POH Participant Materials Checklist 

Congratulations on being selected to present your research during the prestigious Posters on the Hill 2021. Virtual POH 2021 will be a little different this year. Below, we have outlined the materials that each researcher must provide to participate in the event. Please note that all items listed below must be submitted by April 9, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET. You must submit your materials via the Google Drive link supplied via email. If you are having trouble accessing the link or have additional questions, please email Liz@CUR.org

Each researcher will be provided their own individual landing page, developed by the CUR National Office. It will display the requested materials along with additional information about your research from your application. This page will also display a link and agenda to our "Meet the Researcher" sessions (more information including timing, will be provided closer to the date). Each researcher will be provided their individual landing page link closer to the event date to share with faculty, family, and friends. This link can also be used in your resume and will be available for up to one year post-event. CUR will use this landing page and the materials requested in providing marketing for this event. 

Each researcher must submit the following by April 9, 2021: 

  • Record a short, informal introduction video. 
    • ​This video should be 1:20 or less. 
    • This video can be recorded on your phone or via a computer application. The video must be saved as a .MP4 file and named in the following governance: FirstNameLastName_IntroductionVideo.MP4
    • Talking points to help you frame your video:
      • ​Introduce yourself: first name, last name, institution, class standing or graduation year, and something interesting about yourself. 
      • Answer one to two of the following questions:
        • ​What is your research about?
        • Why is it important?
        • What made you become interested in this research?
        • Do you hope to conduct further research on this topic or another and why?
        • What are your plans after you graduate?
      • Finish your video by concluding with, "Learn more about me and my research by visiting my link."
      • Example:
        • Hi, My name is Jim Shorts from the University of CUR. I am currently a senior preparing to graduate this Spring 2021. I am also the captain of my university's chess team. I am excited to be presenting my research on apple picking in the Northeast for CUR's 2021 Posters on the Hill. I began my research back in 2018 due to my love for apple pie, and I have continued on learning about the types of trees and apples grown. My research has developed a voice for apple farmers and the need for tree plantations in Washington State. Learn more about me and my research by visiting my link! 
  • ​​​Provide a high-resolution, recent headshot. 
    • ​Headshot must be 72ppi or larger and be at least 250px in height. 
    • Your Headshot can be a candid photo of you doing your research or a professional headshot if you have one. Please caption the picture and submit permissions if others are in the photo.  


More details pertaining to the preliminary agenda will be released as the dates approach. Over both days, students and their mentors will be conducting virtual meetings with Congressional members to discuss their research and advocate for the importance of undergraduate research at the federal level. On April 27, 2021, CUR will be sharing each researcher page via social media throughout the day. 

Preliminary Agenda
April 27, 2021
2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
Virtual Welcome Reception for Awardees and Faculty Mentors

RSVP here by 4/27/21
April 28, 2021
2:00 - 4:00 PM ET
Virtual Poster Reception
April 27 - 28, 2021  Meetings with Members of Congress*

*Meetings with Members of Congress: This is an essential part of your Posters on the Hill experience. To request a meeting with your representatives’ offices, draft an email to your Member of Congress and Senators, inviting them to the Posters on the Hill virtual poster reception and asking for a time to meet with them or their staff via phone or web conference (sample letter). This email should be sent as far in advance as possible to ensure you are able to get a meeting. Please allow a few days to receive a reply, Congress is very busy this time of year! If you would like, you can follow up a few days later with a phone call to the office. Find your US House of Representative, here. Find your US Senator, here (please select "Find Your Senators in the upper-left corner).

Advocacy Toolkit 

Main POH 2021 PAge

Visit CUR’s Upcoming Events page to see a list of all scheduled events.