Undergraduate Research Symposium

Mississippi State University’s 2018 Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium will be Friday, April 13, 2018 (tentative) in Griffis Hall.

Entries will be accepted starting January 1, 2018.

Entry Deadline: TBA

Submit Your Abstract Proposal

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 through poster and oral presentation sessions.

The Undergraduate Research Symposium is hosted by the Shackouls Honors College in collaboration with the undergraduate research program funded by the National Science Foundation. Prizes for academic areas are being partially supported by Phi Kappa Phi. The Shackouls Honors College has provided summer research support to some of the students presenting with additional funding from Mississippi State University's Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) and the National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center (nSPARC).

In recognition of Mississippi State University's Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, the Undergraduate Research Symposium is pleased to be continuing to include a Community Engagement track in the spring symposium competition, sponsored by the Center for Community-Engaged Learning. There will also be seperate competitions in Public Health Research, sponsored by the Department of Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion, and a Thesis Research Competition, sponsored by the Graduate School.


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.

To help participants prepare, the Digital Media Center (DMC) at the Mitchell Memorial Library conducts a Creating Large Format Posters workshop (details TBA) and offers large format printing at a minimal cost. Students can also inquire about poster printing through their home departments or programs.

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 an entry form are allowed to present.*

*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.

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

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.