Oral Presentations of Undergraduate Research

Student Oral Presentation Schedule

Please see the Presentation Abstracts for CUPC 2022 document for specific abstracts and titles of the oral presentations, sorted by session.

Presenters are asked to bring their personal laptop for presentations and email a copy of their presentation file to cupc2022@uoguelph.ca when it is finished, in case of technical difficulties.  Please email your presentations to us no later than 7 am on the day of your presentation.

The following adapters will be provided: USB A, USB C, Thunderbolt. Please bring the relevant adapter with you if none of the above options will work with your computer.

Please feel free to use the CUPC 2022 logo in your slides. 

Oral Presentation Judging Rubric

Sponsored by Wolfram, we have prizes for the top oral presentations in the following categories, created based on the submitted abstracts (note that we have reduced the oral presentation prizes by 1 and increased the poster presentations by 1 to reflect the number of submitted abstracts in each category):

  • Astrophysics and Astronomy, General Physics
  • Nuclear/Particle Physics and Dark Matter
  • Biological/Medical Physics, Nanoscience, and Materials Science
  • Solid State Physics, Mathematical Physics, Optics and Quantum Computing

We are providing the oral presentation judging rubrics to all student presenters so that they can prepare for how their talk will be evaluated.

Guidelines for Oral Presentations

Time Limit

There is a maximum of 15 minutes per student presentation block. Presentations must be no longer than 10 minutes, with 2-3 minutes given for the audience to ask questions, and 2-3 minutes to transition to the next presenter. These time limits are strict, and presenters will be cut off if they exceed them.

Land Acknowledgements

If you are presenting, include the names of the Indigenous groups upon whose land your research was conducted. This information could be stated at the beginning of presentations. For example, a student from Toronto Metropolitan University may include:

“This research was conducted in Toronto in the ‘Dish With One Spoon Territory’.  The Dish With One Spoon is a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share the territory and protect the land. Subsequent Indigenous Nations and peoples, Europeans and all newcomers have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship and respect.”

Many universities and other research institutions have several versions of land acknowledgements available, so if you are unsure of which Indigenous territories your institution is located on, start with the institution’s website. You can also visit the Native Land Digital website to help find which Indigenous territories your institution is located on.

Graphics and Colour

  • If the slides in your presentation include lots of graphics, try to avoid colour combinations that are challenging for those with colour-blindness. The most common combinations that cause difficulty are red/green, and yellow/blue. More information on colour-blind friendly formatting can be found in the article How to Use Color Blind Friendly Palettes to Make Your Charts Accessible.
  • If you are using any gifs/videos/media that flash rapidly across the screen, please provide a warning before you display the media for those who may be sensitive to this kind of visual content.
  • Please ensure all images, media, and language are appropriate for the conference.

Sessions may be recorded and available for a period of 1 month after CUPC.


If you are comfortable doing so, please include your preferred pronouns as part of your name on your title slide or when you join a Zoom call. For example, CUPC 2022 Co-Chair Ricky Summerlin would join a Zoom call with his name displayed as:

Ricky Summerlin (he/him)

To change your displayed name on Zoom:

  1. Go to your Zoom profile
  2. Click the edit button next to your name
  3. Include your pronouns in brackets after your name.
  4. Click save changes

Note that once you enter the meeting, you may not be able to change your name, so please be sure to include your preferred pronouns in your name before joining CUPC 2022 Zoom sessions. For more information on changing your Zoom name, see the Zoom website. As some participants may not be comfortable specifying their pronouns as part of their name, we ask that no one assumes the pronouns of a person that they are addressing. As a default, it is most accepted and respectful to refer to others using they/them pronouns.

Concerns During the Conference?

If you are experiencing difficulties of any kind – whether this is with another conference attendee, technical difficulties, or otherwise – please contact the CUPC Executive Team at cupc2022@uoguelph.ca.