Undergraduate Research Program

Undergraduate Research Symposium

The 24th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium took place virtually on May 21, 2021. The 25th Annual Symposium is planned for May 20, 2022.

The Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium is an opportunity 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 presentations by students from all academic disciplines and all three UW campuses, plus invited guests. This year’s Symposium will be hosted virtually.


Undergraduate research addresses pressing issues of population health

Population Health Initiative recognizes ten undergraduate researchers “for their innovative and well-presented population health research work” with the Population Health Recognition Awards. Learn about the students selected for this recognition at the Population Health Initiative website.

Mentor recognition

Mentors are a crucial part of the undergraduate research experience. Each year, students nominate mentors whose commitment to their learning has made an indelible impact in their research experience. We are pleased to honor this year’s awardees.

More about the Symposium

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 2018, over 1,200 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 offers abstract writing support and resources for preparing presentations.

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

Symposium videos

President Ana Mari Cauce and Vice Provost and Dean Ed Taylor welcome video

Provost Mark Richards welcome and congratulations video


Click here to open an image of the Symposium schedule.

Looking for a specific presenter? A link to the proceedings with the links to the sessions will be emailed the week of the Symposium to registered attendees. Click here to register.

Lightning Talk Presentation Sessions

Each session will consist of several groups of 5-8 students in each group.

Session 1: 9:00–9:55 a.m.
UW President Ana Mari Cauce and Vice Provost and Dean Ed Taylor congratulate presenters and announce the recipients of the annual Undergraduate Research Mentor Awards in a kickoff welcome video.

Session 2: 10:05–10:55 a.m.
Session 3: 11:00–11:50 a.m.
Session 4: 11:55 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Session 5: 1:20–2:10 p.m.*
Session 6: 2:15–3:05 p.m.
Session 7: 3:10–4:00 p.m.
Session 8: 4:05–4:55 p.m.

10-Minute Oral Presentation Sessions

Each session will consist of several groups of 5-8 students in each group.

Session 1: 9:00–10:30 a.m.
Session 2: 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Session 3: 1:00–2:30 p.m.*
Session 4: 2:45-4:15 p.m.

Visual Arts & Design Session

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Performing Arts Presentations

12:30–2:00 p.m.*

*Provost Mark Richards afternoon video address will be shared, congratulating students who are presenting and highlighting the critical role undergraduate research plays in sustaining and promoting the UW’s culture of research excellence.


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