This year, the week of April 8, 2019, 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."
Plan ahead for next year -- Undergraduate Research Week 2020 is April 20-24, 2020.
Undergraduate Research Week / Campus Celebrations 2019
Campus and Local Events
On April 9th, Ashland University’s College of Arts and Sciences will host its tenth annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) Symposium. The Symposium will feature 55 performances, presentations and exhibitions given by 66 students and alumni representing 14 programs of the College of Arts and Sciences.http://ashlandurca.blogspot.com/
The 11th annual Student Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Symposium at Aquinas College (Grand Rapids, MI), will be held on May 1, 2019. This poster session features more than 50 undergraduate researchers from a wide range of academic disciplines. Students' projects are featured on the website http://www.aquinas.edu/student-research/student-research-scholarship-and-creative-activity-symposium.
Ball State University
Ball State University (Muncie, IN) is hosting the annual Student Symposium on April 9, 2019. For more than 20 years, the Student Symposium has provided graduate and undergraduate students with an opportunity to present their scholarly work while gaining valuable insight from faculty and staff judges from across the university. The symposium encourages interdisciplinary discourse, allowing students to learn from their peers and mentors about engaging topics. The 2019 Student Symposium is being held during #OneBallStateDay, 24-hours of campus-wide engagement, and will host 140 poster presentations, 35 oral presentations, 240 participants, and 80 faculty mentors across all seven of the university's academic colleges.
Each spring, Binghamton University sponsors Research Days. Faculty members, academic departments and programs and student groups plan events related to research. The schedule includes open labs, seminars, poster sessions, tours, speakers and more. The week culminates with two Student Research Poster Sessions featuring more than 180 posters and more than 340 students.
On April 12, 2019, Butler University will host the 31st annual Undergraduate Research Conference. One of the nation’s largest and longest-running conferences devoted to undergraduate research, this year’s conference features 473 presentations in 27 disciplines that will be delivered by students attending 66 colleges/universities in 23 states. https://urc.butler.edu
Central College will celebrate its undergraduate research over several weeks in April and May in a number of ways: faculty and student collaborative research will be showcased in a poster session during its spring Board of Trustees meeting, student independent work will be presented in the semi-annual Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creative Inquiry in late April, and honors students will present their undergraduate theses in early May. http://www.central.edu/academics/programs/undergraduate-research/
Christopher Newport University
Christopher Newport University holds its 18th annual Paideia conference for student research on April 5, 2019. Nearly 300 students will present research and creative work in nearly 50 oral presentation sessions, 90 posters, 2 art shows, and 1 performance. The day concludes with a keynote address by noted physicist Brian Greene of Columbia University.
Concordia College in Moorhead, MN will celebrate Undergraduate Research Week on April 10 with our annual Celebration of Student Scholarship (COSS). During this daylong symposium, over 300 students mentored by faculty will share their research and creative scholarship in two poster sessions, five concurrent sessions, and a variety of academic department and program sessions. A library exemplary research award and mentor of the year award will also be announced at the event. Attendees may choose to gamify their experience by playing COSS Quest – an interactive way to engage with presenters and win COSS trading cards and prizes. Concordia celebrates excellence in URSCA of all formats across all disciplines! https://ursca.org/coss
On April 12. Eastern Connecticut State University will be holding its annual CREATE (Celebrating Research Excellence and Artistic Talent at Eastern) Conference. This 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. Every year, approximately 300 students from across disciplines participate in the conference. Conference webpage with photos: http://www.easternct.edu/create/.
Eastern Michigan University
The 39th annual Eastern Michigan Undergraduate Symposium, a celebration of the outstanding faculty-mentored work of our students, was held on Friday, March 29 in the EMU Student Center. The Symposium showcased students’ research and creative projects from a wide variety of disciplines across EMU’s five colleges. The event featured oral presentations, poster sessions, and the Crossing Lines Design Expo. https://today.emich.edu/story/story/10987
Elizabeth City State University is having its Annual Undergraduate Research Week activities on April 1–5, 2019; the theme is “Equipping Today’s Students for Tomorrow's Challenges.” Two special guest speakers are featured: Margaret Woods (Institute of Emerging Issues, NC State University) will speak on "How Local Business can ReConnect to the Community," and James Johnson Jr (William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Director, Urban Investment Strategies Center, UNC-Chapel Hill) will speak on "Preparation for an Unsparing Global Economy." All departments are involved with activities on April 1–4; April 5 is designated as University Day with 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. https://ecsurw.wixsite.com/rw2019
Farmingdale State College
Farmingdale State College will host the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) on April 26, 2019. SURC is a multidisciplinary spring-semester event hosted each year by different SUNY institutions. It brings together undergraduate student researchers and faculty mentors from across the SUNY system for activities, including sessions devoted to student presentations—oral, performance, artistic displays, and poster presentations—in all academic disciplines. https://www.farmingdale.edu/surc/
Florida International University
CURFIU is an undergraduate research conference open to ALL FIU undergraduates. This is the largest multidisciplinary research conference at FIU with presentations from all disciplines, including but not limited to STEM, social sciences, humanities, and the arts. CURFIU features presentations, posters, and workshops by top student and faculty researchers at FIU. Presenters and guests have the opportunity to meet with potential employers as well as postsecondary institutions from around the globe. This conference is free and open to the public with cash prizes awarded to the best presentations. This year’s conference will be on April 8 at the FIU Wellness & Recreation Center located on the FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus.
