Princeton undergraduates, grad students, postdocs and non-faculty researchers of any major or discipline can present at Princeton Research Day.

  • Practice presenting to a general audience
  • Share your work and findings with people across the University
  • Become eligible for monetary awards
  • Get coaching on poster design and presentation skills

Applicants will be informed of their presentation format in Mid March. Plan to attend workshops and feedback sessions to develop your presentation in Late March to early April.

Work that may be presented can include:

  • Seminar paper
  • Summer research internship project
  • Junior independent work
  • Senior thesis research
  • Dissertation project
  • Postdoctoral research
  • Creative work in the arts (includes short performances, readings, film and video screenings, exhibition of artwork, and more)
  • Video or digital presentation
  • More


  • Can present research conducted with a faculty member from an outside university
  • Can co-present with up to three other students or researchers
  • Can present research that is in the early stages
    • If you have not finished your research or creative work by Princeton Research Day, you can still present your progress at the event
  • Do not require faculty approval in order to present
    • 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 revise the research description after submission
    • 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.
  • Can present their research even if not on campus this spring (study abroad, field work) as long as they will be physically on campus the day of the event

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Judged Awards

Evaluate how effectively presenters communicate their research to an educated, non-specialist audience.

  • Receive a personalized award certificate
  • Awards of $200 to $400


Impact Award

Recognizes the graduate student who clearly communicates the positive impact the research has on enriching or improving our culture, community or society.

  • Issued by Dean of the Graduate School, Sarah-Jane Leslie
  • $500 Award

Certificates of Achievement

Awarded to PRD Featured Talk presenters.

  • $400 Award

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Key Dates for Presenters

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What Type of Presentation Will You Give?

See the Guidelines for Presenters for detailed requirements about each presentation type and resources to help you create your presentation.

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Student presenting at Princeton Research Day

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10-Minute Talk




PRD Featured Talk*

*Upon acceptance for one of the above presentation types, a presenter may optionally apply to give a PRD Featured Talk.

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Student presenting