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Undergraduate Research Week

This year, the week of April 9, 2018, is Undergraduate Research Week.  On November 16, 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives declared the week of April 11, 2011, as "Undergraduate Research Week." Since that time, CUR has designated a week in April each year as "Undergraduate Research Week."

Campus and Local Events

To submit your event, please send by April 6, 2018, a two- or three-sentence statement of the event(s); your campus logo; a link to the press release, website, or video; and/or a photograph to urw@cur.org.  Submissions sent after April 6 may not be posted during Undergraduate Research Week.

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

BackgroundOn April 12, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will host its first ever STEPS (Student Engagement Programs) Symposium: Undergraduate Research Conference. The symposium will highlight mentored research across the campus with both research talks and poster presentations. Students submitted videos of their research project and/or poster abstracts. The top 4 speakers are chosen to deliver their research talks and the top 20 poster presentations will be put on display.

Aquinas College

Aquinas_Logo_StackedThe 10th annual Student Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Symposium at Aquinas College (Grand Rapids, MI), will be held on April 25, 2018. This poster session features over 50 undergraduate researchers from a wide range of academic disciplines. Students' projects are featured on our website.

Ashland University

Ashland_UniversityAshland University College of Arts & Sciences' Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity symposium will be held April 11 from 9 am-4:30 p.m.

Austin College

AusColl_logo_clrAustin College will celebrate undergraduate research during the 6th Annual Student Scholarship Conference (ACSC) March 22-24, 2018.  Over 110  scholarly presentations by around 175 students representing 20 departments across the college will make up the 2018 ACSC.  Student research will also be highlighted during the Posey Leadership Award Celebration on April 4, 2018 and student researchers are recognized at the College’s Honors Convocation on April 26, 2018.  Undergraduate Research remains prominent throughout April with the sharing of student stories, photos, and more by Center for Research, Experiential, Artistic, and Transformative Education (CREATE)

Azusa Pacific University

AzusaAzusa Pacific University will be hosting two Undergraduate Research Showcases on Wednesday April 11 and Friday, April 13, which will highlight research conducted under the auspices of our competitive Scholarly Undergraduate Research Experience Award. Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research, each Undergraduate Research Showcase includes energetic conversations among student-faculty research teams from a variety of disciplines, providing them a platform to describe the origins, challenges, and benefits of their experience before an audience of their peers. Faculty-mentors are present to answer questions about their role in the process.

Bates College

bates-wordmark-201On April 10th, Bates College senior Samra Husremovic successfully defended her Honors Thesis on "Structure-function relationships in pyrochlore oxides." In the Bates College Chemistry Department, designation as an Honors Thesis requires a student to fulfill several requirements above and beyond a standard senior thesis, which include, exploring a novel topic, a written thesis and an oral defense with at least one external examiner, and continuous engagement in the project over two semesters. As an Honors Thesis, Samra's research will be made available to the public later this year on our institutional repository, SCARAB (Scholarly Research and Communication at Bates). 

Four Bates College students are presenting posters at the Northeast Natural History Conference (https://www.eaglehill.us/NENHC_2018/NENHC2018.shtml), as follows: Gabriel Benson, '20, Flower Size Provides Information about Nectar Production in Lyonia ligustrina (Maleberry), Jessica Duserick, '18, Urban Woodland Gardening as a Mechanism for Sustainable Landscaping and Recommendations for the Bates College Campus, Isobel Curtis, '18, The Regeneration of a Rare Forest Type, Pitch Pine Duneland, in Coastal Maine, Samantha Reiss, '18,  Phenotypic Plasticity of Pitch Pine (Pinus rigida) Across Environmental Gradients.  The first two presenters listed, Benson and Duserick, were mentored by Dr. Carla Essenberg, and the latter two, Curtis and Reiss, were mentored by Dr. Brett Huggett. Both Dr. Essenberg and Dr. Huggett are Assistant Professors in Bates College's Department of Biology.


Bay Path University

BPU_Primary-emailsignatureThe Seventh Annual Academic Achievement Day was held at Bay Path University on March 28, 2018 to celebrate our students’ accomplishments in a day long symposium.  This year over 230 students from nearly every department in the University participated in 42 different presentations or performances on topics in the social sciences, humanities, natural science, and the arts. Throughout the day the students shared their research, their talents, and their experiences with their peers. Four students who presented this year were also accepted to present at professional conferences around the country including the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting, and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting. The Division of Research and Academic Resources Dean's Award was given to two students for completing original research into the impact of peer tutoring on student success.


