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

Schedule of Events

The 11th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium will take place on the second floor of McGinley on April 11, 2018.

11 a.m.: Registration begins for Participants (receive name tag and materials, load oral presentation slides onto PCs, and poster setup)

12 - 3 p.m.: Oral Presentations take place in McGinley.

3 - 3:15 p.m.: Special Remarks

3:15 - 5 p.m.: Poster Session

The abstract submission portal will open in January 2018.

As part of the annual celebration of the creative and scholarly accomplishments of our undergraduates, Fordham College at Rose Hill hosts an Undergraduate Research Symposium featuring the original work of undergraduates from all majors and programs. Through poster presentations, oral presentations, and artwork, the Undergraduate Research Symposium provides a great opportunity for students across the disciplines to share their academic projects.

Please feel free to contact Dean Rachel Annunziato with any questions.

Important Directions for Submission

Please ensure to type carefully and follow all directions on the abstract submission form, as your entry will be what appears in the symposium program. Also for this reason, 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 fcrhsymp@fordham.edu notifying the Director of Undergraduate Research of your error - do not resubmit your abstract until given the green light by the Director of Undergraduate Research.

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. (Note: Science students should make certain that the abstracts describe the background, purpose, and major outcomes of the project undertaken).
  • The faculty member under whose supervision the work was produced should be listed as an author.
  • Artistic or musical performance, or showing artwork should contact fcrhsymp@fordham.edu prior to submitting an abstract.


This year's submission deadline is Friday, March 10, 2017. The submission form below will be available January 17th, 2017.

Oral Presentation Guidelines

  • Please bring your power point presentation (if you so choose) to registration at 11am on the day of the symposium. 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).