Expo 2019

The annual Undergraduate Research Exposition, sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Advisory Committee, affords undergraduate researchers the opportunity to showcase research projects of their own design under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Applicable activities include, but are not limited to, thesis projects, senior theses, honors projects, independent study projects, capstone projects and course-related projects, among others. Activities may be recently completed or on-going and may be collaborative or individual. All participants are recognized with an award certificate during the conference.

The next Undergraduate Research Exposition happens on April 30, 2019. The Expo will comprise two presentation venues: a Symposium for oral presentations and a Poster Presentation Fair. Come see the amazing work of our LU undergraduate research students!


The Advisory Committee will select symposium participants who reflect the most accomplished undergraduate research.

The symposium will consist of a concurrent session in which distinct disciplines are represented: Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Engineering. For research that is truly interdisciplinary and does not fit cleanly into one of these four categories, the researcher will be assigned to the area deemed most appropriate. Students invited to present will be allotted ten to fifteen minutes for presentation and three to five minutes to answer questions from the audience. 

Specific Instructions for poster presentation

The Poster Fair is a presentation venue for all undergraduate students who have conducted research to demonstrate their findings to attendees. These presentations will be accessible for viewing throughout the entire day on April 30. Please note: Poster Eexposition will be started at 8.00 am and all posters will need to be set up by 8.00 am.

 Researchers will offer brief synopses of their work to attendees traversing the room.

We suggest the poster to have a size of 36 by 48 inches, which is standard in sciences and engineering.

The goal of your poster is to be a visual guide to reference while you present your research. In your poster try to develop a clear and singular message. Identify and put emphasize on what you want your audience to take away from your work.

Guidelines to build up a poster:

  • Present the motivation of your research;
  • Present a short background of the topic presented;
  • Identify the most significant aspects in the field of study;
  • Select and report only key results;
  • Present the process of collecting data and data processing including relevant details only;
  • Highlight the novelty of your approach;
  • Identify and present the possible further development of the topic.
  • Figures should be large, clear, and well labeled. Make sure you have all the necessary figures.
  • Do not generate paragraphs of text. People will not read them! Instead use short phrases and bullet points, keeping text to the essentials.
  • Include enough information for someone to follow along if you are not there.
  • You need to practice your poster explanation several times. Ask both colleagues & non-experts.

 General structure of the poster:

  • Posters are read left to right, top to bottom.
  • Three column designs are common.
  • Less is more. Stick to the message.
  • Results and conclusion go on the right side of a poster.
  • Put references and acknowledgments at the bottom.
  • Either make all your own figures (preferred), or cite them appropriately. Avoid plagiarism.
  • Favor graphs over tables.

How to Get Involved

Students who have engaged in research* and who are interested in participating in the Symposium and/or the Poster Fair are requested to fill out an application form, accessible online, and submit by Monday, April 15, 2019. Selected undergraduates will be contacted upon acceptance and provided any additional information necessary to prepare adequately for this event. 

*Please note: All current UR undergraduates may submit an application.

Guideline for abstract submission

Please submit your abstract as following format (word only, not pdf)

Title of the Study

Name and your Email address

Department name

Name of Co-authors name (if you have any, please do not include mentor name as co-author)

Mentor's full name and email address


Guidline to define stage of research

You need to mention our stage of your research at abstract submission form. Please see the following guidlines and get approval from your mentor.

Project Development Guidelines for HASBSEB Disciplines

  • Scientific Method: The Scientific Method is an ongoing and iterative process used by scientists to investigate phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or modifying existing ones. Basically, researchers use various techniques to make systematic observation, collect and measure evidence, analyze, interpret and make conclusions. This methodical process is used to eliminate the possibility that an event occurred by chance alone.


  • Artistic Research Method: Students and faculty in the Fine and Performing Arts may conduct research to contribute new knowledge to their disciplines by following the general guidelines for research – systematic inquiry in which the person asks a question, intentionally investigates it by following clear procedures/methodologies, for which they can be accountable, and make accessible the outcomes to the general audience.


