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NDSU EXPLORE Showcase of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity is April 22, 2020

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New for 2020

  • All NDSU EXPLORE showcase presentations will take place during one large session in the morning (9am-11:15am).
  • Following the presentations, NDSU EXPLORE Awards will be presented at an awards luncheon for student presenters and their faculty mentors.



Before you begin the Registration process, you will need to know the following information:

  • Title for your project.
    Please Note: A working title can be used for registration, but a final title will be required for publication in the event program. For more details, please see the Guidelines below.
  • Equipment needed for your presentation

All communications regarding this event will be made through the official NDSU email system, so be certain to enter your NDSU email address correctly.

Registration closes at noon (12pm) on Friday, April 3, 2020.


2020 NDSU EXPLORE Showcase of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity

Student Check-in and Presentation Set-up
All student presenters should plan to check-in by 8:45am. 

Student Presentation Sessions
Both Poster and Oral presentations will take place at this time.

NDSU EXPLORE Awards Luncheon for Student Presenters and Mentors
All student presenters and their project mentors are invited to attend this luncheon. The lunch will begin with a keynote speaker, and then NDSU EXPLORE awards will be presented. 

NDSU EXPLORE concludes


This schedule is a draft and is subject to change.


All communications regarding this event will be made through the official NDSU email system (using your email address).
On the day of the event, be prepared to answer questions about your presentation.
Business casual attire is appropriate for this event.

A final title and abstract for each project is due by noon (12pm) on Friday, April 3, 2020.
 Abstracts can be uploaded during the registration process, or can be emailed separately to Please be certain that you use correct grammar and spelling as your information will appear in event publications exactly as submitted. Only one abstract is needed per project; groups may jointly submit one abstract.

The project abstract should be between 100 and 250 words, and should offer a concise summary of your project. Abstracts usually include the following components:

  • Motivation or Statement of Problem: Why do we care about the problem? What practical, theoretical, scientific, or artistic gap is your project filling?
  • Methods or Approach: What did you actually do to get your results? Did you approach your subject using a specific theoretical framework, technical procedure, or methodology?
  • Results or Product (either actual or expected, depending on where you are in the process): As a result of completing the procedure or investigation, what did you learn, create, or invent? (Or what do you expect to learn, create, or invent upon completion?)
  • Conclusions or Implications: What are the larger implications of your findings, especially for the problem or gap identified in step one?

Your abstract should also include your name as you would like it to appear in the event publications.

By submitting the title and abstract, you will authorize the publication of your first and last name with your presentation title and abstract in both print and online materials for this event.

As a presenter during a poster session, you will stand by your poster for the duration of the session and field questions from an audience that moves throughout the room, visiting the various posters. Most interactions with audience members are around 5 minutes. 

Please create your poster according to content conventions in your discipline. Your project mentor or class instructor should be able to advise you on this topic.

Poster size should not exceed 3' x 4' (36 inches x 48 inches)

Display equipment in the form of flex screens and pins will be provided. If your project has other set-up needs, please indicate those needs in the appropriate space on the registration form.

Set-up for poster presentations will be from 7:30am-8:45am on Thursday, April 22, 2020.  

As a presenter during an oral presentation session, you will stand in the front of a small room and present your project or paper directly to a seated audience. The audience generally remains in the room for the entire session. 

Presentations will be limited to 10 minutes in length, followed by approximately 5 minutes for questions and to accommodate the transition to the next presenter. Extended time can be requested, but we may not be able to accommodate all such requests.

Computers, internet, and projectors will be available in each of the oral presentation rooms to accommodate the use of presentation aids (such as PowerPoint).

You will need to bring your presentation with you to your session on a USB flash drive or other portable storage device. If you would like to do a test run of your presentation in your presentation room, you can do so from 7:30am-8:45am on Thursday, April 22, 2020.

Other presentation formats, such as table-top project displays, will be accommodated wherever possible. Please indicate your project type and needed equipment on the registration form and we will then contact you regarding the details of your presentation. 

Set-up for presentations will be from 7:30am-8:45am on Thursday, April 22, 2019.

If you have questions about these guidelines, please contact


All NDSU Undergraduate students in all fields of study are eligible to participate. 

We encourage both poster and oral presentations from students at all levels. Eligible projects or papers can be completed works or can be works-in-progress. If the project or paper is a work-in-progress, the presenter should include information about planned next steps and goals for the project in their presentation. 

Projects or papers generated collaboratively by student groups are eligible.
·         Groups are limited to four participants.
·         Each group member must register separately.

Projects or papers utilizing human or animal research subjects must have approval from the appropriate compliance committees. 

If you have questions regarding eligibility, please contact


NDSU EXPLORE awards are as follows:

Overall Poster Presentation:
1st Place: $350
2nd Place: $250
3rd Place: $150

Overall Oral Presentation:
1st Place: $350
2nd Place: $250
3rd Place: $150

The top presentation in each category will also be recognized, and will receive a giftcard to the NDSU Bookstore. Categories are as follows:

  • Agriculture
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Biological, Health Sciences, and Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Physical and Natural Sciences, Mathematics
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences, Education, and Business

Oral Presentations

Each participant will be asked to identify the award categories that best fit their project. Categories may be combined or removed if there is insufficient participation in that category. If categories are combined or removed, impacted students will be notified. 

If a team wins, the cash award amount will be split between the team members. In the event of a tie, the cash award will be split between the winners.

If you have questions about this process, contact

Benefits of Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research

  • Increases student grade point averages and greater student retention
  • Assists in pathways to graduate study opportunities
  • Greater satisfaction with undergraduate experience
  • Enhanced leadership and communication skills
  • Greater understanding of science
  • Growth in creative thinking ability
  • Builds a community of scholars
  • Aids in student recruitment
  • Provides fresh approaches to research problems
  • Builds skills employers seek such as problem-solving, innovation, communication, critical thinking, analytical reasoning and collaboration

Annual NDSU EXPLORE Showcase

Each year, NDSU EXPLORE hosts a campus-wide event to showcase students' research and creativity. Students present their creative projects in whatever format is appropriate for their work, whether in a poster, oral presentation, video, table display, or other formats. Projects need not be finished; they can be in-progress.

Benefits of NDSU EXPLORE Event to Participants

  • Share research or creative work with the wider NDSU community
  • Meet others involved in one’s field
  • Gain experience presenting research or creative work
  • Meet students from other fields
  • Learn skills that could help jump start one’s future career

The 2019 NDSU EXPLORE Showcase of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity took place Thursday, April 11, 2019.

Abstract Book | Award Announcement

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