Undergraduate Poster Session and Creative Exhibition

Nebraska Union — April 11-12, 2022

The Undergraduate Student Research Poster Session and the Undergraduate Student Creative Exhibition provide undergraduate students the chance to showcase their research or creative activity, to communicate their results to others, and to learn about other areas of research and creative activity. Students do not have to be in UCARE to present; all undergraduates are welcome. However, if you are enrolled in UCARE, presenting your research is an expectation.


Register to Present Your Poster
Students must register by March 11, 2022.

Space is limited for poster presentations; if registrations exceed capacity preference will be given to juniors and seniors. You will be notified by Monday, March 21, 2022, whether your poster has been accepted for presentation.

Communications regarding the conference will take place via the email address you provide when you register. The emails will go to a large number of participants so be prepared to check your “junk” or “bulk” mailboxes.


  • Friday, March 11:  Register to present your poster
  • Monday, March 21:  Applicants notified of decision
  • Tuesday, April 5:  Posters must be submitted by student to the Pixel Lab for printing. No late submissions allowed.
  • Sunday April 10: Poster drop-off at the Nebraska Union Centennial Room
  • Monday April 11: Engineering and Physical Sciences (in-person undergraduate poster sessions 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
  • Tuesday April 12: Arts and Humanities, Education, Business, Social Sciences, Life Sciences (in-person undergraduate poster sessions 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

Poster and creative exhibition competition

The university Colleges, in conjunction with the Office of Undergraduate Research, will host an awards competition that will provide students whose research poster or creative exhibit is deemed outstanding by judges a $250 award. At the event, judges will visit your poster or exhibit and you’ll present your research or creative activity then. Your attendance at the poster session or creative exhibit is required for participation in the competition.


Presentations will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Content:
    • Organization
    • Balance
    • Conciseness
    • Aesthetics
  • Presentation to judges at the poster session:
    • Coherency
    • Credibility
    • Effective communication
    • Enthusiasm

Preparing for the event

Presentation types

Posters should be based on research or creative activity you’ve engaged in significantly during the past year. Standards of the entries are expected to be at the level that is common at regional and national discipline meetings. Discuss these expectations with your faculty mentor. See Poster Guidelines and Templates for tips, poster size requirements, and related details like costs and deadlines for printing at the Pixel Lab.

Creative exhibitions may include video or visual art exhibits. After registration, we will contact you directly to discuss your display needs and available options.

Presenters will be given a space roughly the size of a 6-8’ table. A table can be provided, and other resources may be available.

A limited number of TVs will be available for electronic posters or creative displays. Please select that option when you submit your registration. Students will be notified by March 23 if they will be provided a TV for their display.

Questions regarding the content and development of your specific poster or creative exhibit should be addressed to your faculty sponsor. Direct any other questions to the UCARE Office at ucare@unl.edu.

Day of the event

Wear business casual: a nice pair of slacks or khakis and a button-down shirt or blouse. Plan to dress a step up from jeans, a T-shirt, and sneakers.

Be at your assigned space during the designated time to discuss the work presented and be prepared to take your poster with you after your assigned time. Greet people who walk by and ask them if they have questions. People will often come to you and say, “Tell me about your research in 1 minute,” so have a brief statement about your research in mind.