Darwin Day poster session

Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium

The Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium is a forum that showcases and rewards outstanding student scholarship and research by students in the College of Science and Mathematics. The Symposium provides a venue for sharing research with the academic community, peers and the greater community through poster displays as well as oral and multimedia presentations. The next symposium will be held on April 23, 2022.

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Open to all undergraduate and graduate students, the Symposium aims to promote interdisciplinary research and collaboration in the hope of instilling in our students the importance of exploring issues from multiple perspectives. Similar presentations will be grouped together in regards to their theme rather than discipline or college derivation.

Abstract Categories

  • Oral presentation: Participants will be grouped into a panel of similarly-themed papers. Each presenter will have five minutes to present a paper or to summarize a project and its primary conclusions, and five minutes for question and answer. Equipment for PowerPoint projection will be available.
  • Multimedia presentation: Multimedia will be incorporated into the oral presentation sessions. Participants may make their presentations partially or completely using film, video, digital slides and/or other media, but the project’s goals and objectives must be clearly specified within the presentation. Technical requirements (including internet access and equipment) must be stated in the abstract proposal. Like the oral presentations, these are not to exceed ten minutes, five minutes for the presentation followed by a five minute period for questions and answers.
  • Poster: Participants will prepare a single poster that summarizes the overall project through its research questions, methods and conclusions. During the session, authors will be required to be available at their poster to answer questions and explain their project to audience members. Projects where the major points are evident through charts and graphs are best suited to this format. The poster should not require any audiovisual support. View the Poster Guidelines and Requirements on the ADP website for information on sizing and printing. Please check with your advisor before going to ADP for printing to see if your department has capability to print, if available, you won’t have to pay for your poster to be printed! See the video below for tips on making and presenting your poster.


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Scott Kight

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Instruction, College of Science and Mathematics

Center for Environmental & Life Sciences, 206C