Undergraduate Research Symposium

Mississippi State University’s Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium will be Tuesday, April 16, 2019 in the Colvard Student Union.

Entries will be accepted starting Januray 1, 2019!

Submit Your Abstract

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 undergraduate research programs funded by the National Science Foundation.

All student abstracts should be vetted by a faculty research mentor before being submitted. There is not an acceptance process for students to present in the 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.

To help participants prepare, the Digital Media Center (DMC) at the Mitchell Memorial Library conducts Conference Poster Design Workshops 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 with a named faculty mentor 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.