Butler University

Butler_LogoOn April 13, Butler University will host its 30th annual Undergraduate Research Conference. One of the longest-running and largest interdisciplinary undergraduate research conferences in the nation, this year's conference will welcome over 900 participants who will experience over 330 oral presentations and 130 poster presentations. 





California Institute of Technology

Caltech_LOGO-Orange_CMYKIn 2010 the House of Representatives declared the week of April 11 as Undergraduate Research Week. Since then, the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) has continued to celebrate this week annual to draw attention to the important role research play in the educational experience. Undergraduate Research Week 2018 will be celebrated during the week of April 9-12. Raffle tickets will be distributed at each event with the drawing held on Thursday’s Mentor Coffee Hour. Please join us for a week of celebration. 


California Northstate University

CNUResearch is a core component of teaching and learning at the California Northstate University College of Health Sciences, so much so that many faculty embed research experiences and scholarly projects within required coursework! This year our students will be presenting the results of their projects at the 2nd annual CNUCHS Student Research Day event on May 10th 2018.  We will also be acknowledging Undergraduate Research Week, April 9th – 13th, by honoring the dedication and success of our students and faculty research mentors through various events during the week!

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

California_Poly_TechFor the first time, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo took part in celebrating the Council on Undergraduate Research's Undergraduate Research Week by hosting two events. The Information Session focused on connecting students to research experiences during Summer 2018 while the Mentor / Mentee panel focused on finding the right opportunities and developing successful collaborations.  


Christopher Newport University

CNU_20logoChristopher Newport University holds a day-long student research conference. Paideia is Saturday, April 14, 2018, with two plenary talks and student presentations throughout the day.

College of Charleston

CharThe College of Charleston will hold its 30th annual Undergraduate Research Poster Session.  Over 120 posters will be presented showcasing projects in astronomy, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, geology, GIS, mathematics, neuroscience and physics.

psych-logoEvery spring, the College of Charleston’s Psychology Department hosts its Student Awards and Research Day, which is devoted to a celebration of undergraduate research.  Students give presentations on the research they have been conducting throughout the year (mostly as posters, though four are selected to give talks); our top students receive departmental awards, the criteria for which involve a certain amount of independent research.  It’s a great way to learn about the work going on in the department, recognize students’ hard work and accomplishments, and inspire other students to follow in their footsteps.


College of Coastal Georgia

CCGA_SHIP_2C_HThe College of Coastal Georgia is holding our annual undergraduate research event, SOURCE (Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Collaborative Exploration), on April 13th.  The SOURCE event is an annual campus-wide forum in which students from all disciplines present their faculty-mentored research and scholarship projects. This year’s conference will have 62 student presenters sharing a total of 35 research projects composed of 30 research posters and five oral presentations. Our undergraduate research program is in its 2nd year and gaining momentum!

Concordia University

cuw-logo-500x264-500x264Concordia University Wisconsin and Concordia University-Ann Arbor will celebrate Undergraduate Research Week with a series of events including; A Poster Forum celebrating the work of UGR grant funded projects and SURF awardees, a “drop-in” tour of labs, studios, and research resource sites, and a luncheon speaker (past president of CUR) focused on engaging faculty in undergraduate research.
CreightonUniv_286_RGBCreighton’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURAS) celebrated Undergraduate Research Week with a full complement of daily events. On Monday, April 9, cards announcing these events were delivered to our freshmen and sophomore dorms, with a tasty treat attached. On Tuesday (4.10) and Thursday (4.12) we hosted Ask an Ambassador tables in our student center, with CURAS Ambassadors on hand to chat about all things undergraduate research. On Wednesday (4.11), we hosted our peak event of the week, First Findings: A Poster Session for Creighton’s Newest Researchers, which featured freshmen and other first-time presenters. On Friday (4.13) we concluded our celebration of Undergraduate Research Week by handing out free slices of cake in the student center.
denison-university-logoDenison University celebrated Undergraduate Research Week by hosting an event on Thursday, April 12 from noon to 1:30 p.m. where about 20 students from all divisions of the college gave 3 minute presentations on their current research projects. Pizza and dessert were provided for all attending.

Eastern Connecticut State University

EasternThis annual event will showcase student research and creative activity undertaken within the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education and Professional Studies. Parents, friends, alumni, corporate representatives, as well as faculty and staff from graduate and professional schools attend this event. We invite you to join us and learn more about the scholarly work that our students do. This year’s event will take place Friday, April 13th from 8 to 4pm.

