the URC audience.

Please note: artists are also encouraged to submit an abstract to present in the poster or oral presentation format if a more formal presentation regarding their work is desired. Presentation in the poster/oral format does not affect eligibility to display art during the visual art exhibition at the First Friday Art Trail.

Abstract Guidelines

  • Only the primary presenter needs to submit an abstract, and only one abstract should be submitted for each presentation. (Don't forget that you will need to register for the conference INDIVIDUALLY, once accepted to present.)
  • All formatting and special characters (e.g., scientific symbols) will not be processed by the form. Your abstract text should be in plain text format.
  • There is no minimum size for an abstract, but the main text, which should NOT include author and title information, may be no longer than 2000 characters.
  • Abstracts longer than 2000 characters will not be accepted.
  • The author information will be entered on a separate part of the registration form. Do not add as part of the abstract.
  • Communication regarding your abstract submission will be from true@ttu.edu.

Additional Considerations 

  • Abstracts should state, in clear terms, the central research question and the purpose of the research.
  • Abstracts should provide a brief discussion of the research methodology.
  • Abstracts should state conclusions, either final or anticipated.
  • Abstracts should be well organized.
  • The abstract could appear in the program exactly as you submit it, so check your spelling, grammar, and punctuation carefully.
  • Abstracts should be reviewed by faculty mentor for editing and verification before submission.
  • Faculty Mentor review/support will be confirmed through a validation process.
  • Abstracts that do not receive Faculty Mentor support will not be accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: ABSTRACTS ARE CONSIDERED FINAL UPON SUBMISSION. PROOFREAD YOUR ABSTRACT CAREFULLY.

Oral presentations are held in technology-enabled rooms. All presentation rooms contain the following:

  • Laptop computer
  • LCD projector and large screen

We cannot provide any additional equipment at the conference. Please review the above information and confirmation emails carefully to verify the audio/visual equipment supplied.

If there are any technical difficulties during the presentation, please inform the moderator who will contact technical support.

Professional Courtesy

TrUE offers an opportunity for participants to observe, learn, and practice professional etiquette common to all disciplines. All oral presenters should remain in the room until all presentations in their sessions are complete. The other presentations may offer new insights, and all presenters deserve the same audience and respect. Spectators to sessions should enter and exit session rooms between (not during) presentations.

Sample Abstract

Abstract Title: Of Squirrels and Men: A Story of Platelet Storage

Name of Author(s): Bailee Sliker, Scott Cooper

Abstract: Platelets are routinely used in transfusions, yet they cannot be stored in a refrigerator or else they will be cleared rapidly when re-injected into a patient. The objective of this experiment is to see if platelets from ground squirrels are resistant to cold storage, and thus could serve as a model to develop methods to store human platelets in the cold. To test this we will fluorescently label platelets from humans and ground squirrels, store them at 4C and 37C for up to 48 hours, and measure their uptake by cultured human liver cells. Previous research has shown that human platelets stored at 4C are rapidly taken up and we predict that ground squirrel platelets stored at 4C will be resistant to this cold storage.

Evaluation Criteria & Rubric

Because the URC is an interdisciplinary conference focused on supporting students in relating their work to the broader academic community, presenters should be prepared to discuss their work with a diverse audience. In alignment with the broader mission of the Discoveries to Impact Week, our presentation awards focus on recognizing students that most effectively articulate how they are making an impact through their work.

2022 Reviewer Rubic