The George Washington University will be holding its annual Research Days, on April 9-10, 2019. 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 9th specifically features presentations of undergraduate researchers in the humanities, arts, social sciences, natural and life sciences, and engineering. This year, about 200 undergraduates will be participating. More information may be found at https://researchdays.gwu.edu/
On May 3, Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN) will host its annual Celebration of Creative Inquiry
poster session. Undergraduate students across academic disciplines highlight their achievements in research, scholarship, creativity, and dialogue.
High Point University will celebrate creative and scholarly works in its campus symposium, High Point University Research and Creativity Symposium (High-PURCS) on April 16. This year High-PURCS will include 192 undergraduates showcasing 152 projects from 29 different disciplines representing all 8 schools. Nearly 20 percent of presenters are undergraduates.
On Friday Afternoon, April 12, Hope College
in Holland, MI, will celebrate student research with its 18th annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity
. This event draws more than 800 visitors a year. This year, more than 300 students will descend on the DeVos Fieldhouse to present more than 200 posters and projects from 28 departments or programs, representing all divisions of the college. Members of the public are welcome.
On April 10, the Centre for Undergraduate Research Learning (CURL) at Huron University is hosting the 3rd annual CURL Conference. The conference will feature lightning talk and poster presentations from student researchers, a keynote address from Lynne Honey (MacEwan University) on the value of research as transformative experiential learning for undergraduates, a faculty/student panel discussion reflecting on collaboration and the undergraduate research experience, and the presentation of student Summer Research Fellowship awards. The day will end with a reception celebrating student research with the launch of the 2019 edition of Huron’s undergraduate research journal, the Liberated Arts.
Iona College, New Rochelle, NY, is proud to announce the launch of its Month of Excellence in Scholarly & Creative Activities
this April. Featuring more than 30 events, including performances, lectures, presentations, and more, the month-long event is a showcase and exhibition of faculty-student achievements and accomplishments in academic research, performing arts, and creative work across a variety of disciplines.The Iona Month of Excellence in Scholarly & Creative Activities is an expansion of Iona Scholars Day
that celebrates its 10th anniversary on April 9. It will feature 131 presentations, in the forms of panels, posters, videos, visual arts, and music & dance, by more than 160 student presenters who are mentored by 50 faculty member from 30 departments and programs. This year's celebration will include a "Nanoscience Symposium" with three invited speakers in the field to introduce students to diverse aspects of nanoscience and its applications for the future.
Johnson C. Smith University's Smith Institute for Applied Research and the Ronald E. McNair scholars program have teamed up to provide undergraduate students and faculty with a fun 2019 CUR Undergraduate Research Week Celebration on April 8-12. The week will feature a student research poster competition with cash prizes, a faculty research symposium, a student research resource mash-up that will include demos of the James B. Duke Memorial Library Makerspace, and a research speed mixer and awards ceremony in the STEM Innovation Center. For full details, please visit https://smithinstitute.jcsu.edu.
Kent State University
Kent State University will hold its Sixth Annual Undergraduate Symposium on Research, Scholarship and Creative Endeavors on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, from 1-5 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. The annual event, hosted by the Office of Student Research and Division of Research and Sponsored Programs, will see posters, presentations and exhibits from more than 400 Kent State students, representing majors from art to zoology, including fashion, fine arts, humanities, and the STEM fields
The LSU Discover undergraduate research program will host the inaugural LSU Undergraduate Research Week
this year on April 5-12. This week will feature events in which students can showcase their work, learn about research opportunities on campus, and tour research facilities. The featured event of this week will be the 6th annual LSU Discover Day
student symposium, a multidisciplinary event with poster and oral presentations, panels, a juried art show, and performances.