Stages of Research

Early Stage (examples: literature review, prospectus, gathering of preliminary research, run crew or production work on a MainStage production) 

Scientific Method

Formulation of research problem or research questions, set bounds of them, determine the purpose of the study

Searching and review the literature related to the regarding research problem and develop a framework

Development of the theoretical construction of the future research

Creation of hypothesis which should be verified/falsified in future research

Artistic Research Method

Generation (manipulation of materials in the studio)

Selection (elements of form and pattern identified while doing “generation”


In Progress (examples: development of ideas, gathering and processing data, experimental design, theoretical model, preliminary draft of show/piece, directing a student showcase production, assistant stage managing, assistant director or assistant designer of a MainStage production)


Scientific Method

Identification of variables

Construction of operational definitions for variables

Selection of design for data analysis

Data collection

Artistic Research Method

Articulation of the problems or concerns emerging

Synthesis (conceptualization and planning of a piece of work)


Advanced (examples: processing data toward publication and dissemination in professional settings, directing, designing and stage managing or playing a leading role in a MainStage production)

Scientific Method

Analysis of quantitative data and/or analysis of qualitative data

Analysis of the data by statistical methods

Interpretation of results

Final research report from research project

Ready to present findings

Artistic Research Method

Presentation (of synthesis and articulation so as to engage critical attention

Critical discussion (which may generate new ideas)




Acquaah, George. 2015. Undergraduate Research Program General Guide for Students. Bowie State University. https://www.bowiestate.edu/files/resources/cas-undergraduate-research-manual-1.pdf (Accessed March 3, 2019).

Gray, Carole and Julian Malins. 1993. Research Procedures/Methodology for Artists and Designers.

Hanacek, Jan. nd. “Phases of Research Process.” https://cashp.columbian.gwu.edu/sites/g/files/zaxdzs1746/f/downloads/4Phases_of_research_process_-_Hanacek.doc (Accessed March 3, 2019).



Project Development Guidelines for STEM Discipline


Mentors of undergraduate research students in STEM disciplines need to approve the level of project development based on these guidelines, predicated on the Scientific Method, and what is deemed acceptable by colleagues in your discipline.  The O.U.R. encourages all levels of research project development, but mentors and their students should realize that Early Stage and some In Progress will not be able to be evaluated for the rubric criteria of “analyses” and evidence-based “conclusions”.  Although projects at theses stages of development are less likely to win an award, the value of the conference experience and sharing of ideas that could improve project outcomes are reasons to encourage students to present at any stage, and then again as the project advances in the future.


  Early Stage (A project proposal description pre-data collection; i.e. literature review and synthesis to hypothesis development and proposed future research approach or design)

  In Progress (A project with established objectives or hypothesis, experimental design or theoretical model is being tested, and data collection or sample analyses are in progress but not at the level of being fully synthesized to make definitive conclusions.)

  Advanced (A project with completed data gathering and analyses, as well as draws a conclusion that logically extrapolates from the inquiry findings; A project at the level of processing data toward publication and dissemination in professional settings.)


Finally, whether or not you are involved in undergraduate research, we invite you to attend the Expo and see some of the exciting things your fellow students are doing. See you in April!



All activities will be in the Setzer Student Center

Monday, April 29, 2019


1:00PM – 5: 00PM


@ SSC Live Oak Ballroom


3:00PM – 5:30PM



@ SSC Live Oak Ballroom

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 

7:30AM – 8:00AM                              


@ SSC Live Oak Ballroom


8:00 AM - 9:15 AM                 



@ SSC Live Oak Ballroom


9:30 AM – 11:00 AM              






11:10 AM – 11:25 AM


Lunch (Box lunch)

@ SSC Live Oak Ballroom


11:25 AM – 12:00 PM           



@ SSC Live Oak Ballroom   

Dr. Kumer Das

Director, Office of Undergraduate Research

Dr. Kenneth Evans

President, Lamar University

Dr. James Marquart                                

Provost and VPAA, Lamar University



12:00 PM – 12:10 PM



In front of Setzer Student Center


12:10 PM – 1:00 PM



@ SSC Live Oak Ballroom


1:10 PM –   2:30 PM




2:30 PM – 5:30 PM

BREAK (Students may go back to the dorms to prepare for the Closing Ceremony)

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Banquet and Closing Ceremony

      @ SSC Live Oak Ballroom

Creative Activity Showcase


Keynote Speaker: Clarence L. Ross, Jr.

 Award Ceremony                                               Awardees Picture**