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Info for Presenters

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  • Abstract content and format can vary between disciplines. The best source of support as you prepare your abstract is your faculty mentor! Remember, they will have to approve the abstract for it to be accepted to the Conference.
  • Only one presenter will be allowed per abstract. Multiple presenters from the same project are allowed (actually encouraged!), but each student must submit a separate abstract.
  • 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.
  • The author information will be entered on a separate part of the registration form. Do not add as part of the abstract.
  • The abstract submission form is timed (45 mins). We strongly encourage applicants to compose their abstracts beforehand to ensure they have ample time to complete and review them before submitting.
  • Be sure to review our Impact Area and Commercialization review rubrics before you prepare your submission! You will need to select an appropriate Impact Area and indicate if you would like to compete for the new Outstanding Commercialization Award when you complete your submission form.

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Impact Areas

The TTU URC is an interdisciplinary conference at its heart. Work from all disciplines is welcome, and we recruit reviewers from across the Texas Tech community. This means that presenters often engage with reviewers and attendees from disciplines far outside their own. To facilitate meaningful interactions and ensure that reviewers are positioned to still offer helpful feedback, we have adopted an impact area framework.

Presenters should prepare to present their work to a lay audience with a focus on articulating how they are making an impact through their project. It is up to each presenter to frame "impact" in the most compelling way. We often see students describing how their work is making a cultural or societal impact. There may be opportunities to commercialize components of a research project and transition to a profitable business. It can also be as simple as making a case for how a project is making an impact on the state of knowledge in a particular academic field.

In recognition of our impact area framework, presenters are asked to select an appropriate category from the following list for their project:

  • Agriculture
  • Creativity & Culture
  • Economy
  • Education
  • Energy & Environment
  • Healthcare
  • Safety
  • Social Constructs
  • Technology
  • Well Being

It is important to be thoughtful in selecting an impact area because our LEDA Outstanding Presenter Awards are selected from these pools. We expect to award financial prizes for first, second, and third places in each of the above impact areas.

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Poster Guidelines

Poster presentations are printed 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.

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Poster Display

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LEDA Outstanding Commercialization Poster Award

In collaboration with the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance (LEDA), we are excited to announce a new award category for the 2024 TTU URC: the LEDA Outstanding Commercialization Award. Research projects where the team has paid specific attention to opportunities for commericialization are invited to opt into a second round of reviewing. Commercialization reviewers will ask students to discuss how their work has the potential to evolve into a profitable business venture. We encourage interested students and faculty mentors to review the rubric linked below.

Commercialization Award Review Rubric

Info Session Recording

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Conflicts with Religious Holidays

If the Undergraduate Research Conference falls on a religious holiday (e.g. Eid ul Fitr), impacted students are invited to contact us to arrange an alternative opportunity to present their project poster.

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