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Information for URSA Presenters  


›› When and where is URSA 2021 happening?

Due to the pandemic, URSA 2021 will be held virtually. Student projects will be displayed online in the Desire2Learn (D2L) environment, from Monday, April 12 to Friday, April 23.

›› 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 2021 Schedule page of this website, as well as on the URSA D2L site.

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

Posters will be displayed as pdf files on D2L (see below for more information about how to prepare your URSA poster).  Students who wish to deliver an oral presentation may video record their talk (10 minutes max.).

*NOTE* in order to follow CDC guidelines regarding social distancing, students will not be permitted to create video oral presentations as part of a group.  Groups of up to four (4) students may, however, collaborate on posters.

›› How do I get my poster/video files onto D2L?

The URSA Coordinator will contact all participants with instructions about uploading files.

›› 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
Download Zoom
Panopto Express
›› How do I video record my oral presentation?

Your 10-minute oral presentation can be recorded in a number of ways and can include a PowerPoint presentation, if you wish. We recommend the following:

  • Zoom
    Click here for detailed instructions on how to record with Zoom.
    (document courtesy of Online & Academic Technology Services, College of Arts & Sciences at University of Oklahoma)
  • Panopto Express
    Panopto Express is free online video recording software that also offers users editing tools.  (Note: you'll need to create a free Panopto basic account).
    Click here for detailed instructions on recording with Panopto Express.
    Click here for information about how to use Panopto's video editor.

Tip: Avoid using your phone to record your video if at all possible; you will get much better results if you use the webcam on a laptop or desktop computer. (If you have to use your phone, make sure you record in landscape—i.e., horizontal—orientation).

Video file requirements
Your video file must be in one of the following file formats: SWF, MPG, MPEG, RM, MP3, MP4, M4V, M4A, AVI, WAV, RAM, ASF, MOV, or RA.

Important note: due to D2L limitations, we are not able to accept PowerPoint presentations with embedded audio.

›› How do I create an effective video presentation?

There are a number of things you can do to improve the overall quality of your presentation.

  • Create effective PowerPoint slides: check out "How to Make a Good PowerPoint Presentation" (video courtesy of the Undergraduate Research Center, UC Davis).
  • Practice your presentation at least a few times before you record it.
  • Look up the pronunciation of any difficult or unfamiliar words so that you won't stumble over them.
  • Choose a quiet, well-lit space for your recording.
  • Avoid backlighting (i.e., a lamp, a window, etc.).
  • Dress for the occasion (think business casual); this will ensure that your viewers take you seriously.
  • Speak clearly and at a moderate pace: don't rush through your presentation.
  • As much as possible, engage your viewers: look into the camera and speak with expression.
  • Review your video when you have finished.  If you've made mistakes or you're unhappy with the final product, be prepared to re-record it.
Presentation Screenshot
Screenshot of an oral presentation recorded with Zoom