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Undergraduate Research Day

Comm and Media Virtual Undergraduate Research Showcase 

April 16, 2021

Many Communication and Media majors choose to conduct reasearch in collaboration with our faculty at some point. On our annual Undergraduate Research Day we recognize the work of our undergraduate researchers and their advisors. This year's UG Reasearch Showcase will be held virtually.

What is it? 
The COMM and MEDIA undergraduate research showcase is our annual celebration of the work of undergraduate researchers and teams in the Department.  

How does it work? 
The virtual research showcase consists of a user-friendly online platform hosting electronic posters, multimedia files, and video testimonials from student researchers. Visitors can explore the showcase and post questions/comments about the projects for researchers. A panel of judges will also be visiting the salon to issue “Distinction in Research” awards based on Engagement, Content, and Design of presentations.

How do I participate? 
If you are a student, contact your professor and to register interest. 

What kinds of materials can be submitted to the salon? 
Traditional posters are welcomed, as well as other deliverables (data visualizations, podcasts) that illustrate the kinds of original research happening at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Poster presenters are strongly encouraged to include a brief 2-3 minute video recording introducing your project and describing something interesting/provocative that you learned from doing it.

Important Dates:
Thursday, April 8th 5 PM: Deadline to submit poster/media files for check review 

Monday, April 12th: Hard cut-off for submitted material for the salon 

Friday, April 16th: Virtual Research Showcase goes LIVE 11:00 a.m.- 2 p.m. 
LIVE Awards Ceremony Announcement in the salon at 2 PM

If you have any questions, please contact Derek Vaillant ( or Sofia Carlsson (

Communication and Media Undergraduate Research Showcase Reseources

Below are some resources for students participating in the UG Research Showcase.

Library Resources

The University of Michigan Library Scholar Space has many resources and tips for how to create a great poster.

Poster Dimensions/Submission

Poster Dimensions 32" x 40"

Landscape and portrait poster orientations are permitted.

Poster Submission

Students will submit their posters to Poster submissions is due no later than 12am Sunday, April 11th, 2021. Posters MUST be submitted in PDF format. Any other format will not be accepted. *Posters must be submitted with the following title: LastName_FirstName_COMMUGshowcase (ex. Carlsson_Sofia_COMMUGshowcase)

  • Communication and Media department's logo can be used. Please be sure to ask your research mentor for approval before using any logo or image.
  • The University Seal should not be used on any research poster. 
  • The approved Communication and Media logos can be found below. Outdated logos found through web searches should not be used.


Other Resources

Many best practices tips and resources including templates with the correct dimensions can be found on UROP's webpages.

Here you can also find examples of successful posters.


Poster Sized Template - PowerPoint