Undergraduate Research Symposium

Mississippi State University’s 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium will be Friday, August 2, 2019 in Griffis Hall.

Research posters will be displayed and judged from 1:00pm-3:30pm on all four floors of Griffis Hall. Arts & Humanities oral presentations will begin at 1:00pm in the Griffis Hall Forum Room-401. An award ceremony will follow.

Entry Deadline: 11:59pm, Monday, July 8, 2019


Please visit our Information for Applicants and Information for Participants pages for more information before submitting an abstract.

All undergraduate participants are eligible to win gift card prizes valuing $200 (1st place), $100 (2nd place), and $50 (3rd place) for each research category. The number of awards may differ in each category based on the number of participants.

There is no fee for students to participate in the Undergraduate Research Symposium, and currently, there is not an acceptance process once an entry form is submitted. All students who complete the registration form with a named faculty mentor are allowed to present. Students participating in a group research project are encouraged to submit individual abstracts and present different posters or give separate oral presentations for the same research.

Upon completion of the entry form, you will receive an email acknowledgement of your registration. If you do not receive a confirmation email, you are not registered.

Parking: All MSU students, staff, and faculty should park in their designated permit area.  Guests and visitors to MSU can either obtain a visitor permit online or visit the Parking & Transit Services office (Roberts Building-412 Lee Boulevard, Mississippi State, MS 39762) once on campus for a parking pass. The first permit online is free. A visitor permit will allow guests to park in any open space on campus except service, reserved, and handicap.

About the Symposium

The Undergraduate Research Symposium is held twice a year in the spring and summer semesters and is open to all undergraduate students engaged in research. The Symposium provides the opportunity for students to showcase faculty-guided, cutting edge research and creative activity by students from diverse departments, colleges, and research centers across campus and other universities through poster and oral presentation sessions.

The 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium is hosted by the Shackouls Honors College in collaboration with undergraduate research programs funded by the National Science Foundation.

All student abstracts should be vetted by a faculty research mentor before being submitted. All student abstract submissions are automatically entered to compete in the main symposium competition. After completing the registration form, you will receive a confirmation email of your registration. If you do not receive an email, you are not registered.

Students may submit group projects, however, there should be a designated principal presenter on the day of the symposium. The designated presenter should complete the registration form with his or her name and information. Co-authors and collaborators will be listed in the abstract booklet if included in the form. Prizes are awarded to the principal presenter only. Groups are allowed to submit individual abstracts and present different posters or give separate oral presentations for the same research. A large part of the project evaluation is being able to answer questions showing a deep understanding of the work that has been done.

Why Participate

Many undergraduates participate in faculty-guided research and creative activity throughout the year. MSU is fortunate to have many faculty that involve undergraduates in research and federally funded research programs. All undergraduates in every program of study, not just honors students, involved in research and creative works are invited and encouraged to participate in the Symposium. Visiting students to MSU are also encouraged to present.

To help participants prepare, the Digital Media Center (DMC) at the Mitchell Memorial Library conducts Conference Poster Design Workshops and offers wide-format printing at a minimal cost. Students can also inquire about poster printing through their home departments or programs.

Participant abstracts are published in the Symposium Abstract Booklet, and students can include their presentations on resumes and graduate school applications.

Summer 2019 Symposium Book Cover

Abstract Booklet from the upcoming 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium!

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.