Undergraduate Research Program

Undergraduate Research Symposium

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Thank you to all of the presenters, research mentors, moderators, volunteers and attendees who made the 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, May 15, 2015 a huge success!

View a sneak peak of the photos from the 2015 Symposium, capturing the energy and excitement as more than 1,000 students showcased their research.

2015 Schedule of Events

View the searchable symposium proceedings for event schedule, abstracts, and presenter search tools.

11:00 – 11:15 a.m. Event Welcome: Interim President Ana Mari Cauce, Interim Provost Gerald J. Baldasty & Vice Provost and Dean Ed Taylor
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Poster Session 1, Mary Gates Hall Commons // 2nd Floor Balcony & 241
12:30 – 2:15 p.m. Oral Presentation Sessions 1A-1R, Mary Gates Hall and Johnson Hall Classrooms
12:45 – 2:15 p.m. Performing Arts Session, Meany Studio Theatre
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Poster Session 2, Mary Gates Hall Commons // 2nd Floor Balcony & 241
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Poster Session 3, Mary Gates Hall Commons // 2nd Floor Balcony & 241
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Visual Arts & Design Showcase, Odegaard Undergraduate Library
3:30 – 5:15 p.m. Oral Presentation Sessions 2A-2S, Mary Gates Hall and Johnson Hall Classrooms
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Poster Session 4, Mary Gates Hall Commons // 2nd Floor Balcony & 241

Note: Some sessions overlap.

Event Background

The Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium is a chance for undergraduates to present what they have learned through their research experiences to a larger audience. The Symposium also provides a forum for students, faculty, and the community to discuss cutting edge research topics and to examine the connection between research and education. The Symposium includes poster and presentation sessions by students from all academic disciplines and all three UW campuses, plus invited guests.

All UW undergraduates involved in research are encouraged to apply and those not yet involved in research will discover that attending the Symposium is a great way to learn about the broad range of opportunities available at the UW. In 2014,  1,100 undergraduates participated in the Symposium, with more than 3,500 people attending.

The Symposium includes projects from all disciplines and encourages interdisciplinary discourse, allowing students to learn from each other about a broad range of exciting research topics. To help participants prepare, the URP conducts Symposium abstract writing, poster design and PowerPoint presentation workshops.

Participant abstracts are published in the Symposium Proceedings, and students can include their presentations on resumes and graduate school applications.

Questions about the Symposium? Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Last year’s Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium was held on May 16, 2014. View the 2014 Online Proceedings for event schedule, abstracts, and presenter search tools.