Middle Tennessee State University is hosting the Inaugural Undergraduate Research Experience and Creative Activity (URECA) Luncheon on April 8, 2019. In conjunction with national Undergraduate Research Week and the MTSU Alumni Spring Showcase, the Undergraduate Research Center invites all current and previous URECA scholars and mentors to attend the luncheon as the successes of undergraduate research are celebrated. Robert “Hoot” Gibson
, a former American naval officer and aviator, aeronautical engineer, and retired NASA astronaut, will be the keynote speaker. https://mtsu.edu/urc/
The Undergraduate Research Forum has achieved a significant milestone- 25 years of showcasing scholarly and creative works, conducted by our students, under the guidance of dedicated mentors [faculty, staff & graduate students]. The Office of Research for Undergraduates [ORU], established in 2014, is celebrating this milestone with a 2-day event, which is aligned with our mission to- Showcase research, experiential learning, and creative works across colleges;Promote synergistic & interdisciplinary pursuits; Recognize the role of research centers and research support entities across campus; and Raise early awareness of pathways for research, scholarly works, and creative endeavors. https://miamioh.edu/research/student-research/
Nazareth College's 8th Annual Creative Activity and Research Showcase (CARS) is on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. CARS is a college-wide symposium celebrating students' creative and scholarly work. CARS began in 2012, and has grown every year. This year, over 375 students will present their work in a variety of formats, including performances, posters, and paper presentations. https://www2.naz.edu/creative-activity-and-research-showcase/
North Carolina A&T State University
A celebration of undergraduate student research and creativity and faculty mentors will be held on April 10 2019, in recognition of Undergraduate Research Week. Please join us. There will be posters and presentations, creative works and a panned of students and multidisciplinary faculty will share experiences and opportunities. We will celebrate Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring. We will also recognize undergraduates who have participated in research experiences and other scholarly activities during their undergraduate academic tenure at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Symposium presenters will be awarded certificates of attendance.
On April 11, North Dakota State University is hosting the fifth annual NDSU EXPLORE event. NDSU EXPLORE is a program that encourages and celebrates the scholarly accomplishments of NDSU undergraduate students. Students present their research and creative posters and oral presentations to an audience of fellow students, faculty, staff, and the public during the event. All undergraduate students majoring in the sciences, engineering, business, arts or humanities are encouraged to participate to obtain experience and to enrich their academic experience. NDSU EXPLORE is administered by the NDSU Office of Research and Creative Activity.
Northern Kentucky University
Northern Kentucky University will showcase student research during their annual Celebration of Student Research and Creativity on April 9th. The full day event includes 200+ poster presentations, over 40 oral presentations, and 9 creative performances. A full listing of events can be found at our website: nku.edu/Celebration.
Piedmont College will hold its first annual Lions P.R.I.D.E. (Piedmont Research Innovation and Discovery Exhibition) on the Demorest campus on Wednesday, April 17. Throughout this day, Piedmont students will discuss their research, describe how study away programs broadened their horizons, and perform works that inspire them. More than 120 students will participate through oral presentations, posters, and performances. https://www.piedmont.edu/lions-pride
Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology
Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, is proud to be celebrating Undergraduate Research Week 2019 on April 8–12. Unique online activities are planned for each day of the week including new webinars, Facebook comment chats, and the release of research-related articles. Are you looking for some extra research experience or to connect with other researchers outside of the classroom? Psi Chi members and nonmembers are welcome to participate. See the full program for #PsiChiURW at https://www.psichi.org/blogpost/987366/318897/
Psi Chi: PSU Chapter at University Park will be hosting its Annual Undergraduate Research Conference on Thursday, April 11, 2019, from 2-4:30 pm in the Moore Building Lobby. Psychology faculty will be judging both empirical and conceptual research posters. Visitors welcome!
The 22nd Annual Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium at Purdue University Fort Wayne will be held on Friday, April 12, 2019, and will showcase more than 70 student poster presentations across a range of disciplines, including the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and the arts. In the months preceding the event, students work with a faculty mentor, receive feedback through an abstract review process, and attend a preparatory workshop. On the day of the event, students present their posters to teams of faculty judges, and six outstanding posters, in both undergraduate and graduate categories, receive awards with cash prizes.
