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Undergraduate Research Symposium

Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

Although the 13th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium was postponed, we are overjoyed to celebrate the remarkable projects from 2020 in a commemorative program. Please stay tuned for details on a fall research event where we can all come back together and learn more about the wonderful discoveries made at FCRH!

Salma Youssef at the 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium

2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium Highlights

  • Attendees included over 480 students, faculty mentors, administrators and guests.
  • 330 students, mentored by over 70 faculty members, presented their projects.
  • Over 25 majors were represented.
  • Professors Asato Ikeda, Christopher Koenigsmann, and Amy Roy received mentoring awards.


Father Sullivan at 2019 Symposium


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 10-12 minutes. For panels of 3 or less, you may have a few additional minutes each. Please allow time for questions.
  • 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, we recommend including graphics and supplemental images instead of copying and pasting from your paper.

Poster Presentation Guidelines

  • Please consult with your mentor first and foremost about preparing your poster.
  • The maximum poster size is 3'x4'. The FCRH Duplicating Center, located in FMH, can print 3'x4' at a cost of $72. Please do not wait until the last minute as this is a busy time for them. 
  • 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). Possible templates may also be requested from Dean Annunziato.
  • Sarah Duncan, Graduate Assistant to Dean Annunziato, will hold office hours on Thursday 4/5 from 10:00-1:30pm in Dealy 426E for questions about posters. Please contact her beforehand to schedule an appointment.