Spring Student Research Celebration

Thursday, May 05 9:30am-4:30pm


Spring 2022 Program and Presentation Abstracts


Graduate & undergraduate students from all academic disciplines are invited to present their research and creative projects to the MSU community.

Submit your abtract by Sunday, March 27!



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Registration Information

  • The Student Research Celebration event is open to graduate and undergraduate students from all academic disciplines who wish to present their research and creative projects to the MSU community.
  • Students must register in advance through the electronic abstract submission form by the posted deadline.
  • Please be sure to fill out all parts of the abstract submission form completely – you will not be able to access the form for revision once it has been submitted.
  • Please proofread abstracts carefully - submissions will be screened for quality and professionalism before being considered for inclusion in the conference program. If you have questions about how to write an abstract, please view our tips for writing abstracts page.
  • The event will be primarily a poster session format – MSU student and academic groups may apply to host flexible format special topics sessions if they wish.  See section above for due dates and application guidelines.
  • Please be sure to note any special considerations for your presentation in the online abstract submission (i.e. access to power, ability to hang framed artwork, etc.) – we will do our best to accommodate special requests if we are notified early enough in advance to do so.
  • Other questions? Please refer to our FAQ section, or contact the Program Coordinator at 994-3561 or [email protected].  

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Information for Presenters

Poster Sessions

Session 1:    9:00-9:30AM setup time

                      9:30AM-12:30PM presentation time

Session 2:    1:00-1:30PM setup time

                      1:30-4:30pm presentation time

Sponsor Logos

MT Space Grant Consortium, INBRE, USP Horizontal-Color, USP Horizontal-BW, USP Vertical-Color, USP Vertical-BW, TRiO 

Poster Dimensions Posters will be secured to poster boards that are 4ft wide and 6ft tall, so posters should not exceed those dimensions. A standard poster size is 4ft x 3ft. 
Presentation Format

Students should come prepared with a quick elevator pitch about their project and be ready to field questions from visitors.

Poster Printing Resources

Students can use UPrint on MSU's campus. 

Other local resources that have been recommended by other students are FedEx and Selby's. 

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I am presenting as part of a group project - how should we submit our abstract?

The rule of thumb is one abstract per poster. If you and your group members are collaborating on a single poster to present together, then submit a single abstract (note - you can acknowledge multiple presenters on a single abstract submission). If you are each preparing posters separately, but wish to present side-by-side, please submit a separate abstract for each poster and include a note on the abstract submission form requesting placement next to your other group members.

What are the guidelines for writing abstracts?

Abstracts should provide a concise (200 words or less) overview of the major aspects of your project, including the purpose/significance of the project, hypothesis/research questions, methods/creative techniques, and any results/conclusions obtained to date. Please visit our tips for writing abstracts page for more details.

How will I know whether my abstract has been accepted?

In most cases, USP does not “reject” abstracts unless they are very poorly written or outline a poorly defined project. We may request revisions or clarifications, however, especially in cases where minor editing errors are identified or formatting is compromised by the web security system.

USP will be in email communication with students to keep them apprised of the review process (as the review schedule varies a little bit from year to year), but in general, USP conducts initial abstracts processing during the week of spring break. Students will be notified if revisions or clarifications are requested. Please be sure to keep an eye on your email in the weeks leading up to the conference, and respond to requests for revisions in a timely manner. We have a tight timeline in which to compile and edit the program before it goes to print, so your attention and quick responses are greatly appreciated!

Why do I need to upload a PDF copy of my abstract to the online submission form?

Non-alpha-numeric characters and formatting are often removed when the abstracts pass through the campus web-security system. USP relies on the correctly formatted PDF copies for reference when editing and replacing the lost formatting for the printed program.

What is the presentation format?

The presentation format is primarily poster session. Students that want to include video must contact [email protected] to coordinate. 

Presenters will have an avatar that can move and interact in the Mozilla Hubs space. Students will ‘stand’, or position their avatars, next to their posters and wait for people to approach them. Students should come prepared with a quick 'elevator pitch' describing their research project and outcomes and anticipate Q&A with faculty, student, and community attendees.

Can the event accommodate framed art work or electronic media (for example, film clips or audio-visual)?

Yes – as long as students give advance notice via the online abstract submission form. Please be sure to note any formatting requests at the time of abstract submission so we can plan accordingly with regard to poster assignments, floor plan, etc.

Please be aware that USP does NOT have access to screens and computer equipment for students to borrow (you will need to bring whatever equipment you might need on conference day – i.e. laptop, screen, etc.), but we will be sure to assign you a space near a power outlet and can provide extension cords, power-bars, and a table on which to arrange your equipment. For students bringing framed art work, we will provide room dividers with wooden slats/tea-hooks that run across the top (similar to those provided at the annual “Upheaval” arts show).

May I bring in materials from my project (for example, models, equipment, sculpture, etc.)?

Yes – as long as you give us advance notice via the online abstract submission form. Please note on the form whether you might need a table to arrange your materials on, access to power, and/or or a space that can accommodate large items (i.e. sculptures, robots, etc.) so we can plan accordingly for poster assignments and floor plan.

May I present on work-in-progress for this event?

Yes. It is not uncommon for students to be analyzing data and synthesizing results up through the end of the semester, and/or to be working on a particular phase of a longer-term project that spans multiple semesters, so you are welcome to present on “progress to date” at the Research Celebration.

Where can I get my poster printed?

We recommend checking first with your mentor or department to find out whether they have access to printing equipment, and if so, how to go about making an appointment. Department printers typically print for cost. Another option is University Printing Services. They do great work, and tend to be less expensive than off-campus vendors (although if you know of a reasonably priced off-campus vendor, by all means find the best deal you can!). Whichever option you decide on, be sure to make an appointment in advance – the printers will be very busy leading up to the event, and may not be able to accommodate walk-in requests.

You can also craft a suitable poster without the help of a professional printer. Please see the “Poster Session Guidelines” in the Presenter Information section for more details.

Does USP have funds available for poster printing?

Unfortunately, no. Students may check to see if there is a printing budget available through their mentor or research sponsor, but if not, will need to budget for the expense personally. Alternatively, students can craft a poster without the help of a professional poster by matting and arranging individual power point slides on their poster space. Please see the “Poster Session Guidelines” in the Presenter Information section for more suggestions and details.

What if I cannot attend for the entire session?

Since the format is primarily poster session, students can come and go if they need to attend class. USP asks that presenters be there as much as possible during their scheduled session time, but does not expect students to miss class. If you cannot be there during the set-up or clean-up times please make arrangements with a friend, mentor, or colleague to set-up or take-down your poster for you.

What if I need to re-schedule my presentation?

Please let the USP office know as soon as possible. Please be aware that once poster assignments have been finalized it is very difficult to re-schedule, and depending on how full the other session is, we may or may not be able to accommodate your request. Please give the USP as much advance notice as possible, and we will do our best to work with you.

What is the dress code for the event?

There is not a formal dress code, but we appreciate students dressing at least “business casual.” In most cases, presenters wear slacks, khaki pants, or skirts and button-down shirts or sweaters. More formal wear (blazers, ties, etc.) are welcome, but not required. For the most part, the audience will be comprised of campus members (faculty, students, staff, and administrators), but we do invite local business leaders (read – potential employers!) as well as local and state officials (for example, mayor, commissioners, governor, etc.), so it never hurts to err on the side of professionalism in your attire!

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