Registration Information and Presentation Guidelines

The College of Engineering's 18th Annual Research Open House on Thursday, November 5, 2020 is going VIRTUAL! 

We encourage undergraduate and graduate students to participate. The competition is open to all visitors, including student researchers from any College or University.

How is this going to work? This year, instead of a poster, students will prepare a PowerPoint presentation and a three-minute video highlighting their research. On the day of Research Open House, students will interact with judges via Zoom at their scheduled time. Judges will score the presentations online via RocketJudge. Presentation materials will also be available on the Research Open House website for the general public to view.


Registration this year is a two step process:


This allows us to know who will be a presenter, to build a schedule, and to recruit and match judges. Deadline: midnight on October 23, 2020. See more instructions below.

Register for Event



Submit your PowerPoint, three-minute video, and Zoom link. Deadline: midnight on November 1, 2020. You MUST fill out the event registration first, by October 23. See more instructions below.

Submit Presentation Materials



Be sure to have the following information readily available during the event registration process:

  1. Names of all presentation co-authors/researchers - choose one as Primary Presenter for registration and presentation to judges (must be a student)
  2. The Primary Presenter should fill out this registration form. Only one registration contact per poster is necessary
  3. Presentation title and abstract (50-100 words)
  4. Determine which department/center you want to be affiliated with for presentation judging
  5. Determine what time you will be available to present on November 5
  6. Please be accurate, as the poster titles, abstracts, and presentation time can not be changed after the event registration survey is submitted.  

After registration:

  1. Approximately one week after registration closes, you will receive an official notification with your scheduled presentation time.
  2. You will then create a Zoom meeting and provide the link.
  3. You will create a PowerPoint Presentation which you will present to the judges in real time via Zoom on the day of Virtual Research Open House.
  4. You will create a three-minute video to highlight your research. This can be a voice-over of your PowerPoint presentation, or you can get more creative, it's up to you! The video can include other researchers in your group This will be posted on the website. You will be primarily scored on your real-time presentation of your PowerPoint, but the video may enhance your score.
  5. Pleaser remember that you must register for the event by October 23. You have an extra week to finish creating your materials, which must be submitted by November 1.


PowerPoint Guidelines

Under construction - check back soon!


Three-Minute Video Guidelines

Under construction - check back soon!


Zoom Meeting Room Guidelines

Under construction - check back soon!


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Kristina Venzke in advance at 319-335-5614 or