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Poster Presentations

All symposium participants present their research with a poster. Posters can be printed or assembled, and should be approximately four feet wide by three feet tall and readable from at least three feet away.  The presentation title must be at least two inches high, and the name(s) of the student author(s), faculty advisor, any co-authors, and departmental and institutional affiliations must be on the poster as well. CAURS reserves the right to cancel a presenter's poster presentation if the above requirements are not met. Presenters must be available to discuss their displays during their assigned poster session. 

Oral Presentations

A number of participants who indicate interest in giving an oral presentation at the Symposium on their registration forms will be invited to do so. Oral presentations are 10 minutes in length with an 2 additional minutes for a question-and-answer period.

Due to space limitations, only a limited number of students who request to give oral presentations will be invited to do so. Talks will be chosen primarily based on the quality of the abstract and research; however abstracts will be selected to reflect the diversity of disciplines at the Symposium and will highlight work from each participating institution.

Roundtable Discussions and Networking Session

In addition to poster sessions and oral talks, CAURS also features a dedicated time for poster-viewing (without judging), informal roundtable discussions, and networking. The poster-viewing time gives students the opportunity to relax from the day's events and to network with other undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. The roundtable discussions feature numerous representatives from sponsor schools' career services offices, professional societies, and industry; while the networking session features admissions representatives from various graduate and professional school programs and representatives from our corporate sponsors.

If your organization is interested in setting up a table to meet with and recruit students at the roundtables or networking session, please contact our Networking and Roundtables Chair, Saad Khan.

Student Observers

Students who are not presenting at CAURS but are interested in attending and observing the poster and oral presentations at the Symposium are encouraged to do so. Being a student observer gives those who are unable to present but are interested in academic research or the Symposium the opportunity to experience CAURS and to discover the wide breath and depth of research being conducted by their peers. In addition to exploring the work of other undergraduates in Chicago, student observers at CAURS will also have the opportunity to participate in the roundtable discussions and networking session with industry and graduate and professional school recruiters. Students interested in observing research at CAURS should register as Student Observers.