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May 17, 2022

25th-annual Undergraduate Research Symposium celebrates undergraduate discovery

Mary Gates Hall

The Undergraduate Research Symposium, shown here in 2019, is one of the largest showcases of undergraduate research in the country.  The symposium returns online and to Mary Gates Hall on Friday.David Ryder/University of Washington

The 25th annual University of Washington Undergraduate Research Symposium returns this year on May 20 with a hybrid format including both online and in-person presentations, following two years of online only events due to the COVID pandemic.

Hosted by the Undergraduate Research Program, part of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, the event is one of the largest symposia for undergraduates in the country. This research showcase covers student contributions, demonstrating the diversity of undergraduate research from scholarly to creative, crossing disciplines and addressing pressing critical issues of our time.

Read more about this year’s participants in the Undergraduate Research Symposium and learn about the program’s history.

“The University of Washington ecosystem is on full display at the Undergraduate Research Symposium: Deep learning, mentorship, discovery, innovation, problem solving and the application of knowledge for the greater good are all articulated by students right before our eyes,” said Ed Taylor, vice provost and dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

More than 700 undergraduates are expected to present their research during the day, including lightning talks online, in-person oral and poster presentations in Mary Gates Hall and visual arts and design exhibitions in Odegaard Library. More than 1,000 faculty, post-doctorate researchers, research staff and graduate student mentors will be supporting the student researchers. In 2020, in the midst of the COVID pandemic, 8,299 students worked with UW faculty research mentors devoting about 1.5 million hours, more than 6,000 years of research, across the university’s colleges, schools, departments and research centers.

The event is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Taylor and UW Provost Mark Richards are scheduled to speak at an in-person welcome at 11:00 a.m. in Mary Gates Hall. For more information and a detailed schedule, click here.