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Presentations and events

Denman research presentations

Whether you are looking to see what fellow students have accomplished or are wanting to present your own findings, Ohio State has a variety of research-oriented presentation events to explore.

Denman Research Forum

The Denman Forum provides an opportunity for graduating student researchers to share their research endeavors with the broader community. This is our only competitive poster forum in which winners are recognized in each category as determined by faculty, staff, and Denman alumni reviewers.

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Undergraduate Research Festival

Hosted by the Office of Academic Enrichment, the Undergraduate Research Festival is a research poster and presentation forum for students to share their mentored research projects with the broader academic community. It provides an opportunity for students to gain experience communicating their research in new ways, including designing a poster and discussing the project with festival attendees. The festival is hosted every autumn and spring.

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Other opportunities at Ohio State

Every spring, the Department of Psychology hosts a Research Colloquium. The Research Colloquium is a poster session that allows students to display and talk about their work with faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students in the Department of Psychology.

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Honors students starting at Ohio State during the AU22 semester and later are required to complete an Honors Project and present their reflections in a symposium setting. Although other options to present are available, the Arts and Sciences Honors Symposium is sure to be the most popular option. These events are open to the public, and will begin in 2024.

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3-Minute Thesis Competition
The 3-minute thesis competition challenges participants to present their research in just three minutes to an audience, using everyday language.

Thesis Oral Defense
Students striving to graduate with research distinction or with honors research distinction will be required to present their findings at an oral defense before graduation. The purpose of the defense is to allow the faculty committee to determine whether the work of the student who is a candidate for graduation with honors research distinction is truly outstanding. Please note that oral defenses are typically not open to the public unless full Committee approves.

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Students from all years with completed papers or a thesis project, as well as works-in-progress, are welcome to submit proposals. We also welcome proposals from non-majors/minors who are writing papers for Comparative/Religious Studies courses. This is an opportunity to share and celebrate the variety of work being done in the department, as well as to gain presentation experience and feedback on your current research.

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Students will have the opportunity to interact with past STEP participants about their STEP Signature Projects, many of which are research-based.

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Professional conferences

Looking for opportunities beyond Ohio State? Conferences (whether presenting or attending) are great professional learning opportunities for students. Consult with your Primary Investigator (PI) to discuss feasible opportunities for your chosen field! 

Feeling overwhelmed with the search process or have questions about undergraduate research? Help is available!

Besides chatting with your departmental advisor and consulting your major’s website, individual consultation appointments are also available. Schedule an appointment by emailing sallade.3@osu.edu (general questions, Honors Research Distinction) or quinn.142@osu.edu (general questions, arts majors, Research Distinction) for an individual consultation. You may also view our FAQ!