Undergraduate Research Program

Information for Performing Arts Participants

My Symposium

Tips for designing your presentation

Submissions for this session must have a performance based component (e.g. music, theater, or dance) created as part or as a result of the research process.

URP PowerPoint Presentation Workshop (Coming Soon)

  • 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.

Please include the following:

A performance that includes:

  • Your name and the names of your team members (if applicable)
  • Your academic level and major (s)
  • A short description of the research process related to the performance.

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

  • Faculty moderator will guide questions and discussion during each presentation session.
  • A session assistant will be available to help with set up and timing for the live Q&A.
  • Each presenter should participate in the entire session.

Your prerecorded presentation:

  • Should be ten minutes in length. This limit is strictly enforced. You will have an additional two minutes for Q&A.
  • Should be tailored to an educated, non-field expert audience.