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Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium - Information for Flash Talk Presentations


Preparing Your Flash Talk Presentation

Your flash talk should have the following format:

  • Maximum of 3 minutes
  • Maximum 1 slide 
    • The slide should convey the critical apects of your research project/creative activity.

Note: Laser pointers are not permitted.


Flash Talk Workshops

To help you prepare, the OSU Undergraduate Research Committee will host two flash talk workshops:

Week of March 25 Research Poster and Flash Talk Workshop, location TBD
Week of April 1 Research Poster and Flash Talk Workshop, location TBD

Workshop participation is strongly encouraged for any student who has never given a 3-minute research Flash Talk.


Send Your Slide

Finalize your single slide file (as PowerPoint .ppt or Adobe .pdf file type), and email it to by 12:00 pm on Monday, April 15.

We will prepare a title slide for your presentation with your name, your presentation title, and your research collaborators' names.


Day of the Symposium

Please arrive at the Alumni Center lobby at least 20 minutes before your session start time and go to the check-in desk. You will receive a name tag and directions to the flash talk area. Please be in the presentation area and ready to go at least 10 minutes before your session begins.


You will present your talk in a session that includes a performing arts presentation and other flash talk presentations. A facilitator will manage the session, introduce each presenter, and then moderate a 2-minute Q&A following each presenter. Please plan to stay for the entire session.


After the Symposium

You will receive written feedback on your flash talk.

Participating in this event can be included on your CV/resume. Such designations vary by discipline, so ask your faculty sponsor how to denote your participation in the poster session event on your CV/resume.


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