Undergraduate Academic Affairs

May 15, 2018

Undergraduates to present research spanning academic disciplines on May 18, 2018

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

On Friday, May 18, more than 1,200 University of Washington undergraduates and visiting undrgraduates student scholars will participate in the 21st Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium — an event that is one of the largest of its kind in the nation.

The Symposium runs from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. on the UW Seattle campus. Students will present their research in poster, oral and performing arts sessions in Mary Gates Hall and Johnson Hall, and in a visual arts and design showcase in Odegaard Undergraduate Library (see event details below). UW President Ana Mari Cauce is scheduled to provide opening remarks at 11 a.m. in Mary Gates Hall.

Photo looking at poster session from above

Through undergraduate research, students contribute to groundbreaking work and gain the experience necessary to one day lead innovative research themselves. UW undergraduates are getting involved in research in increasing numbers — more than 8,400 students participated in research in 2016–17. More than 1,000 faculty, post-doc, research staff and graduate student mentors supported this year’s Symposium presenters through their research, helping students develop subject area knowledge, transferable skills and an entrepreneurial perspective that will prepare them for future employment, education and civic engagement.

Student presents her research in an oral presentationStudents will share their research on topics as diverse and broad as better diagnosis of pediatric concussions; improving regional climate prediction; innovations in pain management; predicting tooth decay; gratitude in relation to adolescent mental health; the complexity of the canoe in Samoan culture; forensic anthropology; and much, much more.

Student presents her sculpture in the visual art and design sessionThe titles of students’ presentations gives more detail about the range and complexity of their projects. A small sampling of titles include:

  • BrainNet: First Three-Person Brain-to-Brain Communication System
  • Star Formation in Low Metallicity Environments
  • Curation: A Performance
  • My Work as an Artist and Designer on the DFL’s 3D Game, Hug the Line
  • Forensic Anthropology and Human Rights in Latin America

The Symposium is open to selected undergraduates from other institutions, and we are thrilled to welcome presenters from 22 other institutions in addition to McNair Scholar institutions, the Seattle Colleges, Montana State University, Washington State University and the University of Victoria (complete list below).

The Symposium is organized by Undergraduate Academic Affairs’ Undergraduate Research Program.

Event Details

Student presents his research in a poster presentationWhat: The 21st Annual Research Symposium at the University of Washington

Who: More than 1,200 inspiring undergraduates at UW presenting ground-breaking research and selected undergraduates from other institutions

When: Friday, May 18, 2018, 11:00 a.m.­–6:00 p.m.

Where: Mary Gates Hall, select rooms in Johnson Hall, and Odegaard Undergraduate Library
Plan ahead: See event schedule and search the Online Proceedings at symposium.uw.edu.

Institutions Represented

  • Bellevue College
  • Boise State University
  • California State University San Marcos
  • College of St. Scholastica
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Everett Community College
  • Grays Harbor College
  • Heritage University
  • North Seattle College
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Pierce College
  • Portland State University
  • Shoreline Community College
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • South Seattle College
  • Seattle Central College
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • Wenatchee Valley College
  • Western Washington University
  • University of Puget Sound
  • University of Wyoming
  • Whitman College


Photos by David Ryder.