16th Annual Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo


The Expo will be Virtual again

April 21-22, 2022

Presentation Links due:

April 13


What is the Expo?

The expo is the campus-wide celebration of undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activities. All students engaged in faculty-mentored scholarly inquiry are encouraged to participate. Students are eligible to compete for program recognition, which includes monetary awards. Those students who wish to be considered for evaluation must have their mentor’s approval. Course-based undergraduate research projects are also encouraged.


Virtual Submission

The video should capture you explaining your project between 4 and 6 minutes. The video is designed for the viewers and judges (where appropriate) to watch you present as if you were at an in-person session.

For some tips and tricks to creating a strong video presentation, check out these resources:


Before submitting, make sure you’ve met the requirements for your presentation formats (outlined below), then follow these guidelines for your video:

  • Log into YouTube either using your UNCG login or your own account. Upload your presentation video to your channel. A helpful guide can be found here: Uploading Videos to YouTube (Google Support)
  • Title your video using the lead presenter’s name as such: [last name, first name]2022_UNCG_TURCE
  • In the video description, be sure to include the title of your research, abstract, and a paragraph explaining the virtual expo.

IMPORTANT: If you do not submit your presentation with the requested materials, your presentation will NOT be included in the 2022 Virtual Expo! Make sure you’ve followed the guidelines for your presentation and for uploading to YouTube.


All submissions are due on or before April 13th, 2022 by 5 p.m.


Presentation Formats:


  • How to Create an Effective Poster Presentation Workshop Slides
  • (Given this is a virtual poster session, you may consider using multiple slides to enhance your recorded presentation. This will allow the viewer to see your images more clearly.)
  • Materials: Save your poster as a PDF. This can be done in most software by going to File > Save As, and changing the file type to a PDF.

Oral Presentations

  • Presentation: Record a video of your presentation using the method of your choice. One suggested method is recording a PowerPoint with narration, which creates a video file you can easily share.


  • Materials: Record a video of your performance using the method of your choice. The video can be recorded using a camera or smartphone and uploaded to YouTube. When filming, adjust the camera view so that both you and your subject materials are captured in the shot at all times. Please be sure that the video is not zooming just on your face, zooming on portions of the poster, or alternating between you and the poster.
  • Presentation: Create a video presentation using the method of your choice explaining your research or project. When uploading your presentation video to Youtube, provide a link to the performance video for viewers in the description.


Visual Arts Virtual Exhibit/Installation (Recording Optional)

If you would like to take time to explain your process or your project, you may create a presentation and video.

  • Materials: Create a PowerPoint with images and explanations of your exhibit.
  • Presentation: Once your PowerPoint is ready, record a narration explaining your research or project.

Download instructions/guidelines here:

here2022 Virtual Expo Guidelines/Instructions

Be Prepared for the Google Form Submission:

  • University Email Address
  • Student ID
  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Youtube Video Link (4-6 minutes in length) Please make sure your video is available for public viewing.
  • Comments


Preparing for the Expo? Resources for Students

Award Information

A committee will judge selected presentations and determine the top three for awards in each category (listed below). Your faculty mentor must approve your self nomination. Only those students who have completed EXCEPTIONAL work should submit for evaluation. If you wish to be considered, the URSCO will contact your mentor by March 2nd for approval, which must be given by March 16th. If your faculty mentor does not approve, you will not be eligible for consideration. *Students presenting more than one project may only be considered for one entry.


  • Business, Economic, Education, Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics, Life and Physical Sciences
  • Exhibit – Visual Arts
  • Music, Theatre, and Dance

Judging Criteria:


Students with hearing disabilities who benefit from use of an interpreter at their educational institution should communicate their presentation through American (ASL) or International (ISL) Sign Language on camera with the assistance of an interpreter who will voice the presentation off camera. Please note, only the student presenter and the poster should be visible in the supporting video presentation.

If you require other accommodations for your participation, please contact us.



When will I present?

Presentations will be scheduled in intervals (refer to application for time slots). You will select your preferences when registering for the Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo and we will make every attempt to honor your preferences. The duration of the poster or exhibit will be one hour, the duration of the oral presentation or the scholarly performance will be 12 minutes. You will be notified about the presentation time soon after the registration deadline.

Note: Scholarly Performances will only take place from 12:00pm to 1:00pm and the duration may be slightly longer.

Who is eligible to present their research/creative scholarship?

Any undergraduate student currently enrolled at UNCG who has participated in a research/creative scholarship project may apply. The research/creative scholarship project could be from course work, a project developed for independent research/study, participation in the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Award (URCA) or other projects with a faculty mentor, and/or volunteer work.

Does the project have to be completely finished for me to present?

No, you may present if the project is incomplete. At minimum, you should be able to explain the overall question, discuss how the question will be answered, and report any preliminary results.

Is my research/creative scholarship project required to be completed on UNCG’s campus?

No. For example, sometimes UNCG students travel during the summer to complete research on other university campuses, federal laboratories or in the private sector. Students may present as long as there is a faculty sponsor listed on the presentation who agrees that the research is of high quality.

Are group projects allowed?

Yes. Designate one individual as the primary student on the project. The primary student should register as a presenter, and then complete the entries for each co-presenter on the project. The co-presenters are NOT required to submit separate abstracts. Each group should only submit one abstract.

Are graduate students or faculty members eligible to present their research?

Undergraduate students are the only presenters at this conference. They can present the work done in collaboration with faculty and/or graduate students and the faculty and grad students are encouraged to attend the conference to positively support the undergraduate presenters.