Events

Undergraduate Research

Fall 2022 Events

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Slice of HIP

Wednesday, October 5, 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

This session will focus on the Research Readiness Bootcamp.

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Friday, November 4, 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

This session will focus on the Undergraduate Research Conference

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Research Readiness Bootcamp

Fall Bootcamp: Saturday, October 15, 2022, 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
The agenda will include the following workshops designed to prepare you for the Undergraduate Research Conference:

  • Argument mapping
  • Abstract writing
  • Creating your poster
  • Presenting 101
  • File Creation for the virtual conference
  • Creating and enhancing your social media presence

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Spring Bootcamp: Saturday, February 4, 2023, 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

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 2023 Conference

Participating in research is a valuable experience and beneficial for students interested in becoming more marketable for their graduate school, medical school, or career path journey. The USF Undergraduate Research Conference celebrates and showcases the contributions that undergraduates make to research in a wide range of disciplines. This spring event provides professional development and supports the dissemination of knowledge by providing a unique space for students to share ideas and discoveries. We hope you will join us!

Each campus (Sarasota-Manatee, St. Petersburg, and Tampa) hosted a face-to-face Research show case in addition to the OneUSF virtual undergraduate research. Students have the option of presenting at both the virtual conference and the research showcase of their choice!

Modalities, Dates, and Locations

  • Sarasota Research Showcase: 2023 date and location TBA
  • St. Petersburg Research Showcase: 2023 date and location TBA
  • Tampa Research Showcase: Friday, April 7, 2023 - MSC Ballroom
  • OneUSF Virtual Undergraduate Research Conference: Thursday, April 13, 2023 - USF library Digital Commons Platform.

 Conference Timelines for 2023

Tampa in-Person Undergradaute Research Conference Showcase
Applications Open - February 17, 2023
Applications Close - March 3, 2023
Approval Letters Sent - March 10, 2023
Undergraduate Research Conference Showcase - April 7, 2023


OneUSF Virtual Undergraduate Research Conference
Applications Open - February 17, 2023
Applications Close - March 8, 2023
Approval Letters Sent - March 17, 2023
OneUSF Undergraduate Research Conference - April 13, 2023

Presentation Format Options

Whether presenting at an in-person showcase or the virtual conference, students have the following presentation options:

  • Poster Presentation (3-minute max)
  • Oral Presentation (5-minute max)
  • Creative/Performative Presentation (10-minute max)
Students can present on academic projects!

We recognize the availability of faculty mentors may be limited, and the experience of disseminating research in a conference setting is very valuable. Because of this, students are permitted to present posters on academic projects that were completed in their USF courses. If you are interested in presenting an academic project individually or with a group, you should do the following:

  1. Identify an academic paper or project that you successfully completed (this is demonstrated by you receiving a grade B or better on the project) and want to present.

  2. Contact the instructor who assigned this paper or project and ask them to sponsor you (this means they will review your poster and presentation and give you feedback to ensure a stellar presentation)

  3. Complete the conference application and indicate you are presenting an academic project/have a faculty sponsor.

  4. Once your application is accepted, transfer pertinent information onto a poster template, and meet with your faculty sponsor for pointers on what to include (and where to include it).

  5. Work on developing a concise presentation that meets the time allowed for the type of presentation chosen, present to your sponsor, incorporate their suggested feedback, and then follow the instructions required for the conference modality you have selected (in-person showcase or virtual conference).

The conference is a publicly advertised event. If you have security concerns related to your research, please contact us at ugs-hipur@usf.edu.

Virtual Research Conference Guidelines

  • Videos should not violate privacy, publicity, or intellectual property rights.
  • All included music or audio must be used legally.
  • Videos should be submitted as an .mp4, .mov file. or 3gp file.
  • Videos should not exceed the maximum time allotment based on your presentation format (3-minutes for posters, 5-minutes for oral presentations, 10-minutes for performative presentations).
  • Students must submit a properly formatted .srt file for closed captioning of their video. Learn how to create one in under 3 minutes by watching our video tutorial.
  • Students must submit a .jpg or .png of their poster (or a title page image for oral & performative presentations)
  • Students will need to upload a signed waiver when submitting presentations for the virtual conference. (A link will be posted when submissions are being accepted.)
  • Students should watch/listen to their presentation before submitting, to ensure audio quality
  • (Note: Posters do not need to be printed for the virtual conference, however students are responsible for printing their posters if presenting at the in-person research showcase).

In-person Research Conference Guidelines

  •  Students presenting at one of the in-person research showcases are responsible for their materials. Students must have their posters printed, and prepare their oral & performative presentations in advance.
  • Students should demonstrate professionalism during conference related events (business casual attire is encouraged).

Student Participation Guidelines

Participants are expected to engage with at least three fellow presenters by submitting comments and/or questions under virtual presentations, or visiting their posters, oral presentations, or creative/performative research at the in-person showcase.

Resources and Examples

For assistance in developing your research poster and presentation, and for poster templates, please view our Poster Creation page.

The 2022 Virtual Undergraduate Research Conference presentations can be found on the USF library Digital Commons.

Frequently Asked Questions

I applied to present; how will I know if I am approved?

Approval letters will be sent on March 17, 2023 from the Office of High Impact Practice & Undergraduate Research informing students of their application status. If you applied to the conference and do not receive a communication from our office on this date, please email ugs-hipur@usf.edu.

When are the conference documents due?

The last day to complete an application and submit files for the Tampa Showcase and the OneUSF Virtual conference is March 8, 2023.

What do I need to submit for the virtual conference?

Students must turn in the following for the 2023 virtual conference:

  • Your narrated presentation (This should be an .mp4, .mov, or .3gp file)
  • Your transcript file (This should be an .srt file). This tutorial video will guide you, in under 3 minutes, how to make one.
  • Your completed poster (This should be a .pdf)

Note: All submission documents should be labeled with the submitters last name, first initial, and file type (example: Doe, J. Poster, Doe, J. presentation, Doe, J. captions, etc.).

My submission files are too large to upload; what should I do?

If your documents exceed the 100mb file size email ugs-hipur@usf.edu.

If I am an approved presenter, do I need to RSVP?

Yes! You and all of your collaborators should register to attend the conference and related events (award ceremony, or research week events) on BullsConnect.

What is an academic sponsor? How does it differ from a mentor?

Students may to turn academic projects that were completed in their courses into poster presentations, when their course instructors agree to sponsor them in doing so. A faculty sponsor (the student's current or previous instructor) has the content knowledge and expertise necessary to guide the student in organizing their poster with the most relevant information, and should assist the student in making their brief 3-minute presentation as succinct as possible. A faculty mentor is typically someone who invites a student to support them in a research project, or who is advising a student in a formalized thesis or research project.

If I have a class scheduled, should I miss it to attend the conference?

If you have been invited to present at one of the research showcases, you should inform your class instructor right away to see if they can support you in this opportunity. If you will be presenting at the virtual #OneUSF conference, it will be 100% virtual and pre-recorded, and missing class will not be necessary.

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