Once you're signed up to present at Princeton Research Day, you'll have a number of resources at your disposal. We offer poster templates, workshops and dress rehearsals for presentations. Check out this page for updates.
The University also offers year-round support for undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs and other nonfaculty researchers who wish to strengthen their command of the written and spoken word, their research and teaching practices, and their self-presentation and multimedia skills.
The Digital Learning Lab (DLL) is a fully-staffed state-of-the-art multimedia maker space that supports courses with unconventional formats, innovative course assignments, and co-curricular digital learning components. Through one-on-one training and workshops, professional and student staff can help you plan and execute video or other digital presentations, either in explanation of your research or as a stand-alone creative project.
The DLL is located on the first floor of the Lewis Science Library and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1-10 p.m. Please drop in or, for in-depth assistance, make an appointment by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-258-6073.
The Office of Career Services helps undergraduate and graduate students proactively design their careers and lives, preparing them to find meaningful opportunities both at Princeton and beyond. Located at 36 University Place, Career Services staff offer individual advising (including how your research interests can help guide your career search), workshops, and connections to job and internship opportunities.
Those who are interested in enhancing their presentation skills should consider an improv workshop or a one-on-one advising session. For more information, please visit https://careerservices.princeton.edu.
Princeton Writes helps both students and employees communicate more effectively in nonacademic contexts. Located in Dillon Court East, between Whitman College and Dillon Gym, this program holds or sponsors workshops, one-on-one tutorials (appointments can be made through WASE), and peer support groups that can help you present yourselves and your research to a general audience in a clear, concise, and compelling way.
Those who wish to develop their public speaking skills through regular practice are encouraged to join Speak with Style (primarily undergraduates), GradSpeak (graduate students), and the Princeton Employee Public Speaking Group (post-docs). For more information, please contact email@example.com or visit pwrites.princeton.edu.
The Writing Center offers Princeton writers free, one-on-one conferences with experienced fellow writers trained to respond to assignments in any discipline. The Writing Center welcomes all undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdocs, working on papers, independent research projects, application essays, and oral presentations for class or professional presentations. Writing Fellows can help with any part of the writing process: brainstorming ideas, developing a thesis, structuring an argument, or revising a draft. The goal of each conference is to develop strategies that will encourage writers to become astute readers and critics of their own work. Although the Writing Center is not an editing or proofreading service, Fellows can help students learn techniques for improving sentences and checking mechanics.
To meet with a Writing Center Fellow, you can either make an appointment in advance or stop by 2 New South during drop-in hours (Monday-Thursday from 7-11 p.m.). Come with whatever you've got—an assignment, ideas, rough notes, or a partial or full draft. For more information and to make an appointment, go to: https://wriapps.princeton.edu/scheduler/appointments/.
Revising Your Abstract
Your abstract will be publicly available on the Princeton Research Day website as a representation of your work. It serves as an invitation to your talk, poster, or performance for members of the University and wider community. Given the substantial visibility your abstract will receive and the opportunity to connect with a broad audience, we encourage you to take a fresh look at your original submission. Use this guide to revise your abstract.
10 Minute Talk: "How Cancer Lumps Promote Malignancy"
By Allison Simi, a graduate student in Chemical and Biological Engineering and the winner of the Gold Research Talk award at PRD 2016
90 Second Pitch: "Cognitive Development in Early Childhood Mechanisms over Three Generations"
By Ian Lundberg, a graduate student in Sociology and the winner of the Silver Research Pitch award at PRD 2016
Poster: "Curiosity’s Adventures in Wonderland"
By Joani Etskovitz, a senior in English
Video or Digital Presentation: "Poking into the Swirls — Nanoscale Sensor for Turbulence Measurement"
By Yuyang Fan, a graduate student in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the winner of the Gold Performance/Art award at PRD 2016
Additional Online Resources
Moving From Research Question to Project Summary: Project summary worksheet
Project Summaries: Sample research summaries
90 Second Pitch: Crafting and Delivering a 90 Second Thesis (Rice University)
Poster: Guide to Creating Research Posters (UT Austin)
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