Frequently Asked Questions

Mentored Learning

What is mentored learning?

Mentored learning is a BYU initiative that encourages significant hands-on research and creative scholarly opportunities for undergraduates.  One-on-one or small group mentoring with faculty. Mentored experiences may involve study abroad, service projects and/or internships where environments are clearly learning-centered and engage BYU faculty and qualified adjunct faculty with students.

How will mentoring help me?

Mentoring helps prepare students for prestigious graduate programs, top career opportunities, and otherwise bless the lives of people in their families, communities and church.  Students who participate in mentored research stand out from other students and have greater opportunities to publish, present, and excel in their fields.

How do I get involved in mentored learning?

Class Projects:  Some classes require you to complete a research project.  You may use that project to present at the conference. Group and individual projects are encouraged and accepted. 

Individual Interest:  You may have a particular idea of what you would be interested in researching.  Search for a faculty member that shares that interest and see if they are willing to guide your project.  

Faculty Invitations:  You may be selected by a faculty member to assist with their research.



How do I participate in the Fulton Conference?

  • Complete a research project (for a class or independently, but with a faculty mentor)
  • Make a poster
  • Register by the deadline
  • Attend the conference and free luncheon (dressed professionally)

How does participating in the conference help me?

  • Your participation gives you an opportunity to develop your presentation skills by articulating your findings to a broad audience.
  • It may help clarify your future educational and career goals. 
  • It looks good on a resume.
  • Networking- you get to know faculty members who may write letters of recommendation. 
  • You may be able to publish your findings.
  • It helps prepare you to present at other national and international conferences.
  • You learn more about the research process.



Can I submit more than one poster?

Yes.  You are welcome to submit as many research posters as you would like.

Can I submit a poster that I presented at a conference earlier this year?

Yes, as long as the poster follows the guidelines.  If you already have a 44"x33" hard copy of your poster and do not need it printed again, please contact the FHSS Design Team.

How do I cite my sources?

As listing sources on a poster takes away room for research, you are not required to list sources unless you wish to or are directed to do so by your professor.  

How many dpi (dots-per-image) should a poster's background image be?

300 dpi or more is ideal for a poster background image.

I found an error on my poster.  Can I change it after submitting?

If it is before the deadline, you are welcome to replace the poster you uploaded with an updated version. Know that no reprints are provided, so if the first poster you submitted was already printed, you will be responsible for getting your updated poster printed somewhere else.

If it is after the deadline you will be unable to make additional edits to your poster.  If it is a small error or typo, you are welcome to use white-out or paper to cover up the error at the conference.

When will the judging take place?

The judges will have access to all student posters and abstracts immediately after the poster submission deadline. They will make their final decisions during the morning session of the conference, where they have the opportunity to ask student presenters any follow-up questions.

Do I have to stay for the entire conference?

It is recommended you stay for as much of the conference as you can, but we understand class and other engagements will not allow all students to attend the entire conference.

Is the conference only for undergraduate students?

No.  All undergraduate and graduate students are invited to present.  To make the judging process fair, each department with a larger graduate student program is judged separately from the undergraduate students.

Do I need to put a poster ID # on my poster?

No.  The FHSS Design Team will place an ID # on each poster before printing.

I receive an error message every time I try to convert my PowerPoint to a PDF.  What should I do?

First read the directions about converting your PowerPoint file into a PDF on the posterguidelines page.  If you are still having difficulties, contact the FHSS Design Team and they will be able to assist you.

Why do I need to know the net IDs of my other co-investigators?

We have found this is the easiest way for each student to receive credit for their poster in the program and the judging.  If you are unable to reach your co-investigators in time to obtain their net IDs, please contact the Dean's Office at (801) 422-2083 fhss@byu.edu for assistance.

If my file is too large to submit on the website, can I submit it on a flash drive or CD?

No.  The only way to submit a poster is through the online website.  If your poster is too large for submission, please contact the FHSS Design Team for advice on how to shrink your file size without losing the quality.

My poster looks different in a PDF than it does in the program I created it in.  Will those changes show up?

Yes.  The PDF document that shows up on your screen will be exactly what is printed.  If your PDF looks different from the program you created it in, contact the FHSS Design Team for help.

What do I do with my poster when I’m done?

You could store your full size poster in the back of some closet, but eventually you’re going to want that space back. Instead, you can upload your poster to BYU’s ScholarsArchive (a repository or online storage system for research materials). This will create a permanent link to your poster and it will be open access, meaning anyone can access the file. This is a great way to preserve your work and make it available to other researchers who may be interested in your project…not to mention it’s another great addition to your resume!​ If you would like to put your conference poster in ScholarsArchive, here is more information.

Have a question not answered here? Call (801) 422-2083 or email fhss@byu.edu.​