Elizabeth City State University

ECSU_logo_formalElizabeth City State University is having its Annual Undergraduate Research Week activities from April 9 - 13th, 2018.  Our theme is “Daring to Inquire and Inspire”. All departments are involved with activities from April 9 – 13, 2018. April 13th is designated as ECSU Day (Dr. Darnell Johnson’s Day) with middle and high school students specially invited to participate in: 1. university wide poster presentations; 2. interactive departmental displays; 3. the ECSU Mobile Stem Lab; and 4. movies at the Planetarium.
EmbryRiddleDiscovery Day is Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach Campus’ annual celebration of student discovery, research, and scholarship. Students, faculty, and staff come to celebrate this past year’s work with a series of poster and oral sessions followed by an awards ceremony and reception.  This year, the poster capacity was exceeded by interest and the top 70 student posters were selected to be presented on April 10.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott Campus celebrated the accomplishments of our undergraduate researchers and scholars at Discovery Day 2018, help in conjunction with our Preview Day events on March 23 and 24.  Students shared their research through poster presentations, demonstrations, briefings, and college-based featured presentations. 

Ferrum College

FerrumThe School of Arts & Humanities hosted its annual Undergraduate Creativity & Research Symposium on Tuesday, April 10 and Thursday, April 12. Thirty-four presentations were scheduled, representing the disciplines of art, English, history, media and communication, philosophy, religion, and Spanish. Prizes are awarded for top presentations and papers.Nine students from Ferrum College presented research at the Southern Regional Honors Council conference in Arlington, Va., on April 5-7,giving “FlashTalks” on ongoing research projects, and the other seven students gave poster presentations.

Florida Atlantic University

Florida_AtlanticThe Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (OURI) invites all students, faculty and staff to join us as we celebrate this year's Undergraduate Research Week, April 9 - 13.




Fordham University

Fordham_University_logoFordham University is proud to host our two signature undergraduate research events, the Fordham College at Rose Hill Eleventh Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on 4/11 and Fordham College at Lincoln Center's Arts and Research Showcase, Ars Nova, being held on 4/12. Over 400 students from diverse disciplines will be presenting their projects during these two days. Our undergraduate research journal, the Fordham Undergraduate Research Journal, will be distributed at these events as well. We are so excited to celebrate our students' achievements during this very special week.


Furman University

Furman_Academic_Logo_RGB,_675At Furman University, our centerpiece for Research Week is Furman Engaged! (FE!). In lieu of classes we have a full-day all across campus devoted to students showcasing their engaged-learning activities from the prior year. More than 500 students will participate this year, either delivering oral presentations or presenting posters. Research students are a centerpiece of FE!, especially the roughly 200 students who served as Summer Research Fellows in 2017, doing collaborative research with Furman faculty.

hastingslogoThis year on April 10th from noon to 1 pm the Morrison-Reeves Science Center will host a Pop-up Poster Session for Undergraduate Research Week.  This is a warm up for our annual Academic Showcase Day  and Honors Convocation on April 24th.  Classes are cancelled on the 24th so that all can attend student presentations of academic work across campus.  With nearly 40 presentations to choose from, there is something for everyone!

HopeVertLogoOn Friday afternoon, April 13, Hope College in Holland, Michigan will celebrate student research with its 17th annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance. At this year's event, a highlight to many faculty and students, over 380 students will descend on the DeVos Fieldhouse to present nearly 250 posters and projects from 28 departments or programs, representing all divisions of the college. Public is welcome and the college anticipates that over 800 visitors will attend.


Iona College

IonaIona College, New Rochelle, NY, celebrated their 9th annual Iona Scholars Day, on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Iona's undergraduate scholars presented 60 poster presentations, 8 panel discussions, and performing arts presentations, involving over 130 student scholars. Iona’s Scholars Day offers an opportunity to appreciate the research and scholarship of the College’s dedicated students and faculty. We look forward to next year's celebration, marking the 10-year anniversary of the Iona Scholars Day.



IUPUIThe Department of Kinesiology along with the Physical Activity & Wellness Institute sponsor a research poster day during the spring semester for those UG students that have participated in research activities that academic year. Students, with support from their Faculty Mentors, create the abstract and poster for this event with many going on to present at the IUPUI student research day later in the semester.


John Carroll University

gen_login_logoThe Celebration of Scholarship event is held each spring at John Carroll University. Now in its 17th year, this campus-wide event showcases the scholarship, creative activity, and intellectual achievement of the John Carroll community with a particular emphasis on undergraduate research.

Kennesaw State University

KennessawKennesaw State University’s 23rd Annual Symposium of Student Scholars will be held on April 19, 2018. Over 400 students will present their research as posters, oral presentations, and performances. Co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Club and the Office of Undergraduate Research, the Symposium of Student Scholars is an event to showcase student scholarship conducted at KSU during the past academic year.

