Present your research

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Here are tips and resources to help you effectively present your research and creative activities. All of our funded students participate in a research symposium and may have an oral presentation as a component of their funding. 


Design a poster

Poster preparation tips

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  • Work closely with your mentor in the early stages of designing your poster
  • Attend all the workshops offered
  • Practice talking about your poster to your peers and others who don’t have a background in your area of study
  • Plan your printing with plenty of time before your event—printers tend to be very busy around midterms and at the end of semesters
  • If you haven’t used poster design software before, you can get free online training for most software through the University’s LinkedIn Learning account

Guidelines for posters for Wolf Pack Discoveries symposium

View the Wolf Pack Discoveries event page for poster guidelines.

Campus resources for posters

The Knowledge Center has great resources for creating posters, including a University poster template. You can also get your posters printed at @One on the first floor of the Knowledge Center.

View the Knowledge Center resources.

Additional poster resources


Prepare an oral presentation

Presentation preparation tips

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  • Consider what your audience expects to learn from your presentation and make sure your material fits their needs.
  • Be consistent with your slides (font sizes, colors…etc).
  • If you’re presenting, keep the slides simple and easy-to-read so that your audience isn’t distracted while listening to you.
  • If your presentation is for the web, provide enough context to communicate your research.
  • Make sure your diagrams, images and text are readable from the distance that your audience will view them from.
  • You can book the P3 Room in @One (in the Knowledge Center) to film yourself while practicing your presentation
  • Check out some of the Graduate School Three Minute Thesis Competition videos for examples of great oral presentations