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Undergraduate Research Exposition

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The Undergraduate Research Exposition will take place on the afternoon of April 20, 2018 from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. The Exposition will be comprised of two venues for the presentation of undergraduate research: a Symposium for oral presentations and a Poster Presentation Fair, and the awards ceremony. 


The Symposium will include participants selected by judges, reflecting the most accomplished undergraduate work throughout the College.

The Symposium will consist of four concurrent sessions, running from 12:30-1:30 p.m., in four separate locations on campus. The sessions will represent the four distinct disciplinary sections of the College: Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Engineering. For research that is truly interdisciplinary and does not fit cleanly into one of these four categories, the student will be assigned to the area deemed most appropriate. Three students will be invited to present in each session. We anticipate an allotment of twenty minutes per student: fifteen minutes for presentation and five minutes to answer questions.

Poster Presentation

The Poster Presentation Fair will serve as a place for all undergraduate students who have conducted research in the last year to present their findings to the College community.

The Poster Presentation Fair will begin at 2:00 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Rooms of Rush Rhees Library and end at approximately 3:00 p.m. Student-participants will offer brief synopses of their work to audience members traversing the room. A variety of hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be available for attendees.


The Expo Awards Ceremony will take place in the Hawkins Carlson Room of Rush Rhees Library at approximately 3:15 p.m. It will include the presentation of the President's Prizes (awarded to the top four presentations from the four disciplinary areas of the Symposium) the Deans' Prizes (awarded to the other participants in the Symposium) and the Professors' Choice Awards (awarded to four students participating in the Poster Presentation Fair). The prizes will consist of a plaque and, more importantly, the distinction of having the work recognized and celebrated. In addition, the Student Association Professor of the Year Awards will be presented.

How to Get Involved

Students who have engaged in research and who are interested in participating in the Symposium and/or the Poster Fair are requested to fill out an application form and submit it as an email attachment to the Office of Undergraduate Research by March 1. Three students from each of the four disciplinary areas in the College will be invited to present a talk at the Symposium. Review committee members will be present at the Symposium talks and they will select one student from each of the four Symposium sessions to receive the President's Prize at the award session.

Finally, whether or not you are involved in undergraduate research, we invite you to attend the Exposition and see some of the exciting things your fellow students are doing. See you at the Exposition in April!

Procedure for Students

Students should read and review all information on the Undergraduate Research Exposition web site. Please note: it is NOT necessary that the research was conducted at the UR. ALL current UR undergraduates may submit an application.

Students interested in participating in the poster fair and/or speakers symposium should fill out the application form and submit it and other required supporting documents to the Office of Undergraduate Research ( with the subject line "Expo Application - Your Name Here".

Please ask your recommender(s) to send letters of support to the Office of Undergraduate Research ( separately, with your name in the subject line. Your recommender need not be a UR faculty member; letters of support may be written by your mentor / P.I. regardless of location, institution, or affiliation.

Only applications with all required supporting material will be considered complete. Judges reviewing the applications will be looking for the following:

  • Quality of research
  • Students command of the subject
  • Topic interest to a broad audience

Important Dates

  • January 15 – Exposition applications open
  • March 1 – Student applications due by midnight
  • April 1 – Notification of decision on submissions will begin during the first week of April
  • April 21 – Undergraduate Research Exposition