Lebanon Valley College

Lebanon_Valley_CollegeCelebrating Student Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Inquiry is a celebration of student research, scholarship, and creative achievement coinciding with the Council for Undergraduate Research's week-long celebration of student accomplishments.  Inquiry 2018 will begin on April 8 with the Pi Mu Epsilon honor society induction and will conclude on Thursday, April 26. The period included induction ceremonies into national and international academic honor societies, poetry readings, musical recitals, and oral research presentations. The departmental awards ceremony was scheduled for Thursday, April 26, followed by the Inquiry symposium, a signature event showcasing LVC students' diverse talents. At the symposium, undergraduates from every academic department displayed their work to an audience of faculty, peers, Trustees, administrators, and friends of the College.

MacEwan University

MacEwanMacEwan University’s Student Research Day is an annual event that showcases and celebrates the faculty-mentored research, scholarly activity and creative achievements of MacEwan University students across all faculties and disciplines. This event fosters a teaching and learning environment that supports critical and innovative thinking as part of a flourishing and robust scholarly culture. 

meredith_logo-maroonMeredith College held its 16th annual Celebrating Student Achievement (CSA) Day on April 12, 2018. CSA Day includes research presentations, posters, as well as performances and other creative projects. An impressive percentage of Meredith students — 51% — participate in undergraduate research each year. A wide-variety of disciplines, including biology, fashion, nutrition, English, and psychology, were represented during the 2018 CSA Day.

Minnesota State University Moorehead

MSUM_Symbol_ColorMinnesota State University Moorhead will host the First Annual Lab Crawl during National Undergraduate Research Week. More than a dozen labs on campus will hold open house hours to showcase our faculty-mentored undergraduate research. We are inviting students, faculty, and community members to tour during the week. Working with our Center for Geospatial Studies, we have created an interactive, online map of campus that shows lab locations and information. Crawl participants can also collect “stamps” from each lab that will enter them into a drawing for prizes to be given away at our Student Academic Conference.

Morehead State University

Morehead_State_University_logoAt Morehead State University the purpose of the Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship is to share and showcase the outstanding scholarly work of students involved in theUndergraduate Research Fellowship program and by others, to the greater campus community. Initiated in the spring of 2006, the annual celebration has grown into a day-long event of presentations, exhibitions, and performances by students from all colleges including Business and Technology, Education, Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and Science. The event has been sponsored since its inception by MSU’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

NCATNorth Carolina A&T State University opened Undergraduate Research Week with the 2018 Spring Symposium on Monday, April 9th. The symposium featured a faculty panel informing students on how to get started in research; a 3-minute oral presentation competition; the awarding of undergraduate research graduation cords to graduating seniors; a dialogue on theatre research with a performance from students in the department of visual and performance; and ending with poster presentations.  The opening symposium drew hundreds of attendees from the university and the community.

Northern Kentucky University

nku_logoOur Celebration of Student Research and Creative Activity is about showcasing the scholarly work of our students. At Celebration, undergraduate and graduate students present their research, artistic or creative projects through posters and oral presentations, or through interactive demonstrations, performances, or exhibits. Celebration provides important recognition and acknowledgement of the excellent work and accomplishments of our students and their faculty.


Pacific Lutheran University

PLU_Side_LogoOn April 14, 2018, Pacific Lutheran University will showcase the university-wide research and creative activities of PLU students during the Dr. Rae Linda Brown Undergraduate Research Symposium. The symposium brings together the exciting faculty-mentored undergraduate research work occurring across campus in multiple inter-disciplinary sessions.


Queensborough Community College

QueensboroughThe SACNAS QCC chapter is hosting an event on April 11 to celebrate “National Undergraduate Research Week”. Central to the celebration are a Panel Discussion and a UR Fair that will provide students with the opportunity to learn more about the impact of research and technological innovation on health, safety, quality of life, and local & global economies. The panelists will stress the importance of training and diversifying the next generation of STEM researchers and educators and will discuss how advocates and effective science communicators can strengthen the relationship between the research community, policymakers, and the public.
The UR Fair portion will have UR students sharing their experiences and the broader impact of their research projects and they will encourage other students to seek research opportunities on and off campus. This event will also serve to honor “Mathematics & Statistics Awareness Month”. An additional highlight of the week is participation in April 14’s “March for Science” satellite march in New York City.

Rice University

RiceThe first annual Inquiry Week@Rice will celebrate undergraduate research, design, and creative work with daily events, including: Thank Your Mentor, Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium, Rice Undergraduate Journals and Java, Humanities Showcase of Research and Creative Work, Social Sciences Research Showcase, Engineering Design Showcase and Poster Session, Natural Sciences Lightning Talks, Shepherd Symphony Orchestra Open Rehearsal.

