Undergraduate researchers will present their research in one of the three presentation types: (1) Poster, (2) Podium Talk, or (3) Lightning Talk. Researchers with accepted abstracts will be required to upload a pre-recorded video and supporting media (i.e. research poster, lightning talk slides) for their presentations. Each presenter is required to submit the minimum required files listed below depending on the presentation type. Please find below detailed information and resources on how to upload videos and media.

All files must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Research via email at ourleadership@unlv.edu by Wednesday, November 11, 2020 by 5:00 PM.


Minimum Upload Requirements

Poster Presentation

  • A video recording of your presentation with a maximum presentation length of 10 minutes.
  • A copy of your poster saved as a .PNG or .JPG file with the standard poster size of 48 inches in width and 36 inches in height.
  • If you have multiple presenters, please divide the presentation in sections where members describe their role and present their part. For instance, a four-member group may have the following division of labor:
    1. Introduction to the project with the “hook”
    2. Research background and methods
    3. Research findings
    4. Discussion and conclusions

Podium Talk

  • A video recording of your presentation with a maximum presentation length of 10 minutes.
  • A copy of your presentation with adherence to accessibility guidelines. For more information about creating accessible presentations, please see the accessibility section below.
  • If you have multiple presenters, please divide the presentation in sections where members describe their role and present their part. For instance, a three-member group may have the following division of labor:
    1. Introduction to the project, background, and methods
    2. Research findings
    3. Discussion and conclusions

Lightning Talk

  • A video recording of your presentation with a maximum presentation length of 3 minutes.
  • A copy of your presentation with adherence to accessibility guidelines. For more information about creating accessible presentations, please see the accessibility section below.

Tips on Presenting Research

For tips and examples on effective research presentations, please visit the Denison University Technically Speaking project.


Submitting a Presentation

Please submit your presentation and any applicable supporting information via email at ourleadership@unlv.edu by Wednesday, November 11, 2020 by 5:00 PM.

  1. Create your presentation using a software such as Microsoft PowerPoint. For information on accessing this software as a UNLV student, please contact the Office of Information Technology.
  2. Record and save your presentation using video. We highly encourage undergraduate researchers to use video to enhance the audience’s viewing experience. However, if you cannot record a video due to technological limitations or connectivity gap, please record and audio and send it along your submission.
  3. PowerPoint offers one of the easiest methods to record your presentation with video and audio For information on how to record your presentation, please visit Microsoft’s step-by-step guide. For an additional example and instructional guide, please view this resource. Laptop, video recorder, and smartphone recordings will also be accepted if the previous PowerPoint recording option is not feasible.
  4. Upload your video to the Google Drive account associated to your UNLV ACE account.
  5. Email the following to ourleadership@unlv.edu by Wednesday, November 11, 2020 by 5:00 PM.
    • A Google Drive link to your recorded video.
    • For poster presentations, an accessible, text-based outline of your poster as a PDF or DOC in addition to a copy of your poster as a .PNG or .JPG.
    • Students have the option of including their LinkedIn information, professional website, or portfolio on the Symposium site along with their presentation. If you would like to utilize this resource, please include a link to your LinkedIn profile, professional website, or portfolio in your email.

Accessibility Instructions

In order to ensure accessibility for students and attendees of all ability levels, please upload your presentations to uphold to UNLV’s accessibility standards. All presenters are asked to upload such complementing resources to ensure that all site visitors are able to obtain all presentation information.

To do this, please ensure the following requirements are met:

  • All video recordings must have closed captioning enabled.
  • All PowerPoint presentations must follow principals and standards to ensure accessibility standards. Please see instructions at https://webaim.org/techniques/powerpoint/.

Attending the Symposium

Thank you for presenting your research at OUR’s Fall 2020 Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium! Once you submit your presentation, please join us in viewing your peers’ presentations, provide feedback, and ask questions starting 8 AM on Monday, November 16, 2020. Using the comment function, all symposium attendees will have the opportunity to interactively engage with fellow undergraduate researchers, faculty, and others throughout the weekend and the following week until Friday, November 20, 2020 at 5:00 pm. Please join us, browse all the presentation pages, submit questions, and provide feedback!

We look forward to a stimulating and productive intellectual feast and research education experience with very many interesting questions and respectful and constructive feedback!