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Virtual Spring 2021 Undergraduate Research Exhibition

Deadline to Register and Submit All Materials: April 8, 2021

Undergraduate Research ExhibitionThe Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) will host a Virtual Undergraduate Research Exhibition starting Wednesday, April 21st. Students from all four campuses who completed research projects in the past academic year or who are currently engaged in remote research are encouraged to participate in the Virtual Exhibition, which provides students from all majors and academic disciplines an opportunity to showcase original research, scholarly projects, and creative works to the college-wide EFSC community.

Students can use this experience to build a professional portfolio and to enhance public speaking skills, and may submit research at any stage — beginning, middle, or completed. Undergraduate research includes projects in which students and at least one faculty or staff mentor are collaborative partners in examining, creating, and sharing new knowledge or works in ways consistent with practices in the discipline.

The Virtual Undergraduate Research Exhibition is a variation of our biannual, in-person event, necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of students coming to campus to display their research posters and give presentations, the EFSC community and the general public will be able to view students' posters and presentations on the college website beginning Wednesday, April 21st.

Registration Information

To register, EFSC students must submit the online registration form and all supporting materials by Thursday, April 8th. The form should include the presenter(s), research mentor(s), and presentation information, along with an abstract OR artistic statement (see the guidelines below). Group and individual presenters are welcome to participate in the exhibition. Please only submit one form per presentation.

      • Abstract Guidelines: Abstract format varies by discipline. Students are encouraged to find abstract examples in the discipline of their research to convey information to viewers. The project abstract should include information that clearly describes the research question or problem, why the research is important, how the research was performed, results, and conclusions. The abstract should be a short, concise summary of the research and should not exceed 250 words.

      • Artistic Statement Guidelines: An artist statement should provide information to help viewers understand the significance of the artistic work on display in your video. Students are encouraged to share an introduction, artistic influences, inspiration, and the theme of the creative project. The artistic statement reflects a personal interpretation of the results of engaging in a creative works research project and should not exceed 250 words.

Once the online registration form has been submitted, students will be contacted automatically via email with instructions on how to submit their research posters, videos, and release forms to the OUR. All materials must be received by the Thursday, April 8, midnight deadline.

If you have any questions, please contact OUR Coordinator Mary Garrett at

Submission Requirements

Research Posters

Students are encouraged to design research posters to convey the importance of their research projects. Posters should clearly state a project tile, background information, research materials and methods, results, and conclusions. Literature citations and acknowledgments should be added where appropriate.

Students should create a research poster in Microsoft PowerPoint and save the file as a PDF or JPG. Files must be less than 10MB in size.

Need help getting started? Check out this handy OUR Poster Design LibGuide.

Creative Works/Artwork

Students in art, dance, digital media, drawing, film, graphic arts, music, painting, sculpture, and theatre are encouraged to display the final product of their scholarly creative work. Students should share the inspiration, background/history, and methods that led to the final product.

Students may use photos to create a visual presentation in PowerPoint, or stage a gallery presentation while giving a summary of their research in a video format.

Research Summary Video

Students are encouraged to use video tools, such as Powtoon animation software and PowerPoint voiceover narration, to produce a quality video. Students should write a video script that includes their name, the title of the project, the research mentor's name, and an explanation of the research and their findings.

All Videos Must Be:
  • Up to 10 minutes in length
  • Filmed in landscape (horizontally)
  • Recorded in a location with good lighting and minimal clutter (unless you're showing PowerPoint slides)
  • Recorded in a location with minimal background noise (we must be able to hear you speaking loudly and clearly; this prevents content errors when the videos are captioned)
  • No larger than 1 GB
  • In an .mp4 or .mov format

Sample Research Submission

Autumn Seigel
Fluorescence and Absorbance Profile of Anthocyanins in Single- and Double-Bloom Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Cultivars in the UV Wavelength Region

Student Researcher: Autumn Seigel
Mentors: George Kenney and Amanda Newton

Undergraduate Research Poster Example
Click to enlarge poster.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is an ornamental species which presents in single- or double-blooming cultivars in a range of colors. In double-bloom cultivars, the flower's stamens are partially reduced and formed into petaloids in the flower development stages due to the interplay of anthocyanin pigment, sugars, and the plant's genetic makeup. In this study, petals from pink to red cultivars from both single- and double-bloom cultivars were cut into sections and their extracts were analyzed for absorbance and fluorescence. Results indicated that hibiscus absorb in three distinct bands: two which can be attributed to anthocyanin pigments, with additional band between 315 to 355 nanometers. Flower extracts in the series exhibit natural fluorescence at low levels with variable results, but some evidence supporting the idea that the formation of petaloids results in a shorter or missing stamen and less or no fluorescence on this part . Samples from the two pink flowers exhibited more wavelength shifting than the reds. Further studies with more varieties of red to pink hibiscus, as well as strict controls for pigment extractions ratios are indicated.