Undergraduate Research Symposium

11th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium: April 11, 2018

Dominic Fogarasi at the URS

Dominic Fogarasi, Class of 2017, presenting at this year's symposium

The 11th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held on April 11, 2018 in the McGinley 2nd floor.

The Symposium is a showcase of the creative and scholarly accomplishments of our undergraduates, featuring the original work of students from a variety of majors and programs. Through poster presentations, oral presentations, and artwork, this event provides a wonderful opportunity for students across disciplines to share their academic projects and to celebrate with faculty members, administrators and guests.

Schedule of Events

11 a.m.: Registration
12 - 3 p.m.: Oral Presentations
3 - 3:15 p.m.: Special Remarks and Presentation of Mentor Awards
3:15 - 5 p.m.: Poster Session

2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium Highlights

The abstract submission portal will open in January 2018. Please feel free to contact Dean Rachel Annunziato with any questions.

Important Directions for Submission

Please follow all directions on the abstract submission form and review your entries carefully as they will be displayed in the symposium program.

You should only submit one abstract per project. Multiple authors should coordinate to determine who will submit their project.

If you have made an error in your submission, please email Dean Annunziato.

We look forward to reading your submissions!


Abstract Guidelines

An abstract usually acts as a summary of work already completed and is used by prospective readers to decide whether or not to read the entire text. Abstracts are usually found immediately preceding a research document (such as a thesis or dissertation), and/or in professional journals and abstract indexes (both online and in hard copy). An abstract should represent as much as is possible the quantitative and qualitative information in the document, and also reflect its reasoning.

In order to participate in the Undergraduate Research Symposium, all students must submit an abstract, or summary of their work, at the time of their application. Please heed the following guidelines when preparing your abstract:

  • Abstracts should not exceed 250 words (not including title, authors, department).
  • The abstract should clearly state the argument, summarize the evidence that supports the argument, and describe the significance of the work. 
  • The faculty member under whose supervision the work was produced should be listed as an author.
  • We encourage artistic or musical performances, or displays of artwork! Please contact Dean Annunziato during the submission process so we can work with you to make arrangements for your presentation.

Oral Presentation Guidelines

  • Oral presentations may be scheduled anytime between 12pm-3pm on the day of the symposium. 
  • At least a week before the symposium, you will receive an email with your presentation time and the name of the moderator for your session. 
  • Please bring your power point presentation (if you so choose) on the day of the symposium before your scheduled presentation time. You will load it onto the computer in your presentation room that morning and test it.
  • If you are on a panel with 4 presenters, please keep your presentations to a maximum of 8-10 minutes. For panels of 3 or less, you may have a few additional minutes each.
  • For a dynamic presentation, please try to maintain eye contact with your audience instead of reading from your paper. If you choose to use a power point, use graphics and supplemental images instead of copying and pasting from your paper.

Poster Presentation Guidelines

  • The maximum poster size is 3'x4'. Students typically prepare their own posters. The FCRH Duplicating Center, located in FMH, can print 3'x4' at a cost of $70.
  • Posters are pinned onto wall boards, which will be set up by the time of registration on the day of the symposium. We will provide you with push pins for pinning your poster to the board. As for poster content and layout, there are a variety of good resources to consult, such as Brown University (with additional links to several other helpful sites particularly tailored to different disciplines).
  • We will hold a poster making session in Spring 2018 prior to the Symposium. Stay tuned for more information!