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Oral Presentations

Undergraduate students may choose to present their research at a conference, symposium, or other research-related event or forum. Students typically communicate and present their work in the form of an oral presentation or a scholarly poster.

If you have been collaborating with a faculty member or a research team, be sure to clear your proposed ideas with your faculty supervisor. Your supervisor might have feedback about your oral presentation and recommendations about where to submit your work.

Why Do an Oral Presentation?

Oral presentations are more formal than poster presentations and allow you to practice your public speaking skills and display your expertise.

Many professors prefer their students conduct oral presentations rather than poster presentations so students will be better prepared for graduate study and beyond. In some disciplines, oral presentations are more common than posters.