Presenting your research and or creative project is an important step towards developing your personal presentation style, knowledge, and confidence about your work.

At the end of the spring semester, all Scholars are required to participate in the campus-wide Undergraduate Symposium, where they formally present their work. The 2021 Undergraduate Symposium will be held on April 8th-9th. Each Scholar must submit a mentor-approved research or creative practice abstract to be accepted into the symposium.

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What is the Undergraduate Symposium?

The Undergraduate Symposium is a campus wide opportunity for undergraduate students to present on their research and creative practice endeavors.

Timeline for 2021

  • February: Work on symposium application. Work with Mentor to finalize an abstract.
  • March 1st —FINALIZED symposium application due
    • Mentor approval on the application is required. Therefore, we encourage all students to apply early.
  • April 8th-9th—Undergraduate Research Symposium!


  • For everything you need to know about how to prepare for your presentation before and for the day of the symposium click here.

Apply Here!


  • Read the first page for instructions on how to complete the application.

7 Tips You Should Know About the Application

  • Presentation options – posters, oral presentations, flash talks, performances, films etc.
    • On the application there will be a description of each option. Also, there are brief descriptions on the website under the PREPARE tab.
  • List principle investigator as your “Primary Mentor,” and the person (i.e. post-doc, graduate student, senior undergraduate student, research assistant, etc.) you may more directly work with as “Secondary Mentor.”
  • Revise project title and abstract! Changes cannot be made after application is accepted. Your project title/abstract will be included in the Undergraduate Symposium program book.
    • Abstracts must be 125 words.
  • When writing your abstract, check on the Undergraduate Symposium website for examples of past accepted abstracts (
  • Students may present more than one project but cannot present more than one solo project (for example: a student may present a poster and also present in a group).
  • In a group project, only one student from the group submits an application. There will be a section to include all other members on the application.
  • Your Mentor will receive an email requesting approval of your application. You will receive an email either confirming Mentor approval or a notice that your Mentor did not accept your application. (Note: your Mentor will be labeled as “Recommender” on application and emailed messages in reference to the symposium application).