This year, Undergraduate Research Week is April 20-24, 2020. 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."
Save the date for Undergraduate Research Week 2021 - April 19-23, 2021.
We know that many didn't expect to not walk across the stage, to not celebrate the many accomplishments of their students, and to not present the research that so many tireless hours were spent on. In these uncertain times, it's important to remember you are still appreciated; you are still important; and you are still a vital part of the undergraduate research community.
CUR is organizing a virtual undergraduate appreciation explosion on social media (Twitter and Linkedin) to take place on Thursday, April 23. What better way to celebrate excellence during this siloed time than to lift our community up?
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Undergraduate Research Week / Campus Celebrations 2020
Campus and Local Events
The 12th annual Student Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Symposium at Aquinas College (Grand Rapids, MI), will be held virtually during the week of April 27-May 1, 2020. This poster session features over 50 undergraduate researchers from a wide range of academic disciplines. Students' projects are featured on our website at Student Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Symposium
For Undergraduate Research Week, Azusa Pacific University will be honoring past recipients of our competitive Scholarly Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) award in Cornerstone
, the Office of Research and Grants quarterly newsletter. These interviews will capture the spirit of our canceled Undergraduate Research Showcase events while promoting the impressive scholarly work of our undergraduates and their dedicated faculty mentors.https://www.apu.edu/scholarfest/schedule/
2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the Student Symposium. This year’s event will take place April 20-30 and has transitioned to an online Canvas community. This judged, poster session encourages interdisciplinary discourse, allowing students to learn from each other about the topics most engaging to them. The Student Symposium is open to all Ball State students: Graduate, Undergraduate, Burris Laboratory School, and the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities. https://bsu.edu/studentsymposium
California State University Monterey Bay
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center at CSU Monterey Bay will continue its celebration of undergraduate research and scholarly activity by hosting virtual programs for both students and faculty. Participating in this national event raises the profile of the research that our undergraduates are conducting on the CSUMB campus. The week will end with our Virtual Spring Showcase, CSUMB’s finale to Undergraduate Research Week. https://csumb.edu/uroc/undergraduate-research-week
The MURACE/GC Journeys sponsored 23rd annual Student Research Conference will be hosted online. According to the conference co-chairs, Drs. Kelly Massey and Doreen Sams, so far all students have agreed to submit their projects for the virtual conference. According to Sams, “ the dates were changed to April 20th-24th to align with CUR’s National Undergraduate Research Week”. The Online conference will feature videos of student presentations that they film themselves, as well as digital versions of poster presentations. The conference will be available asynchronously, but according to Holly Croft, “there will be a comment box available from April 20th-24th so that people can still engage with the research.” According to Croft, the research projects will be divided up by the three submission criteria: Poster, Video, and Research in Progress. They will be made available to the general public on April 20th at this website: https://kb.gcsu.edu/src/2020/ To learn more about the conference, please visit https://frontpage.gcsu.edu/node/4776.
High Point University
High Point University’s 8th annual Research and Creativity Symposium (High-PURCS) will take place online on April 21, 2020. The event will showcase student scholarship in a supportive environment that models a professional venue. There will be YouTube presentations of student's work linked into the conference program online at http://www.highpoint.edu/highpurcs/
On Friday afternoon, April 17, Hope College in Holland, Michigan will celebrate student research with its 19th annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. Typically this event draws over 900 visitors a year. This year over 100 posters will be presented in a synchronous format utilizing virtual Google Hangouts rooms. Visit us at celebration.hope.edu. Posters represent all divisions of the college. Public is welcome.
Indiana University East
Indiana University East’s Student Research Day, https://www.iue.edu/researchday/, held on April 10, 2020, is an annual event in spring semester and recognizes the research, scholarly and creative work of student scholars. As a result of COVID-19 the presentations were presented and judged online. This special day recognizes the months and years of hard work of our student scholars, and in doing so, inspires others to excel in research, academic, and creative work. Students proposals build on work from academic programs and include: Honor’s, Summer Scholar’s, travel education, capstone coursework, and project based experiences. This year students, who gave permissions, provided public presentations here: https://iue.libguides.com/student-research
Johnson C. Smith University
Smith Institute for Applied Research at Johnson C. Smith University will host its annual Student Poster Competition, virtually. Leading up to the event, the Smith Institute team will prepare undergraduate students to develop quality research posters across disciplines. Entrants to the competition represent the work of both individual and team undergraduate researchers. Posters will be available for viewing Thursday, April 23rd and will close Monday, April 27th. Faculty judges from the Smith Institute's Course-Based Undergraduate Experiences (CURE) initiative will decide the winners of the event, who will receive cash prizes for the quality of their research posters.
Northern Arizona University will be holding a Virtual Symposium from Monday, April 20 – Friday, April 24. A public gallery of student work will be available during this time. Student presentations and video pitches will be available through a searchable database. Volunteer judges will provide feedback on assigned projects and will have the opportunity to engage in deeper discussions with student presenters via Zoom meeting on Friday, April 24 as part of “Follow-Up Friday.”