Sacred Heart University

SacredSacred Heart’s annual Academic Festival, held every April, is the culmination of all the activities related to undergraduate research at the University. This year’s Festival features new award categories and posters and papers from 160 students, a record number.

Salisbury University

SU-ColorThis April 2018, Salisbury University celebrates 20 years of our all-campus conference, the SU Student Research Conference, which features presentations, posters, and performances from at least 300 student researchers from across the disciplines. This year during Research Week, 37 SU students will present at NCUR 2018 in Oklahoma City. In addition, our new College of Health and Human Services hosts its first student research conference on April 6, and SU hosts it Admitted Students Day on April 7 to welcome our incoming scholars. Our Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity has an inaugural Undergraduate Research Fellows program, featuring advanced student researchers who serve as ambassadors, speak to classes, host events, and represent the best of student research possibilities

Siena College

Siena_Only_LogoSiena College will be holding our 22nd annual Academic Celebration on April 27, 2018. Close to 150 students from across the college representing a diverse set of disciplines will present their work to their peers, professors, and the community as posters and oral presentations. Inductions into honor societies and announcement of college-wide awards round out the day. 

South Georgia State College

South_Georgia_State_CollegeThe South Georgia State College (SGSC) Undergraduate Research Symposium takes place April 9-12. This week long event features posters and PowerPoint presentations from students representing diverse disciplines. There are over 30 oral presentations on topics related to biology, history, psychology and other subjects. The spring 2018 Symposium figures to be attended by 50-100 members of the SGSC community each day, which is similar to attendance figures from past events. This event brings together the SGSC community in a celebration of our students' academic accomplishments and connects us to the greater academic community as we all celebrate the importance of research.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Southern_Illinois_U_EdwardsvilleSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville is thrilled to showcase the excellent work of our undergraduate scholars at our annual Undergraduate Scholars Showcase on Thursday, April 26.  Over 125 works will be featured, and participants will include the top Senior Assignment scholars from each department, all Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) Associates, and select URCA Assistants. 

Spelman College

SpelmanThis summer, Spelman College, in conjunction with the National Science Foundation through the Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE) Program grant, will host its 2018 Summer Research Experience. This 6-week program provides opportunities for Spelman students to gain skills in developing hypothesis-driven research proposals, and be involved in research, all while connecting with faculty mentors. Activities include time in research labs, weekly CURE sponsored seminars, and a research symposium/closing ceremony where the students present their research. The Summer Research Experience also allows for the opportunity for the student researchers to travel to a national research conference where they present their research, explore post graduate opportunities and network. 

St. Catherine’s University

St_Catherines_UniversityThe Sister Seraphim Gibbons Undergraduate Research Symposium at St. Catherine University showcases research and creative work of undergraduate students in all academic disciplines. A Poster Session features works from students in the natural, health and social sciences, and is expanding to include other disciplines: students in Apparel Design display their Senior Design Showcase and our Collaborative Research Summer Scholars present their multidisciplinary projects. The Senior Art Exhibit is featured in the Art Gallery and students perform at the Music and Theater Student Showcase.The Symposium highlights the variety of creative and scholarly work happening on campus and celebrates and supports the accomplishments of our students.

St. John Fisher College

524445_300605296688635_1658180023_nAt St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY we will celebrate student research throughout the month of April through multiple events where students will share their scholarly and creative work. The largest event is our all-campus Student Scholarship and Creative Work Symposium which will feature the work of over 285 students across the disciplines.

St. Mary’s College, Indiana

stmciThe second annual Saint Mary’s Symposium on Research and Creative Scholarship will take place on April 13, 2018. This day-long event features oral and poster presentations from 80 undergraduates from across campus. Photos from last year’s symposium and more information about this year’s event can be found at the website.

St. Mary’s College of Maryland

St._Marys_College_MDSMCM students are gearing up to showcase their St. Mary’s Project presentations and posterson April 30 and May 1, 2018. The St. Mary’s Project — our most popular undergraduate research opportunity — is a culminating project of original research, scholarship, or creative performance undertaken in the senior year. Many students jump-start their work with eight weeks of intensive scholarly or creative work during a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship on campus.

Stephen F. Austin State University

Stephen_F_Austin_State_UniversityStephen F. Austin State University’s Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) celebrated its 10th year on 17 April. The URC hosts more than 50 posters and presentations from SFA students as well as area colleges. In 2019 the URC will occur on 16 April.


The College of Wooster

WoosterThe College of Wooster will be holding its annual Senior Research Symposium on Friday, April 27.  On that day, the results of the College’s dedication to mentored undergraduate research as a central principle will come to fruition, as more than 300 graduating seniors will share the results of their year-long Independent Study research and creative projects with students, faculty, alumni, and community members.  We expect there to be more than 80 hours of events happening all day and spread across campus, including oral presentations, poster presentations, performances, digital displays, documentary films and trailers, and virtual reality experiences. 

