Mississippi State University’s Spring 2023 Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held April 13-14 in the Colvard Student Union.

The Undergraduate Research Symposium is open to all undergraduate students engaged in research and provides the opportunity for students to showcase ongoing or completed faculty-guided, cutting-edge research and creative activity. Students from diverse departments, colleges, and research centers across campus and other universities participate in poster and oral presentation sessions. The Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium is hosted by the Shackouls Honors College in collaboration with other units sponsoring undergraduate research.

The schedule for Spring 2023:

  • Physical Sciences and Engineering (poster only) - April 13th from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Social Sciences (poster only) - April 13th from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Humanities and Arts (poster or oral presentation/performance) - April 13th from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.*
  • Biological Sciences and Engineering (poster only) - April 14th from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

*Oral presentations may start earlier

Students will not be required to be at their poster for the first 30 minutes of each session, allowing time for them to visit other posters, and no evaluations will take place during this time. Evaluators and visitors will be allowed from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. for morning sessions and 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. for afternoon sessions.

Student presenters must review the URS Presenter Handbook for more information before submitting an abstract.

Learn more about the Spring 2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium and see the Top Rated Projects.


The Spring 2023 Undergraduate Research Symposium welcomes the addition of new Special Area Competitions!

In addition to showcasing research in the symposium, students also have the option to enter their projects into Special Area Competitions hosted by various departments and colleges across campus. Read more about the Spring 2023 Special Area Competitions here!

All departments and organizations interested in hosting a Special Area Competition should review Creating a Special Area Competition and the Special Area Competition Fact Sheet.


Call for Evaluators for the Spring 2023 Undergraduate Research Symposium

We are looking for faculty, staff, and graduate students to serve as evaluators for the upcoming Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 13-14th. Evaluators will visit assigned projects and provide constructive feedback to the undergraduate researchers. We want to ensure that each student presenter has an opportunity to discuss their research with someone!

If you are interested in serving as an evaluator, please fill out this survey. We will contact you with further instructions as the event approaches.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Discovery Director,  Dr. Anastasia Elder, at ace24@msstate.edu or 662.325.8503.