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The NDSU EXPLORE Showcase of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity will take place Thursday, April 11, 2019 in the NDSU Memorial Union. 

This annual event brings together students from all disciplines to present their research and creative work in posters, oral presentations, or in other formats. 

Learn more below, or visit the NDSU EXPLORE Archives to see projects from past years.


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.
  • A brief description of your project (100 words or less)
    Please Note: A more formal abstract will be required for publication in the event program; you may upload the document during the registration process, or you can email it at a later date. 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.

When you are ready to register, click here for the online Registration Form.


Registration closes Friday, March 22, 2019.


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

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


    All communications regarding this event will be made through the official NDSU email system (using your or 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 Friday, March 22, 2019.
    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 (90 minutes) 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 is not to exceed 3' x 4' (36 inches x 48 inches). Large format printing services are available from NDSU-Information Technology Services.

    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 registered for either session will be from 7:30am-8:45am on Thursday, April 11, 2019.  

    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. 

    The standard presentation time is 20 minutes, which includes the time needed for transitioning between presentations and for answering questions following the presentation. Students should expect to speak for approximately 12 minutes, and should then allow at least 5 minutes for questions. 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 11, 2019.

    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 registered for either session will be from 7:30am-8:45am on Thursday, April 11, 2019.

    If you have questions about these guidelines, please contact


    The Technology Learning & Media Center (TLMC) is available to help with your technological needs, such as using PowerPoint or creating large format, academic posters.

    The Center for Writers is available to help students with developing presentations, and maintains online resources for creating academic posters, developing PowerPoint slides, and tips for a successful presentation.  


    NDSU EXPLORE awards first, second, and third place to projects in each of the sessions.     

    Oral Presentations

    Each participant is only eligible to win one award at each annual NDSU EXPLORE showcase. Therefore, if a participant gives multiple presentations at the NDSU EXPLORE showcase, they will only be able to win for one presentation. They will be eligible to win again at the next year's event.

    If you have questions about this process, contact

    Schedule of Events

    April 11, 2019
    NDSU Memorial Union

    Student Check-in / Registration and Presentation Set-up
    All students participating in poster sessions, whether in the morning or the afternoon, will set up their posters during this time period.

    Student Presentation Session I
    Oral Presentations and Poster Session

    Luncheon for Student Presenters and their Mentors

    Student Presentation Session II
    Oral Presentations and Poster Session

    Undergraduate Day Concludes
    Poster/Display tear-down

    This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

    NDSU EXPLORE is a program to encourage and celebrate the scholarly accomplishments of NDSU undergraduate students. Whether majoring in the sciences, engineering, business, arts or humanities – all undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in research and creative activity to enrich their academic experience.     

    The NDSU EXPLORE program is administered by the Office of Research Development and advised by a committee comprised of faculty from each academic college.  Feedback and ideas for further development of the program are welcome.  For questions and comments about the NDSU EXPLORE program, email

    Benefits of 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

    Early Career Investigator Lectures
    Watch these videocast lectures by early career investigators who are working on the cutting edge of science.  Speakers give a 30-minute talk about their research to an audience of undergraduate students, followed by a 30 minute question-and-answer session, where speakers answer career-focused questions.  Access Videocasts

    Annual NDSU EXPLORE Undergraduate Research Showcase

    One of the most meaningful aspects of participating in undergraduate research is the opportunity to display your project to an audience.  A number of NDSU departments hold their own annual undergraduate showcase events.  See information on some of these events.

    Each year, NDSU EXPLORE hosts a campus-wide event to showcase students' research and creativity.  This is an opportunity not to be missed!  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

    For information about past EXPLORE showcase events, see NDSU EXPLORE Archives.


    NDSU is a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) which encourages and supports undergraduate research through networking, by offering resources on their website, and by sponsoring national conferences for students, faculty and administrators.

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