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Preparing for the Student Scholar Symposium

The following resources provide useful advice in preparing your research for the Student Scholars Symposium.

Types of Presentations

Most student presentations at the UWF Student Scholars Symposium typically fall into one of two types: an Oral Presentation or a Poster Presentation. Both of these sessions are open to any student or faculty member. There are, however, other types of presentations that are included in the Symposium. For example, some classes may have a special session only for students enrolled in that course to present their projects. Unless otherwise noted, all sessions will be held in person and are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2024. Students should consult with their faculty mentor when selecting the appropriate presentation type.

For presentation-type details, review the following resources:

If you are interested in the HIP Showcase, review the following: 

Symposium Presenter's Q & A Sessions

Be on the lookout for optional Symposium Presenter's Q & A Sessions! OUR will be available to answer your questions about the event and how to prepare your presentation. Visit the OUR Team via Zoom during one of the upcoming Symposium Presenters sessions. Registration Required. Welcome to everyone interested.  

Preparing Your Poster Presentation

Use the following resources to help prepare your poster presentation, including the drop-down section below:

Much like an abstract, your poster summarizes your research or creative project. Posters should be visually engaging and academically sound. Your poster may include charts, tables, figures, footnotes, references, and other supporting information. Review these summaries to get started:

The following templates are available for use when designing your poster. This poster follows all UWF branding guidelines and is provided by Institutional Communications.

Review the Poster Design: Tips for Creating a Successful Poster page from the University of West Florida Library.

  • The typical poster size is 48 inches wide by 36 inches high
  • If your project was funded by the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR), you must include the OUR Logo Horizontal on your poster
  • Be sure to use high-resolution images to avoid problems with printing
  • Save your project as a PDF for printing
  • Double-check for spelling or other errors

The University Commons Printing Services office can print your poster.  It is strongly recommended printing requests are submitted at least 2 weeks before the Student Scholar Symposium to allow for adequate production time. 

Posters will be displayed on standing panels, and OUR will provide the hardware to hang the posters. Poster presenters can begin setting up their displays five to ten minutes before their scheduled presentation time.


*Stay updated with the latest Symposium announcements, presenter guides, instructions, how to volunteer for the event, and so much more by following the UWF Symposium Info Site.