Information for Student Participants


If you plan to participate in the URS, please read the URS Presenter Handbook carefully. This guide contains everything you need to know to successfully participate in the URS including information about:

  • The Undergraduate Research Symposium and Showcase
  • Submitting an Abstract
  • Preparing a Presentation
  • Guidelines for the day of the URS

Note: Abstract submissions representing both on-going and completed research projects are welcome.

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 organizations across campus. Read about the Spring 2023 Special Area Competitions here!

Presenters who wish to be considered to compete in a Special Area Competition should designate that in their abstract submission form. After the abstract submission deadline, students selected for Special Area Competitions will be notified of the separate rules and procedures by the hosting department or college. Judging for most of the Special Area Competitions will take place in conjunction with the main symposium event. Some Special Area Competitions may have a separately scheduled presentation time.

Abstract Submission

Before submitting your abstract, please be sure to know the following:

  1. Any funding sources involved in your research project. It is essential that the names of all sponsors are spelled correctly and consistently.
  2. The departmental affiliation, email address, and phone number of your primary research advisor and any additional advisors involved in the research project.

Note: Your abstract must be approved by your primary research advisor prior to submission.

If you have additional questions after reading the URS Presenter Handbook and visiting the Frequently Asked Questions page, please direct them to