Queensborough Community College
To celebrate Undergraduate Research week, QCC’s Math and Computer Science Department will host three events on Wednesday, April 10: (1) A hackathon for women in computer science, (2) A celebration of Math/Stats Awareness Month, and (3) A discussion panel that showcases the impact of UR on student success (the SACNAS QCC Chapter is co-organizing events 2 and 3). Panelists will include current students and faculty engaged in UR across many disciplines, as well as QCC alumni who participated in UR as CUNY Scholars and are now preparing to enter graduate school. In addition, QCC will host a virtual celebration of UR on campus by highlighting projects on the college website throughout the entire week. http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/ur/
Rocky Mountain College
The 6th Annual Rocky Mountain College Student Symposium will be held April 10, 2019. The symposium will feature scholarly works from students across campus, showcasing their work as short lectures, posters, demonstrations or exhibits.
The Siena College Academic Showcase on April 26 will build upon past successes and for the first time will be a day-long, campus-wide exhibition of academic pursuit and achievement celebrated by the entire Siena community. More than 150 students across all academic disciplines will display their 2018-2019 research in poster-form; scores of students and faculty will speak during more than 40 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 students.
At St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, student research will be celebrated throughout April through multiple events where students will share their scholarly and creative work. The largest event is the all-campus Student Research and Creative Work Symposium that will feature the work of more than 300 students across the disciplines.
St. Marys College of Maryland
During Undergraduate Research Week this year, the SMCM Office of Marketing, Strategic Communications & Web Services will highlight several ongoing undergraduate research projects and celebrate recent successes in the SMCM newsroom and via social media using the hashtag “#urw2019”. Posts will direct readers to SMCM’s recently updated undergraduate research webpage. SMCM students are gearing up to showcase their St. Mary’s Project presentations and posters on April 29-30, 2019. The St. Mary’s Project—the most popular undergraduate research opportunity—is a culminating project of original research, scholarship, or creative performance undertaken in the fourth year. Many students jump-start their work with eight weeks of intensive scholarly or creative work during a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship on campus.
Tennessee State University
Tennessee State University's 41st Annual Research Symposium was held April 1-5, 2019. The university-wide symposium activities included: Poster Presentations, Oral Presentations, Nursing Day, Psychology Day, Health Sciences Day and featured guest speakers from the CCDC Army Research Lab Vehicle Technical Directorate, Emory University, Fisk University, Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University. http://www.tnstate.edu/researchsymposium
University of Arizona
The Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of Arizona will be celebrating National Undergraduate Research Week with a number of activities, including workshops on "Getting Started in Undergraduate Research" and "Research Communication Skills." A Faculty Lunch and Learn Session will be offered about incorporating research and data science into a social sciences course. Finally, a poster presentation session will be hosted for the big Admitted Students Day, so current students can share their research experiences with incoming students. http://https://ur.arizona.edu/urweek19
University of Cincinnati
At UC’s Undergraduate Scholarly Showcase, hundreds of students from across the university share findings, revelations, inventions, and interpretations of the world we live in.
University of Colorado Boulder
The Scholars Conference showcases the research, scholarly and creative work conducted by the Norlin and Boettcher Scholars at the University of Colorado Boulder in a multi-modal format featuring posters, oral presentations, creative exhibits and performances. The Norlin and Boettcher Scholars are a diverse, interdisciplinary community of two-hundred talented undergraduates of all classifications.
University of Detroit Mercy
The University of Detroit Mercy will celebrate undergraduate research week by having different themed days to draw attention to undergraduate research and researchers. Undergraduate research week will culminate with the 13th annual Celebration of Scholarly Achievement where undergraduate scholarly and creative activity across the university is highlighted with a poster symposium and exhibit. This event allows students to learn more about their chosen discipline and contribute to its body of knowledge.
University of Florida
The University of Florida is celebrating Undergraduate Research Week across campus, kicking off the celebration with its 20th Annual Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 4. This year’s symposium includes more than 350 student posters, 6 CURE class presentations, 4 live performances, and a keynote address honoring 20 years of undergraduate research delivered by university president Kent Fuchs. Other events will be held daily, in more than 15 different colleges or centers on campus, on April 5-12, including dance showcases, lab tours, demonstrations, workshops, and faculty panels.