The George Washington University

GW_LogoThe George Washington University will be holding its annual Research Days, on April 10-11, 2018. GW Research Days dedicated to highlighting the breadth of research and discovery on issues of major disciplinary, cross-disciplinary and global significance undertaken at the university through poster sessions, presentations and guest speakers. Research Day One on April 10th specifically features presentations of undergraduate researchers in the humanities, arts, social sciences, natural and life sciences, and engineering.  This year, more than 200 undergraduates will be participating. 


The Pennsylvania State University

psi_chi_psu_Psi Chi: PSU Chapter will be hosting our Annual Undergraduate Research Conference this upcoming Thursday, April 12th from 230-430pm in Moore 127. Psychology faculty will be judging both empirical and conceptual research posters. Visitors Welcome!





The University of Alabama, Birmingham

Univ._of_Alabama_BirminghamOur 11th Annual Spring Undergraduate Research Expoon April 12 and 13 with over 600 students from all disciplines presenting their research in poster and oral presentations. Our First Video Research Awards Competitionwith finalists presenting as part of the oral presentation day on April 12, the students earlier had submitted 2 minute videos about their research and in the final round will present six minute TED-Talk style for a chance to win up to $1,000. Our First Social Spotlight Film Festival- a series of films that highlight the intersection of community and research and provided a space for dialogue about these important issues.  We are bringing documentary filmmaker, Kristi Jacobson to campus to be a part of the panel discussion, Q&A, and to talk about her films A Place at the Table (which deals with food insecurity) and Solitary (which deals with solitary confinement.)


UAH_logoResearch Horizons Day and Research Week at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) is a campus wide celebration held in conjunction with the individual College Honors Convocations to recognize and promote the research and creative work of students at the university.


The University of Illinois at Chicago

CAMP.CIRC.LG.REDOn April 11th, over 250 students from all disciplines (Arts, Business, Computer Science, Engineering, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, among others) will present their work one-on-one to UIC Student Research Forum attendees and judges during a high-energy 3-hour session, followed by a keynote address by Dr. Rachel Havrlock and an awards ceremony. Research presentations are accompanied by a poster or other visual display that captures the spirit of the research work and/or highlights key features of the project.The event is run parallel to UIC Impact Day, where students share the results of their engagement in other types of high impact practices over the preceding academic year.



The University of Illinois Springfield

UISThe University of Illinois Springfield celebrates undergraduate research throughout the month of April.  The seventh annual Student Technology, Arts & Research Symposium will be held on April 5-6.  Over 80 students present the results of their original scholarly and creative works, including poster and oral presentations, readings, music performances, technology demonstrations, and art installations. The UIS Brookens Library will present the Undergraduate Student Research Award. We will have two keynote speakers: national award-winning poet Chen Chen and Dr. Rashawn Ray, an expert on race relations. Ten UIS students will go on to present at the state capitol on April 26 for the University of Illinois Undergraduate Research Day. In addition, the Capital Scholars Honors Symposium will take place on Apr 13 and 20, in which seniors present their interdisciplinary honors thesis. And we’ll close the month with the presentation of the Undergraduate Research Mentor Awards, for faculty whose students have nominated them for their excellence in helping them to develop academically, professionally, and in quality of life.

The University of St. Thomas

UofStTThe University of St. Thomas is recognizing Undergraduate Research Week by hosting a student research poster display in the library rotunda, which highlights select work from multiple disciplines over the last year as well as awards and funding students have received. The display is a taste of Inquiry at UST, the campus’s semiannual student research poster sessions for students from all disciplines. UST is also hosting an informal networking event, called Open Office, for interested students to meet faculty and experienced student researchers. Individual departments are also encouraged to post current research accomplishments and opportunities for majors in their locations throughout the week.

The University of Tennessee

University_-_CenteredLogo_(RGB)The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is hosting an Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, April 13, 2018. In its 9th year, this student-organized event offers students the opportunity to present their research in an oral presentation or a similar form. Each presentation is short -- every student is given a total of 15 minutes to present and answer questions. Students from all majors and disciplines are encouraged to present their research. Over 45 students will present their research during the event.   

Tulane University

TulaneThe Center for Engaged Learning & Teaching (CELT) CELT is excited to host our annual Poster Day for student researchers and recipients of the CELT Summer and Academic Year Awards for Faculty Mentored Undergraduate Research. This is a unique opportunity for the next generation of researchers to present to the Tulane community.  The Poster Day is free and open to all faculty, staff, students, and the community. Over 40 students representing research in over 15 majors from 4 schools will display their research posters and be on hand to discuss their work.

