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**UPDATED** Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, URSA 2020 has been rescheduled. Student projects will be displayed online in the Desire2Learn (D2L) environment, starting on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.
To access the URSA D2L site:
Visit http://ben.desire2learn.com and log in using your Benedictine credentials. Under "My Courses," select "Ongoing," then click on the link for "Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Arts."
A complete list of projects, including titles, abstracts, and the names of student participants, will be made available on the URSA 2020 Schedule page of this website, as well as on the URSA D2L site.
For students who planned to participate in the poster session, it will be (mostly) business as usual. Posters will simply be displayed as pdf files on D2L, rather than being printed out.
Students who applied to give an oral presentation have two options. They are welcome to prepare a poster that summarizes the findings of their research; alternatively, they may choose to video record their oral presentation.
*NOTE* we strongly discourage students presenting as part of a group from selecting the video recording option, unless they can produce the video while also following CDC guidelines regarding social distancing.
The URSA Coordinator will contact all participants with instructions about uploading files. The final deadline for uploading these materials will be Friday, April 17.
Posters to be displayed at URSA 2020 are REQUIRED to meet professional research poster standards. This means that all URSA posters must be designed as one large sheet of paper (size: 36"x48"). Posters will NOT be accepted for display at URSA if they:
We recommend using PowerPoint to create a poster that can be printed, although it's also possible to do this by using programs like Publisher and Photoshop.
Your poster should also adhere to these basic design principles:
Using a PowerPoint research poster template can help you follow these guidelines. You can download a number of good templates here (be sure to download the 36x48 size).
Once you have finished designing your poster in PowerPoint, save it as a pdf file.