University of Maine
The 2019 UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS) will be held April 10 and features several hundred undergraduate and graduate student research and creative works with posters, oral presentations, exhibits, and more. All are welcome to this annual free event to interact one-on-one with student presenters to discuss how their work impacts the community – and beyond. http://www.umaine.edu/umss
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The Undergraduate Poster Session at the UNL Spring Research Fair will showcase over 250 undergraduate students with their research posters and creative exhibits on Monday, April 15. With support from the academic Colleges, there will be a poster competition at the Research Fair with the best posters awarded college monetary prizes and campus-wide recognition. Additionally, over thirty undergraduate students will participate the Undergraduate Research at the Capitol reception and poster session on Tuesday, April 16. State senators will meet students from their home districts to gain a fuller perspective on the importance of undergraduate research and creative activity to the state of Nebraska. Following the poster session, the posters will be on display for two weeks in the Nebraska State Capitol rotunda.
University of North Georgia
On March 22nd, UNG hosted its 24th Annual Research Conference showcasing research and creative activities from all disciplines across its five campuses. Each year, UNG hosts more than 100 student presentations in both oral presentation and poster formats.
University of Saint Joseph
On April 10, 2019, the University of Saint Joseph will be holding its 24th Annual Symposium Day. This event showcases undergraduate research and creative activities from more than 100 students in 13 different disciplines and includes oral presentations, poster presentations, and the display of creative works. A Student/Faculty Research Roundtable also is scheduled, where students of all levels can explore research happening on campus by visiting different tables and speaking one-on-one with faculty members conducting projects. The final program, as well as videos and pictures from the event, will be showcased on the university's website.
University of St. Thomas
URW at UST features the session "Meet Your Mentor," a networking event for students interested in research to meet up with potential research mentors in all fields. Past undergraduate research accomplishments will be highlighted in a poster display in the library and flyers in academic departments. As a tie-in with URW, the campus also will be hosting a graduate school information fair in conjunction with several campus offices, to offer resources and strategies for selecting the right graduate program and preparing strong application materials. https://stthomas.edu/urop/events/undergraduate-research-week-2019.html
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
In celebration of undergraduate research, the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia conducted a three-day CUR Undergraduate Research Festival. Events included an "Images of Research and Scholarship" Exhibit-Competition, "Two-Minute Elevator Research Talk" Competition, “Research Speed-Meet” (5-minute speed dating between faculty and potential research students), an Alumni Career Research Panel, CUR Recognition Lunch, and its 7th Undergraduate Research Symposium that featured four research talks and a research poster session that included USciences students and participants from Philadelphia area colleges and universities.
The University of Tampa
On April 4th, 2019 The College of Arts and Letters partnered with Cyanna Mitchell, Kathleen Becker and Kori Lannaman from the College of Natural and Health Sciences, within the Public Health Department to put on a one-night exhibition of research on exploring and understanding the perceptions of body appearance among University of Tampa (UT) students engaging in social media. The mission was to improve and empower UT students, by providing a literal platform to celebrate individual characteristics associated with body image and self-perception. Whether said in words, photography, research, or art, we’re all working towards a common goal.
The University of Utah
The Undergraduate Research Symposium at the University of Utah will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Each year, hundreds of the university’s students from all disciplines present their research or creative work in a scholarly setting to students, faculty, and other members of the University of Utah community.
Utah State University
Utah State University will celebrate its 15th annual Research Week on April 8 to 12 this year. Research Week highlights USU faculty and students and their research efforts from the past year. This year's schedule of Research Week events will feature an expanded Student Research Symposium and public awards ceremonies to showcase and celebrate research at our university. https://rgs.usu.edu/researchweek/
Scholars Day at Wesley College is an annual signature event that started in 2007. The Scholars Day festivities provide an opportunity for students to showcase and celebrate their academic achievements from the past year. In addition to the Wesley students, Scholars Day is a venue for some other colleges and organizations to showcase their work. Representatives from Delaware Technical Community College, Christiana Care Health Systems, and Rutgers University will be presenting research findings. This year, Scholars Day will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Students, peers, families, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to attend and participate. This year, 61 interactive poster presentations, 24 formal oral presentations, 1 photography exhibit, and a community vertical garden will be showcased.
Winona State University
Winona State University holds its 13th annual Ramaley Research Celebration on Wednesday, April 17. The Ramaley Celebration is a highly anticipated event that features student poster presentations of their research accomplishments. This year’s event will include 117 presentations by students from 13 different academic departments. https://www.winona.edu/undergradresearch/default.asp
Westmoreland County Community College
On Friday, April 5, 2019, Westmoreland County Community College will be celebrating undergraduate research week by hosting presentations from students and faculty members at the college. Faculty, staff, and students will be invited to hear NCUR presentations, view posters, and listen to various presentations from faculty members.