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Info for students

All MRU students are welcome to participate in Research and Scholarship Days, as individual presenters or as part of a team of collaborators. Research presentations can be focused on findings or projects from any course which you are enrolled in, not just your major. Research conducted outside of courses, but supervised by an MRU faculty member is also eligible. Projects completed in the Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 semesters are eligible for entry. Certificates for the best poster, creative work and/or presentation will be awarded.

Student registration for the event has now closed. Questions? Please contact event organizers at researchdays@mtroyal.ca for assistance.


Info for Participants

All registered students will be contacted by event organizers directly. 


Posters and creative works

Closer to the kick-off of Research and Scholarship Days, you will be asked to submit a digital representation of your work (file, photo, web link).

Your research abstract (max of 250 words), along with an accompanying thumbnail image of your poster or creative work, and/or a pre-recorded video or audio file of you speaking about your research will be posted on the website by April 6. People will then be able to review all participating research and can add in comments and questions directly in the Google Doc. Students will be responsible for monitoring comments and questions on their research and replying accordingly.

In order to be eligible for adjudication, students must include a pre-recorded video or audio file, no longer than 5 minutes, in which you speak to your project for the judges' consideration, along with your poster or an image of your creative work.

The recommended poster size is 75 cm wide and 105 cm tall (portrait orientation), but landscape orientation or larger dimensions are also acceptable for this virtual showcase.


Oral Presentations

After the deadline, participating students will be contacted and emailed the virtual event invitation along with the order of presentation for Thursday, April 8.

Presentations will be conducted in an online, virtual meeting format. Students will have 10 minutes to complete their presentation, followed by a brief Q&A. Students will be responsible for having their slide presentations ready to go at the time of the presentation and will need to be able to share their screens.

Please see the library's guide on oral presentations for guidelines and tips for creating your presentation.


Adjudication Criteria

During registration, you were asked to indicate if you would like to have your work adjudicated. Certificates will be awarded for the best poster, creative work and oral presentation. As a reminder, if you are submitting a poster or creative work, a pre-recorded video or audio file, in which you speak to your project, is mandatory to be included in the adjudication process. 

Below is an overview of the adjudication criteria by category:

Posters and Oral Presentations

  • How well does the student talk about their project?
  • How well do the visuals support the research?
  • Is the research comprehensive and convincingly argued?
  • Does the student convey the importance of the project?


Creative Works

  • How well does the student talk about their project?
  • How well do chosen visuals/sound appropriately support the work’s message(s)?
  • How well does the student convey significant understanding of the topic through their work?
  • How well does the student convey the importance of the project?

Need help preparing?

The library offers a comprehensive guide explaining everything students need to know, including how to write an abstract, guidelines for creating your presentation/poster, the general criteria by which your project will be judged and tips on conducting your research project itself.

If you have any questions, please contact event organizers at researchdays@mtroyal.ca.