Northern Kentucky University
Northern Kentucky University will host an Online Celebration of Student Research and Creativity April 29-30th. NKU’s 3rd Online Celebration provides a showcase of our students’ work – making it accessible to face-to-face and online students. After the event, presentations are uploaded into our digital repository. Additionally, NKU’s School of the Arts has been presenting the artistic creativity of their students digitally through SOTA Stream throughout the Spring semester.
Northeastern State University
Each year, Northeastern State University celebrates the accomplishments of students and their faculty mentors at NSU Undergraduate Research Day. This event honors excellence in research, scholarship, and creativity by showcasing the endeavors of undergraduate students and their faculty mentors. This year our celebration has moved to a virtual format due to COVID-19 related closures. https://academics.nsuok.edu/sciencehealth/Research-Day
Piedmont College will hold its second annual Symposium, virtually on Wednesday, April 15th. Students will present on their research and creative inquiry projects during live Zoom sessions. Posters and pre-recorded presentations where students discuss their research and perform works are available on our website until the end of the semester. 138 Students will participate in our Virtual Symposium. https://www.piedmont.edu/piedmont-symposium
Providence College’s 11th annual Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity will be held online Wednesday, April 22, 2020. This event showcases the excellent scholarly, creative, and service work that Providence College students are doing on campus, in the community, and around the world. The Celebration features students from all class years and from many different departments and disciplines.
Radford University celebrates its 29th Student Engagement Forum and the first Virtual Student Engagement Forum. Many of the presentations are open to the public and can be found through April 24th. Students were encouraged to be innovative with the virtual platform where a number of students have broken their talk or poster into a series of 1-2 minute videos. These videos focused on one aspect so the audience can go through the presentation in any order they want, much like how researchers typically read a journal article or interact with a poster in person. We have encouraged audience members to view and interact with presentations from April 21st through the 24th. At the bottom of each presentation is an "add a comment" box and we are asking that people leave questions there. All authors will receive an email notifying them that they have received a comment, we hope this will create a rich virtual conversation between presenters and members of the audience. Presentations can be found at https://portfolium.com/discover/tag/RUSEF2020.
The Siena College Academic Showcase on May 1st will be a day-long, campus-wide exhibition of academic pursuit and achievement celebrated by the entire Siena community. Over 200 students across all academic disciplines will display their 2019-2020 research in poster-form; scores of students and faculty will speak during more than 45 themed presentation sessions throughout the day; and seminars, performances, and honor society inductions will be held concurrently throughout campus. All students, faculty, and staff will be highly encouraged to join in the celebration and learn from their peers. Parents and friends of the College are welcome to attend the event and celebrate the work of our students.
St. Catherine University
St. Kate's Symposium to Celebrate Undergraduate and Graduate Student Scholarship celebrations of undergraduate and graduate student scholarship were combined into a single virtual symposium – 2020 Sister Seraphim Gibbons Undergraduate Symposium and Graduate Student Research Highlights. This event celebrates the research and creative work of our students in the spirit of the St. Catherine value of Academic Excellence: We embrace a culture of learning that drives the students, faculty, and staff to discover, acquire, and apply knowledge. Follow the link below to visit the Symposium and celebrate the scholarly accomplishments of our students https://symposium.foragerone.com/stkate/projects.
Every April, Towson University hosts the Student Research & Creative Inquiry Forum, a celebration of research, scholarship, creativity and excellence. This year the Forum has moved to a virtual format. More than 100 students are participating in both live interaction and asynchronous events from Monday April 20 to Wednesday April 22. Despite the distancing, the Forum has become a truly campus-wide event. To name a few topics, the students are examining Freudian reflections through poetry; analysing the impact of global drug market on Baltimore; reflecting on strategies to help school children learn; and looking to see whether inexpensive ultrasound devices can measure muscle inflammation.
The University of Colorado Denver
The University of Colorado Denver's 23rd Annual Research and Creative Activities Symposium (RaCAS) was held May 1st - May 8th, 2020. This virtual event featured over 150 undergraduate projects and 250 student presenters. Nearly 120 members of the CU and greater Denver community served as judges. Although we couldn't be together in person, we were both excited and inspired to celebrate CU Denver's talented young scholars! The RaCAS symposium can be directly accessed at: https://sites.google.com/view/racas2020/home
The University of Illinois Springfield
The University of Illinois Springfield celebrates undergraduate research throughout the month of April. The ninth annual Student Technology, Arts & Research Symposium was held entirely online due to the COVID-19 response, on April 16-17. Over 60 students presented the results of their original scholarly and creative works, including poster and oral presentations, readings, technology demonstrations, and art installations. In addition, the Capital Scholars Honors Symposium took place on Apr 9 and 10, in which seniors presented their interdisciplinary honors theses. The month will close 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. Additionally, at the end of the semester, the UIS Brookens Library will present the Undergraduate Student Research Award to five students with the best theses that demonstrate use of library resources for research.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) Spring 2020 Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium is an online venue for undergraduate students to present their research. This asynchronous event began Friday, May 1st thru Friday, May 8th. Presentations are categorized following a three-tier organizational structure. First, presentations are organized by two broader academic disciplines: AHS – Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and HNSE – Health and Natural Sciences and Engineering. Second, each presentation appears under either oral, which consists of lightning and podium talks, or poster. Finally, a group of 4 to 6 presentations make up sessions. Judging takes place in two phases: First, all of the judge panels submit their “session winners” by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Then, the “Grand Jury” will evaluate the finalist and identify awardees of 4 different awards.
