Undergraduate Research Symposium

Mississippi State University’s 2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. in the Colvard Student Union.

This event will be held in person. Research posters in all categories and Arts and Humanities oral presentations/performances will be judged on the day of the symposium.

Download the event schedule!

Wearing masks is required for anyone who is unvaccinated and strongly urged for everyone else.  
CDC recommends mask indoors (updated July 27, 2021): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html
MS Department of Health recommends mask indoors (updated July 28, 2021):  https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,21866,420.html

Call for Abstracts!

Submission Deadline: 11:59pm, Wednesday, July 7, 2021

BEFORE: Review the Guidelines for Submission and Information for Participants for more information before submitting an abstract.


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.

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

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, although all student abstracts should be vetted by a faculty research mentor before being submitted.

Event 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.

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.

Research abstracts are published in the Symposium Abstract Booklet, and students can include their presentations on resumes and graduate school applications. View abstract booklets from past symposia.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.