Undergraduate students who are engaged in scholarly activity - as part of a course, research experience, internship, or the like - are invited and encouraged to present their work (or work in progress) at the Undergraduate Scholarly Showcase.

Presenter Perks

As a Showcase presenter, you'll enjoy these benefits:

  • 100+ Employers coming to meet you
  • 30+ Presenter Awards plus six student-nominated Faculty Awards
  • 10+ Office of Innovation Awards
    • Automatic Entry into Pre-Accelerator with funding up to $5K
    • Entrepreneur Consulting Hours
  • Five $200 Awards sponsored by UC Office of Research/Research & Innovation Week 2019
  • Five $200 Awards sponsored by UC’s Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities
  • Coffee, refreshments and pizza
  • UC Bicentennial & 1819 swag
  • 15+ Presenter Prep workshops and feedback sessions

Preparing to Present

Part of being a scholar or researcher is learning to communicate your work to experts and non-experts alike. You have a great opportunity to practice those skills by creating and delivering a presentation at the Undergraduate Scholarly Showcase.

Check out Preparing to Present (or the text-only version) to:

  • Understand the value of presenting at the Undergraduate Scholarly Showcase
  • Understand what is expected of presenters
  • Begin to imagine your presentation
  • Know where to get guidance and feedback


The office of Undergraduate Research hosts free workshops to help Showcase presenters translate their work into a quality presentation. What you learn will serve you now and into the future.

Workshops are scheduled for January through April, and that schedule will be released in early 2020.


Registration for the 2020 Showcase will open in early 2020. The deadline to register is typically in late March.

Nominate your Project Advisor for Excellence in Scholarly Mentoring

Help us recognize faculty across the university who contribute significant time and effort to support students’ intellectual, ethical and professional development. Outstanding mentors are recognized during the opening and midday remarks at the Showcase. When you register, you'll have the opportunity to nominate your adviser by describing how he or she has contributed to your development as a scholar.

Presentation Formats

Untimed Presentations

Poster Presentation

  • Stand by your poster and tell your story to visitors using your poster as your guide
  • Maximum poster size: 3'€™ wide x 4' tall

Unposter Presentation

  • Think chalk talk meets “show and tell"
  • Sketch while you talk and show artifacts or items of interest.
  • Blank paper provided (2' wide x 3' tall). Bring your own markers.

Timed Speeches

Capstone Competition: 3 minutes, no Q&A

Podium Presentation: 10 minutes plus 2 minutes of Q&A

Presentation Rubric

Preserve and Share Your Work

Showcase presenters may permanently archive digital versions of their work (e.g., abstract, poster, slides, images, etc.) in Scholar@UC, UC’s data repository.

Digital archiving gives your work a permanent web address, which allows employers, graduate programs and anyone else to access your work online.

If your work will be published elsewhere, you should not archive it until it has been published. To prevent potential publishing conflicts, all who wish to archive must get permission from their project advisors.

Review these short videos for more information about this opportunity:

Submit to Scholar@UC Video

Scholar@UC How-To Video