Welcome to Princeton Research Day

Considering presenting at Princeton Research Day? Here's what you should know. 

If you've already reviewed this information, head over to the Prepare page. 

What is Princeton Research Day?

  • PRD is an annual celebration of early-career research and creative endeavors.
  • Participants explain their research or creative work via 3-minute videos using everyday language, emphasizing the importance of communicating across disciplinary lines.
  • PRD is open to all early-career presenters (undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs and other early-career researchers).
  • The event brings together participants from all areas of study, including the natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, the arts and humanities.
  • Explore previous presentations in the gallery of 2022 videos.

What is the format for PRD this year?

  • In 2023, PRD will be held in person at Frist Campus Center and simulcast online.
  • You'll create a 3-minute video presentation describing your research, performance, artistic work or other creative expression.
  • You can also create a poster to present at PRD.
  • Here's the timeline:
    • March 30 - Video submission opens
    • May 3 - Final video submission deadline for award consideration
    • May 5 - PRD videos online for viewing and judging
    • May 11, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Princeton Research Day 2023 in-person event and award ceremony
  • Our panel of judges will evaluate the submissions for prizes and awards of up to $1,500.

Who can present?

Princeton undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral and other early career researchers and scholars of any major or discipline can present at Princeton Research Day.

Why present?

  • Develop your ability to explain complex topics to general audiences
  • Get coaching on online presentation skills
  • Share your work with friends, family and colleagues inside and outside of your specialty
  • Bolster your resume/CV
  • Earn monetary prizes and awards

What types of works can you present?

  • 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)
  • More


  • Can present research conducted with a faculty member from an outside university
  • Can co-present with up to three other students or researchers, provided they submit the same video
  • Can present research that is in the early stages
    • If your research or creative work is not complete by the video submission deadline, consider making a video of your work in progress.
  • Are responsible for ensuring that their presentation will not endanger later publication or intellectual property filings, as Princeton Research Day is a public event. 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.

Next steps

Ready for PRD? Continue to the Prepare page to learn more about creating your 3-minute presentation.