Disseminating Your Research: Share, Learn, & Connect

You may be in the process or have just finished the grand task of compiling your research or creative work into a final product, such as a manuscript, book, report, or artistic medium. What more can you do with your new knowledge? Sharing your research with both the broader community and professionals within your field is arguably one of the most rewarding aspects of undergraduate research. Doing so allows you to network, enhance your resume, share what you’ve learned, develop your own understanding of your work, and experience the real-world application of your studies.

Students have opportunities to present their research at various types of conferences or symposiums, locally, nationally, and internationally! All types of conferences will allow you to present your research to others and experience the benefits of participation.

If you wish to present your work, there’s definitely a conference for you out there! OSU’s Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence (CUE) and the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium are two campus-wide opportunities at OSU. The events are held each year in May and September, and aim to showcase undergraduate research in all academic disciplines.

You do not have to be the primary author or have worked on your research for a significant amount of time to be able to present. If you are interested in presenting your research, talking to your research mentor or advisor about conferences within your field is a good place to start. Second, reach out to the Undergraduate Research Ambassadors in the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and the Arts (URSA) during our advising hours or refer to this web resource that outlines potential conferences within your field as well as those geared for undergraduate students both locally and nationally at:

http://undergraduate.oregonstate.edu/research/presentation-opportunities/conferences-outside-osu

Once you’ve found a conference to present your work at, you can apply to present. This may include submitting an abstract or sample of your work and a completed form to the indicated conference coordinators. Refer to the conference website for important submission requirements, deadlines, contact information, and additional conference resources. Be sure to communicate with your faculty mentor to make sure this conference is appropriate for your project and that you will be able to meet all submission requirements by the deadline.

The Office of URSA is here to provide you with support throughout your undergraduate research endeavors, we now offer virtual advising hours!

  • Summer term advising hours will be hosted virtually via Zoom on Mondays and Tuesdays from 1-3 PM starting July 6th. Please visit tinyurl.com/URSAZoom during those times to speak with an ambassador!

We can help you with all parts of the presentation process!

There are generally 3 types of presentation formats:

  1. Poster Presentation
  2. Oral Presentation
  3. Lightning Talk