Princeton Research Day 2016

Frequently asked questions

What is Princeton Research Day?

Who can participate in Princeton Research Day?

Why should I present at Princeton Research Day?

Why should I attend Princeton Research Day?

How can I apply to present?

Can I present research conducted with a faculty member from an outside university?

Can I co-present with another student or researcher?

Can I present a video?

I am a student in the creative arts. Can I still participate in Princeton Research Day?

How do I prepare for Princeton Research Day?

What are the dimension requirements for my poster?

What are the dimensions of my studio art, demonstration or other exhibition?

My research is in the early stages. Can I still participate?

Does my faculty adviser have to approve my participation in Princeton Research Day?

Can I revise my abstract after submission?

Can I submit two or more research projects?

Can I apply to present my research if I am not on campus this spring (study abroad, field work)?

Can I invite family, friends, or outside faculty to Princeton Research Day?

What should I wear to Princeton Research Day?

Are there prizes for the best presentations or posters?

I am an undergraduate who is not presenting at Princeton Research Day. Should I attend?

I'm a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow, and I would like to gain professional development experience with PRD. What can I do?

I am a community member. May I attend Princeton Research Day?

Can I sign up to volunteer at the event?

What is Princeton Research Day?

Princeton Research Day is a celebration of the research and creative endeavors by our undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and other nonfaculty researchers. The annual campuswide event features talks, posters, performances, studio art, demonstrations, digital presentations and an awards ceremony for outstanding contributions. The event is free and open to the public.

Who can participate in Princeton Research Day?

All undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and other nonfaculty researchers are encouraged to apply to present their research. These works may include a writing seminar paper, summer research internship, junior project, senior thesis, dissertation project, postdoctoral research, creative work in the arts, or other work.

Why should I present at Princeton Research Day?
  • Practice communicating about your research or creative work to a general audience.
  • Share your work and findings with people across the University.
  • Access professional development workshops on poster design and presentation skills.
Why should I attend Princeton Research Day?
  • Learn about and celebrate the research and creative work being done on campus.
  • Cheer on your fellow students and researchers.
  • Come away with new ideas for collaborations (for graduate students and researchers) or thoughts on choosing your major (for freshmen and sophomores).
How can I apply to present?

Undergraduates, graduate students and other researchers should submit an application via the link on the Apply page. Applications for PRD 2017 will open on Dec. 1, 2016, and close on Feb. 20, 2017.

Can I present research conducted with a faculty member from an outside university?

Yes. You are welcome to apply if you are a Princeton University researcher, regardless of where you actually performed your research. You are encouraged to notify any outside collaborators that you are presenting your research project at Princeton Research Day and to acknowledge where the work was completed.

Can I co-present with another student or researcher?

Yes. Researchers are able to apply as a group. Please indicate on your application how your group intends to present the research or creative work.

Can I present a video?

Yes. Participants who are interested in video or digital presentations should indicate their preference in the application. 

I am a student in the creative arts. Can I still participate in Princeton Research Day?

Absolutely. The intent of Princeton Research Day is to highlight all types of “discovery” at Princeton, including the creation of new artistic work and new interpretations of artistic work. Possible presentation formats include short performances, readings, film and video screenings, and exhibition of artwork, along with the other formats described on the Guidelines page.

How do I prepare for Princeton Research Day?

Visit the Prepare page to find resources that will help you prepare your presentation, as well as example presentations from last year. Check back often for updates, including a schedule of workshops and other programming designed to help you create and fine-tune your presentation leading up to the event.

What are the dimension requirements for my poster?

36-inches by 48-inches. For more information see the Guidelines page.

What are the dimension requirements of my studio art, demonstration or other object exhibition?

Needs for the exhibition of three-dimensional work should be specifically outlined in your proposal and may be subject to space availability.

My research is in the early stages. Can I still participate?

If you have not finished your research or creative work by the date of the event, you can present your progress at Princeton Research Day.

Does my faculty adviser have to approve my participation in Princeton Research Day?

While we expect that participants will share their intention to present with their faculty advisers and supervisors, official approval from an adviser or supervisor is not required during the application process. Princeton Research Day is a public event, and presenters are responsible for ensuring that the presentation will not endanger later publication or intellectual property filings.

Can I revise my research description after submission?

Yes. All participants will have the option to submit a revised summary in April prior to the publication of the Princeton Research Day program. Presenters who prefer not to share their research summary can opt out of having it included in the publicly shared program at that time as well. See sample research summaries here.

Can I submit two or more research projects?

The organizers will attempt to accommodate as many presenters as possible at the event. Researchers may submit more than one application, but should expect that not all applications will be accepted.

Can I apply to present my research if I am not on campus this spring (study abroad, field work)?

Yes, you can apply to participate, assuming you will be physically on campus on the day of the event. 

Can I invite family, friends, or outside faculty to Princeton Research Day?

Yes! This is a great opportunity to share what you have been working on with friends and family in a format that makes the research or creative work accessible to a broad, general audience. The event is free and open to the public.

What should I wear to Princeton Research Day?

Most presenters giving talks and posters will want to wear business-casual attire, but you may elect to wear other attire that is appropriate to your presentation.

Are there prizes for the best presentations or posters?

Yes. Awards will be given at Princeton Research Day Reception for best presentations. In keeping with the interdisciplinary spirit of this campuswide event, presenters will be evaluated primarily on how effectively they communicate their research to an educated, non-specialist audience. Judges include freshman and sophomore students as well as faculty and staff members.

I am an undergraduate who is not presenting at Princeton Research Day. Should I attend?

Yes. This is an excellent opportunity for you to learn about research at Princeton and come away with ideas for your choice of major, junior paper or senior thesis.

I’m a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow, and I would like to gain professional development experience with PRD. What can I do?

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are eligible to serve in a variety of roles with PRD. During the application process, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows can indicate that they would like to serve as session chairs or presentation mentors. If you’d like to find out about other professional development opportunities, please contact researchday@princeton.edu.

I am a community member. May I attend Princeton Research Day?

Yes. One of the primary objectives of this event is to share Princeton University research and creative work with the broader community in ways that make this work accessible to a wide audience. It will be fun and you will likely learn many new things. The event is free and no tickets or reservations are required.

Can I sign up to volunteer at the event?

Yes! Students and staff volunteers are critical to the success of Princeton Research Day. Please see our Volunteer page.

If you have a question that was not answered here, email researchday@princeton.edu.