Student Presentations

Student Presentation Guidelines

The following information should give students interested in preparing their abstracts and presentations enough guidelines to successfully complete a well-written abstract on their topic. More information regarding specific rubric guidelines will be posted here shortly.

Feel free to look at last years abstracts as a guideline. However, please consider the following when you are developing your own.

Student Oral and Poster Presentations are an important part of the Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference. As undergraduate physicists, we are beginning a very important part of our careers: entering the scientific workforce. The presentations are an opportunity for students to share the research they worked on through co-op, internship or external work placements. 

Oral Presentations are 10 minutes long with 2-3 minutes reserved for Q&A. Students will speak one at a time to an audience of ~30 delegates and will be accompanied by a slideshow to present their work. CUPC 2023 will have 3 segments of Oral Presentations with 3 parallel sessions each in a separate room. Due to the time allotment, CUPC 2023 will be able to accommodate 72 Oral Presentations. 

Poster Presentations are 3-5 minutes long, where presenters are accompanied by a poster to showcase the key aspects of their research. Each student will submit their poster to the CUPC 2023 Committee in advance, and upon presentation time they will find their spot within the space. Due to the room size and time allotment, there can be up to 35 Poster Presentations. Delegates and judges will have an opportunity to approach presenters and listen to their talk, interact and ask questions. Presenters will continue speaking for the entire duration of the time allotment. 

If you are interested in doing a Student Oral or Poster Presentation (or both) at CUPC 2023, please fill out the form at the top of this page. The form will have a soft deadline on September 25th, 2023. Abstract review period will take place the following week, and the finalized list of presenters’ names will be posted by the end of the day on October 2nd.  The CUPC 2023 Committee will aim to prioritize at least one presentation for every applicant, and only then accommodate a second presentation. 

Abstracts will be reviewed by a team of Physics professors at the University of Waterloo to ensure a fair assessment for all applicants. Please keep in mind that abstracts will be judged on quality, not on the timing of submission, so be sure to take your time writing.

Good luck to all applicants! We look forward to seeing all your abstracts, and we will be in touch with more information regarding presentation guidelines closer to the end of the summer. 

If you have any questions or need extra guidance writing your abstract, feel free to contact us.