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
The 14th Annual Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo and the 1st ever Virtual Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo at University of North Carolina Greensboro took place April 20-24. The Expo was designed to be an opportunity for students to showcase research, scholarship and creative inquiry. Students communicated the results of their inquiry in a virtual space. The presentations will remain linked through the UNCG website for the foreseeable future at https://utlc.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020-TURCExpo-Awards.pdf.
University of North Florida
University of North Florida (UNF) holds an annual event during Research Week called SOARS (Showcase of Osprey Achievements in Research and Scholarship) in which students present their research and creative project posters. This year, rather than cancelling it due to COVID-19, a team from the UNF Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) and the Center for Instruction and Research Technology (CIRT) transitioned the event into the SOARS 2020 Virtual Conference website, which went live April 8, 2020. https://unfsoars.domains.unf.edu/
University of the Sciences
Considering the fast-evolving global coronavirus disease (COVID 19), and concern for the safety of the university community members and guests, the Center for Undergraduate Research at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia has moved select events of its three-day (March 10-12, 2020) Undergraduate Research Festival online. Virtual presentations include a Virtual Research Poster Exhibit, Elevator Research Talks, a 2019 CUR Events Slideshow, and an “Images of Research & Scholarship” with a Popular Choice Award going to the image with most “likes” on Facebook. Participants in the virtual research poster exhibit include USciences undergraduates, undergraduates from area colleges, and high school students. https://sites.google.com/usciences.edu/cur/undergraduate-research-festival
The University of Tennessee Knoxville
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville held it's 24th annual Exhibition of Research and Creative Achievement (EURēCA) virtually. Over 300 students presented their research via judges using Zoom and the projects are posted for viewing at https://symposium.foragerone.com/utk/projects. Students from multiple institutions presented their research through video and joined together Thursday, April 16 at 5 pm EST to answer audience questions. Starting Thursday, April 16, the platform became visible for non-UT viewers. Viewers were able to leave comments and questions for student presenters. To learn more information on EUReCA, including event details, abstract book, and kickoff and awards links, please visit EURēCA | The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
University of Utah
The Office of Undergraduate Research will be holding the Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Monday, April 20 starting at 9am. All 203 undergraduate research presentations will be available at: https://our.utah.edu/events/undergraduate-research-symposium/
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
The 28th annual Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (CERCA) was hosted for the first time via a virtual platform. Visitors can peruse a wide variety of presentations and leave feedback for our presenters. Information on CERCA, including the instruction to access the presentations, is on https://www.uwec.edu/orsp/students/cerca/. The virtual CERCA site is organized into modules that reflect broad interest areas and disciplinary categories, and will remain open until the end of the spring 2020 semester.
Utah State University
The Student Research Symposium is Utah State University’s largest showcase of student research. The SRS both celebrates student research and improves each student’s ability to communicate their research. This years symposium was held virtually, where students created videos of themselves presenting their posters and PowerPoint presentations. The schedule for the event, with abstracts and links to the individual presentations can be found at:https://research.usu.edu/srs/presentation-schedule/. The social media platform, LinkedIn was also utilized to showcase students presentations to encourage students to view this as a professional development opportunity, and to get their work in a real public forum. Student presentations can be found on LinkedIn using the hashtag #USU2020SRS. https://research.usu.edu/srs/
Westchester Undergraduate Research Conference
The 9th annual Westchester Undergraduate Research Conference took place Friday, April 17th at 9 AM as a virtual conference. The conference is co-sponsored by Mercy College and Manhattanville College. This forum for undergraduate students from any discipline to present their research featured students from 13 local colleges (Borough of Manhattan Community College, College of Mount Saint Vincent, Hostos Community College/CUNY, Iona College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice/ CUNY, Manhattanville College, Marist College, Marymount Manhattan College, Mercy College, Monroe College, New York University, Skidmore College, and Yeshiva University). Poster presentations were pre-recorded and comments could be left for the student presenters from 4/17-4/19. Zoom was utilized to support our Oral Student Platform, Keynote and Graduate Panel talks.
In a typical year, 25% of the student body of Westminster College Present at Undergraduate Research and Arts Celebration (URAC). URAC Presenters represent 98% of the Majors offered at Westminster College 80% of students who attend URAC agree that it expands their breadth of understanding of what constitutes undergraduate research. While the 2020 event has been cancelled, abstracts from the 2019 event are available online.