Registration Requirements

Registration for the 2020 Student Research Conference opens shortly! All registration details can be found on this page.

The main things you need to register:

  • Abstract
  • Presentation Format
  • Title of your Presentation (limit 100 characters)
  • Abstract (300 word limit)
  • Time of Day you would Prefer (9-11, 11-1, 1-3, or 3-5)

Note about the SRC: The Student Research Conference is open to students across all disciplines and levels, both undergraduate and graduate.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a matriculated at the University of Vermont (undergraduate, post-bac, graduate, and medical students).
  • Must have a faculty mentor at the University of Vermont (if your mentor is outside UVM, please contact the SRC Coordinator).
  • Must be available for no less than one hour on the day of the conference (4/16/2020).

What if I am not finished with my research?

Research is never truly complete, so no one expects your project to be final and without lingering questions. Many students choose to present information about methodology, research questions and processes, as well as simply what they have THUS FAR. No matter what stage your research is in, you can successfully present your current materials. 

What is the difference between a co-presenter and a collaborator?

A co-presenter will be there with you, physically, the day of the conference. That is why when you fill out the registration form, you will have to provide specifics about your co-presenters. Collaborators are people on the project that you want to be referenced in your public presentation information on the SRC website. (Note: There are limits to the amount of information that goes into the printed materials, so please consider this when addressing who is a co-presenter and who is a collaborater. We can only publish the names of collaborators online, not in the print version.)

Who can present at the Student Research Conference?

Students at any level and across any discipline are encouraged to present at the SRC. Students in 200-level courses are allowed to submit their research projects to the SRC with the instructor's permission. Registration requires an abstract, information about the presenter, a UVM faculty sponsor, as well as timing and presentation format specifics.

What are the presentation formats?

  • Oral/Paper Presentations are 10 minute oral presentations given in a cohort of 4 presentations per hour. The Coordinator makes an effort to create commonality between presentations for the sessions that are not curated by faculty. The 4 presentations are advertized under a heading such as "Interdisciplinary Approaches to Health Care" or "Neuroscience" or "Global Histories of Immigration". After all 4 presentations, there are 20 minutes for moderated Q&A with all the presenters.
  • Poster Presentations are done in 4 sessions throughout the day. A student is assigned to one session and is expected to have a 24"x36" poster on a provided board and easel in the section of their "research category". Each session is 1.5 hours in which a student is expected to stand with their poster and answer questions for those in attendance.
  • Creative Presentations are up to the presenter to envision, but FOUR can help you with ideas. A presenter is alotted a space, a table, and any technology resources (within reason) the student requests. Examples of Creative Presentations: Virtual Reality Sandbox, Photography series, Set Design for a play, etc. If you are interested in this but unsure if it is the right format for you, please contact the coordinator directly.

What happens after I submit my registration?

Once you have submitted your registration, you are committed to present. No one is rejected and there is no acceptance sent besides the confirmation email post-registration. If you do not receive that confirmation through ScholarWorks, please check your spam folder and then contact the coordinator should there be none. There are a series of workshops and opportunities for professional development around the conference. Those events can be found here. On the calendar, you will also find information about deadlines for changes, schedule postings, etc.

What is an abstract and how do I write one?

Your Abstract

An "abstract" — a brief summary (no more than 200 words) of your project — is required for registration. You are expected to submit your abstract to your research mentor for review. Based on your mentor's feedback, you are expected to revise your abstract, if necessary.

Online Help

Please see the below PDFs for help on writing and/or editing your abstract:
PDF icon How to Write an Abstract 

PDF icon ​Writing an Abstract — graphical representation

PDF icon Abstract examples


Check the calendar for updates on abstract help hours. For more information, contact

Tips for Choosing a Presentation Format

Here are some personal testimonials of past presenters discussing their presentation preferences.

Poster Presentations:

  • "I chose this because I got to have a more one-on-one conversation with the person that approached my poster. I could then answer direct questions and have a conversation rather than feel like I was doing a lecture. Also it was less intimidating to have other people around because they were all nervous about presenting as much as I was. It gave me a chance to learn more about other people's research and to present my own in a more personal fashion." - Margie '18
  • "I have an easier way of explaining my project with my poster... (Yup, I put the whole mechanism on my poster). I could freely point to my data on the poster whenever I wanted, and I didn't have to remember the information since everything was on my poster. It took time to prepare the poster but it was worth it, and I reused the poster for other presentations as well." - Lorraine '18

Oral Presentations:

  • "While most would think that I chose an oral presentation because I was working in the humanities, it actually had to do more with my comfort zone. I knew how to put together a Prezi far better than a poster, but I also know that I'll be using the skills that come from presenting in that style more often. I loved presenting with a cohort of similar projects, to the point where we all took a photo together afterwards!" - Lily '16

Creative Presentations:

  • "[The] 'creative presentation' format inspired me to make something different and it was a lot of fun." Andy '17 (PhD)

This website says undergraduate research, can I still register here as a graduate student?

YES! While FOUR focuses on mainly on undergraduates, the SRC is for ALL UVM students.