University of Arizona

UA_Science_UndergraduateResearch_Logo_PRIMARYThe Office of Undergraduate Research in the College of Science at the University of Arizona will be celebrating National Undergraduate Research Week with a number of workshops, tours, and a social event. The Getting Started in Research Workshops will help students to identify their research interests and find research opportunities on campus. The Science Communication Workshops will go over basic principles of communication and help students to start developing their elevator pitch.


University of Bridgeport

UB_LogoUndergraduate Research Week is the University Bridgeport’s first annual celebration of undergraduate research and scholarly activity. Undergraduate Research Week will provide opportunities for undergraduates to explore UB’s vast and diverse community of research and scholarly work, and to find ways of getting involved. The week's events include an undergraduate research poster exhibition, announcement of students and faculty mentors selected for participation in UB's Summer Scholars undergraduate research program, interdisciplinary student presentations, a faculty panel discussion on incorporating research in the classroom, and a demonstration of a bomb detecting robot by the Connecticut State Troopers.

University of Colorado, Boulder

Boulder_FLThe Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) at the University of Colorado Boulder celebrated National Undergraduate Research Week by hosting the first “Sidewalk Symposium”—an event in which chalk and pavement replaced the traditional research poster.Challenged to re-think the poster format, undergraduate researchers created colorful visual presentations of their projects using nothing but chalk drawn on the sidewalk and engaged people visiting campus for Admitted Student Day (April 7, 2018). The Sidewalk Symposium is a collaborative effort of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Admissions, Strategic Relations and the Center for Student Involvement (CSI).

University of Colorado Denver

brandlogo_colors_den_rvOn April 27, 2018, CU Denver will host their 21st annual Research and Creative Activities Symposium (RaCAS), a truly multidisciplinary event that honors and celebrates undergraduate and graduate student scholarly activities of all types from all disciplines. RaCAS showcases the research and creative activities of over 200 students communicating their scholarly work through oral presentations, moderated student-organized panel discussions, films, posters, and other exhibits. RaCAS provides students who present with an opportunity to taste what it’s like to be a professional in the discipline, while providing other students with an opportunity to become inspired, connect with a mentor, and start toward presenting at next year’s symposium.

University of Dayton

University_of_DaytonMore than 1,200 University of Dayton students will share their research, artistic endeavors and academic achievements during the annual Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium, from 8 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 18.

University of New Mexico

Univ_New_MexicoThe first-ever UNM Undergraduate Research Opportunity Conference(UROC), featuring research and creative works by UNM undergraduate students, is set for Thursday, April 19 in the UNM Student Union Building (SUB). The event, sponsored by various programs, departments and colleges, is designed to promote and showcase the UNM undergraduate research activities. The goal of UROC is to provide an opportunity for undergraduate students to present their research projects in and outside of classroom/lab; create the opportunities for undergraduate students to network with faculty, graduate students, and greater UNM community; and to showcase the undergraduate research to UNM communities including donors, policymakers, local business and industries.

University of New Hampshire

University_of_New_HampshireThe annual Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) at the University of New Hampshire is the institution’s premier celebration of undergraduate academic excellence. The URC highlights the outstanding research, scholarship, and creativity of UNH undergraduates and their faculty mentors. Held over a two-week period each April, the URC will celebrate its 19th anniversary in 2018.  Students representing more than 90 disciplines – ranging from history and biomedical sciences to studio art and physics, from kinesiology and communication to electrical engineering and marketing – will share their research findings and original work in a variety of formats, including formal oral presentations, interactive poster presentations and demonstrations, artistic performances, and gallery talks. With close to 2,000 students presenting at more than 20 professional and artistic venues on both campuses (Durham and Manchester), the UNH URC is one of the largest and most diverse conferences of its kind in the country.  

University of North Carolina, Pembroke

UNC_PembrokeThe University of North Carolina Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity (PURC) Center will host the 12th annual PURC Symposium, Wednesday April 11, 2018. A campus-wide celebration of undergraduate research, creativity, and scholarly entrepreneurship, work presented during the symposium represents faculty-mentored work of UNCP students. Presenting students have taken coursework beyond the classroom and developed ideas alongside UNCP faculty members. Cathy Marcum, associate professor of Criminal Justice, Department of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University, will give the keynote address. Marcum will explore the purpose and intent of research, and if it is truly making a difference.

