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Present and Publish
Presenting your research is a key component to sharing your work. Presenting at the undergraduate level strengthens your communication skills and requires you to assess and practice your messaging. The Office of Undergraduate Research offers support for on-campus, statewide, and national presentation opportunities.
Publishing your work is one of the final steps in conducting your research. Publishing allows you to preserve your work and share your findings with a broader academic community. The Office of Undergraduate Research offers tips on where you can publish your research.
Designing a Poster
Resources at WVU
We've gathered resources on how to create an effective research poster, where to print out your poster, how to prepare for an oral presentation, as well as other resources (e.g., how to write a professional email, keep a lab notebook, get the most from meeting attendance).
Creating an Effective Research Poster (by Dr. Michelle Richards-Babb)
- Poster Printing: available at Multimedia Services at WVU Downtown Campus Library (lower level), Evansdale Library and Health Sciences Library, and various WVU Colleges/Departments; use some type of presentation software (e.g., PowerPoint or Publisher) to prepare poster; typical printing cost is less than $20.
WVU Specific PowerPoint Template (page down to PowerPoint Templates)
- WVU SpeakWrite (provides resources on how to write in science, math, social science, humanities, and other disciplines, as well as, proofreading tips and reading research papers)
- Designing Effective Posters (by Fred Stoss, subject librarian, University of Buffalo)
- Designing Conference Posters (by Colin Purrington)
- Humanities Poster Tips (from New York University)
- Creating Effective Poster Presentations (by George Hess, Kathryn Tosney, & Leon Liegel, North Carolina State University)
- Creating and Presenting a Dynamic Poster Presentation Slides and accompanying video (NIH Videocasting and Podcasting)
- Humanities Commons (go to this website and put the word "posters" in the search box to see examples of humanities posters)
- Talking Science: Designing and Delivering Successful Oral Presentations (NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education)
- TEDx Speaker Guide (for oral presentations, you might want to follow the same conventions used for TED talks)
- Giving Science Talks (by Colin Purrington)
- Using PowerPoint Effectively in a Presentation (Hamilton College)
- How to Convert Your Paper into a Presentation (Duke University)
- Comparing and Contrasting in Writing (If your writing task involves comparing and contrasting Theory X and Theory Y, take a look at this short video to help you decide how to organize the comparison.)
- Proofreading (link to Scribendi & How proof reading can drastically improve your writing)
- How to Write an Effective email (NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education)
Keeping a Lab Notebook (NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education)
NIH Office of Intramural Resources for Undergraduates (other resources)
- Reading a Scientific Article slides (NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education)
- Your First Scientific Meeting: Making the Most of Attending slides (NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education)
- Registry of Undergraduate Researchers (Hosted by the Council on Undergraduate Research. Facilitates matchmaking between undergraduates with research experience and graduate schools seeking students prepared for research. Registration is free for undergraduates.)