Undergraduate Research Program

Information for 10 Minute Presentation Participants

Tips for designing your presentation

mysymposium for presenters
URP PowerPoint Presentation Workshop

  • These workshops address how to organize a PowerPoint presentation, how to design slides, and how to draw the attention of your audience. If you are unable to make one of the workshops, you can download the slides from last year’s workshop.

UW Design Help Desk @ the Research Commons

  • The Design Help Desk offers free advice for members of the University of Washington community who are seeking to improve their visuals for presentation and publication.You can bring any visual work related to your research — including figures, diagrams, data plots, presentations and posters — and receive help from a designer on staff. Design consultants are Design Division graduate students.
  • Drop-in hours: Check the website for options for virtual assistance.

Length and format

Your prerecorded presentation should be no longer than 10 minutes.

Include the following in your audiovisual recording of the presentation:

  1. PowerPoint slides
  2. A narrative that includes:
    1. Your name and the names of your team members (if applicable)
    2. Your academic level and major (s)
    3. The title of your research
    4. A short description guiding viewers through your talk.

The URP offers Presentation Practice Sessions for students who would like feedback on their presentations. You will receive information about practice sessions via email and your My Symposium dashboard.

Recording your presentation

There are multiple ways to record your presentation video. Below we have included guides on how to record using PowerPoint and Zoom. However, you’re welcome to use the video recording software of your choice.

Record your video using PowerPoint
The video below is intended to help you create a video presentation using PowerPoint. All UW instructors, staff, and students have access to a free Microsoft Office Account (which includes PowerPoint). You may also use alternative programs when recording your presentation.

For technical support using PowerPoint, please view the video:
Recording, Uploading, Closed Captioning and Submitting Your Presentation

Logistics of the presentation sessions

  • The live sessions are thematic and will often include students from different disciplines.
  • Faculty moderators will guide questions and discussions during each presentation session.
  • A session assistant will be available to help with any issues that may arise
  • Each presenter should participate in the entire session.