University of South Carolina Lancaster

Lancaster_PC_Standard_WebThe University of South Carolina Lancaster (USCL) Research Club will be hosting the 2nd Celebration of Research and Productive Scholarship (RPS) during Undergraduate Research Week. At the USCL Celebration of RPS, there will be interactive displays and mini-research projects that allow student, faculty, staff, and visitor participation. In addition, there will be several non-interactive displays describing the a variety of products that are the result of research. Finally, student and faculty speakers will discuss their recent work and there will be a display of faculty and student scholarship throughout the week at our campus library.

The Undergraduate Research Symposium provides an opportunity for students to present their work in a scholarly setting to students, faculty and other members of the University of Utah community. Undergraduate students from all disciplines are invited to present their research and creative work. https://our.utah.edu/events/undergraduate-research-symposium/

University of South Florida

Univ_of_South_FloridaOn Thursday, April 19, 2018, the Office for Undergraduate Research will host the OUR Undergraduate Research Conference. The event will be held in the Marshall Student Center (Ballroom and conference rooms) and will provide a venue for undergraduate students in all disciplines to present their current research and receive feedback from research mentors and peers.

University of Wisconsin System

university-of-wisconsin-systemOn April 11, 140 undergraduate researchers from 2- and 4-year campuses in the UW System will converge on the state capitol in Madison for the 15th annual Research in the Rotunda poster session.  Outstanding undergraduate student researchers from across the University of Wisconsin System, together with their faculty advisers, will fill the Capitol Rotunda to share their research findings on a variety of important topics with legislators, state leaders, UW alumni, and other supporters.

On April 20th, over 400 presenters from all over the state will trek to (UW) Green Bay for the 17th annual University of Wisconsin System Symposium for Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity.  https://www.uwgb.edu/uw-system-symposium/    The Symposium gives undergraduate students in all disciplines, from all University of Wisconsin institutions, an opportunity to present their scholarly work. Students participate through oral presentations, poster displays, gallery exhibits and artistic performances.


RGS_Logo_Tower_BlackThe Student Research Symposium is USU’s largest showcase of student research. Held each Research Week, SRS features over 300 graduate and undergraduate researchers who give either an oral or poster presentation about their research. Faculty judges provide feedback and awards to those with the highest scores in each category.

SRS has two primary purposes: to celebrate student research by providing an event where presenters can share their work with the campus community and to improve students’ ability to communicate their research through experience, evaluation, peer review and training.

This year, an unprecedented number of students from the arts will represent the Caine College of the Arts as part of the concurrent “Research in the Arts” event (RAD).


Vancouver Island University

VIU_20ReverseThis year, Vancouver Island University (VIU) is hosting its sixth annual CREATE Conference in Nanaimo, British Columbia. CREATE is an opportunity for students to showcase their major research and projects through posters, displays, artwork, performances, and presentations for other students and community members to enjoy. This is designed to advance the profile of student research and scholarship, to spark interest and "research curiosity," and to enable networking and the exchange of ideas. The event is being held April 11-12, 2018, as part of VIU's first annual Research Week.

Virginia Commonwealth University

VA_Commonwealth_UnivesityWe are fortunate to host a month-long series of events each April dedicated to student research at VCU.  Undergraduate and graduate students will grow as scholars when they share and promote their research at the eighth annual Student Research Weeks, April 6-27. Students enrolled in the university’s more than 200 degree programs in multiple disciplines will present their research to faculty and peers during symposiums and other events.


Wesley College

WesleyScholars Day has grown and become a signature annual event at Wesley College in Dover Delaware during which students present their research works and other creative activities from all disciplines to the entire community of friends and family members as well as faculty, fellow students, staff, industry leaders, members of government, and grant agencies that often attend the Scholars Day of festivities. Although Wesley College is a small liberal arts college, over one hundred students have submitted their applications for presentation at this year’s Scholars Day scheduled for Thursday April 19, 2018 and it is noteworthy that a number of the undergraduate research activities are sponsored (in part) with grants from the State of Delaware, the NIH-NIGMS-INBRE, the NSF-EPSCoR, the NASA DESGC, and the NSF S-STEM programs.

Winona State University

WSU_logoWinona State University holds its 12th annual Ramaley Research Celebration on Wednesday, April 11. The Ramaley Celebration is a highly anticipated event that features student poster presentations of their research accomplishments.  This year’s event will include 124 presentations by students from 13 different academic departments.


Winston Salem State University

wssu-logo-horiz-2c-primary721Winston Salem State University’s Annual Scholarship Day will be held on Thursday, April 12th.  Over 150 students will present their research/scholarly projects at a university wide poster session.  Additionally, each department is holding scholarly lectures, talks, performances, and presentations throughout the day.  The day’s events are attended by nearly every member of campus and is an exciting culmination to the school year.