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Instructions for SURF Presenters

Congratulations on your summer research experience! A key component to research is presenting and sharing the findings with the scientific community. There are three common ways to share findings with the scientific community: publishing a manuscript, giving an oral presentation, and presenting a poster.  The Summer Undergraduate Research Fest provides undergraduate researchers with the opportunity to present their summer work in either oral or poster formats.

Final Abstract Submission Deadline:  Wednesday, July 25, 2018, by 5:00 p.m. EDT.  Abstract submissions made prior to this date are encouraged and will be greatly appreciated.


BASIC SURF WORKSHOP : Thursday, July 12, from 4:00 to 5:00 PM, Sherman 003 (Lecture Hall 4) – Basic skills, such as formatting abstracts and creating scientific posters, will be reviewed. All students are welcome.


In order to present research in either format at SURF, please follow these steps:

  1. Write an abstract

    Read the abstract requirements carefully before beginning to write. An abstract template is provided for your reference.

  2. Mentor review of the abstract draft

    Edits may be necessary before final approval is given from your mentor. Please allow adequate review time to ensure you meet the submission deadline.

  3. Submit the final abstract

    Review to confirm that you have followed the abstract requirements carefully before submitting your abstract.

  4. Prepare the presentation

    Read the list of best practices for presenters. Presentation preparation includes practicing your presentation as well as developing your presentation materials (poster or slides). 

  5. Present your research

    Remember to smile and enjoy the experience.