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Information for URSA Presenters  



›› When and where is URSA 2020 happening?

**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 and log in using your Benedictine credentials. Under "My Courses," select "Ongoing," then click on the link for "Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Arts."

›› How will I know what projects are being presented at URSA?

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.

›› How can I present my poster/oral presentation online?

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.

›› How do I get my poster/video files onto D2L? When should I have this done by?

The URSA Coordinator will contact all participants with instructions about uploading files. The final deadline for uploading these materials will be Friday, April 17.



›› Are there any requirements that posters need to follow?

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:

  • consist of typed material and/or images glued on to poster board
  • are handwritten, even in part

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.

Poster Examples
›› What guidelines should I follow in designing my poster?

Your poster should also adhere to these basic design principles:

  • aim for clarity, both in terms of content and layout
  • ensure that your text is large enough to be read when viewed on a computer screen
  • use a neutral color (preferably white) as the background color for your poster
  • limit the number of different colors and fonts you use
  • include your name(s) and institutional affiliation (department; Benedictine University)
  • employ graphs, charts and illustrations where appropriate

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.

Sample Poster