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The Annual UW Undergraduate Research Symposium

The 17th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium was held on May 16, 2014 in Mary Gates Hall.

View the 2014 Online Proceedings (including event schedule, abstracts, and presenter search tools)

Mark your calendars for the 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, May 15, 2015.

Information for Applicants

You can check your status, register for workshops, and more at any time by returning to MySymposium. Should you have any questions, e-mail URP.

Abstract Guidelines

An abstract is a summary of your research usually presented in skeletal form, which concentrates on the essentials of a larger idea or claim. Your abstract should include sufficient information for reviewers to judge the nature and significance of your research, the adequacy of the methodology employed, and the nature of the results and/or progress to date. We strongly recommend that you attend an Abstract Writing Workshop to help you get started. If you can't make it in person, you can view a webcast of the 2012 Abstract Writing Workshop.


  • You may write and edit your abstract online. Your application account will allow you to edit your abstract as often as you like prior to final submission. You must submit your application prior to the application deadline.
  • Abstracts must be no longer than 300 words in length. For your convenience, we have provided a word count in the abstract editing box in your application.
  • For group presentations, the primary presenter should submit co-presenters' information during the application process to allow them to collaborate and edit the abstract prior to submission.

PLEASE NOTE: Your abstract will be published in the Symposium Proceedings. Therefore, you should submit a high quality version approved by your faculty mentor.

The following are useful resources for writing an abstract:

Presentation Formats

You may apply to present your research either through a poster or in a presentation session.


The poster should include a statement of the idea investigated, a description of the method or approach used, findings or progress to date, and a summary.

Your poster should be 40" x 32." Please note: your posters should not be free-standing.


Presentations are 10 minutes in length. This time limit is strictly enforced.

More Questions?

Visit our symposium FAQ.