Tips for Creating Your Presentation/Poster

STEM Career Exploration and Symposium

Symposium Preparation

The all-day symposium consists of presentations and poster sessions on various topics completed by undergraduate students on the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and Parkland College campuses during the summer.

Please check with your program to see if they have a specific template or other expectations.

Presenters must:

  1. Register by July 1, 2024 –
  2. Provide a topic title by July 15, 2024, at 9am. – Form Coming Soon
  3. Give an 8-10 minute PowerPoint presentation at the symposium or prepare a poster and attend during the poster sessions to explain your research.
  4. Prepare to answer questions about your research.
  5. Stay for the day and support your fellow student researchers.

Dr. Celia Elliots’ (Physics Professor) Resources on Scientific Writing

Ensuring Quality and Professionalism

  • Make sure your mentor reads and approves your abstract before it is submitted.
  • Do not submit your abstract late.
  • You may not change your abstract after the final submission online.

Poster Resources

Creating Scientific Posters – PDF

Poster printing resources (See your program lead for specific information on this)

Illinois Union Document Services

Beckman Print a Poster

Presentation Resources

Creating Scientific Presentations – PDF

Remember you should acknowledge the program that supported your summer position. Contact your project lead for this information if you do not have it.

FAQ (this will be updated with new questions)

What should I wear on the day of the symposium?

Comfortable shoes and business casual dress is acceptable.

What filename should we use for our posters/presentation?

Your filename should be:  Lastname_Firstname_ShortTitle