Undergraduate Research Initiative

Festival of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

Celebrate undergraduate research at this annual, campus-wide event.

Undergraduate Research Initiative

Research in any program or discipline

The Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) launched at the University of Alberta in 2011 with a bold vision: to create a culture in which every undergraduate student has opportunities to engage in research and creative activities, both in and out of the classroom.

At the University of Alberta, your questions matter. 

Why? Because we believe that undergraduate students deserve the very best that a research-intensive institution has to offer: high-impact, hands-on experiences at the cutting edge of human knowledge — the opportunity to put your ideas and your curiosity to work.


Are you making one of these common poster presentation mistakes?

A well-designed research poster can be one of the most convenient and versatile tools for sharing your work. Poster presentations are brief, visual, and allow for direct, one-on-one interaction with your audience. Make the most of your next poster presentation by avoiding these common mistakes:

The Great Wall of Text: By far, the most common poster mistake is using too much text. Cramming large blocks of text onto your poster is visually overwhelming, and few people will take the time to read all the details. Instead of using long paragraphs to describe your work, build around your visuals, use text to briefly summarize your key points, and break text into bullet points that are easy to read at a glance.

The Absentee Presenter: An effective poster presentation has two complementary components: the poster, and you. Don’t make your poster do all the work – engage your audience by making eye contact, maintaining an open, approachable body posture, and guiding your audience through your poster’s key points.

Template Temptation: There are many poster templates freely available online, but don’t just fill in the blanks. Most templates are pre-populated with too much text, and the typical multi-column format may not be the best fit for your needs. Rather than relying on a template to make your design decisions, consider how you want to organize your poster first, then modify your template accordingly.

Want more poster tips? Check out URI’s Poster Design tip sheet, or attend one of our upcoming poster design workshops.