Undergraduate Research Program

Information for applicants

My Symposium

How to Apply

You may start your application on MySymposium once the application opens and return to edit and submit prior to the deadline. You will be asked to provide information about yourself, any co-presenters, your research mentors, and your project. You will also have the opportunity to apply for the Population Health Recognition Award.


For group presentations, the primary presenter should submit co-presenters’ information during the application process. Co-presenters will receive an email to verify that they are part of the group. Note that only the primary presenter may edit or submit the application.

Research Mentors

You will need to enter the names and email addresses for your research mentor(s). The application requires that at least one mentor is a faculty member or postdoctoral researcher.

Project Information

Work with your mentor to review your abstract and title before submitting. 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 view this abstract writing workshop to help you get started.

Abstract guidelines

  • 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.
  • You may write and edit your abstract in the online application system. Your application account will allow you to edit your abstract as often as you like prior to final 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:

Session Types

You may apply to present your research as a 5-minute lightning talk, a 10-minute oral presentation, a 5-minute visual arts and design presentation, or a 10-minute performing arts presentation. All presentations will be pre-recorded and played during your session with a live Q&A session.

Lightning Talk

Lightning talks are 5 minutes in length. Most students choose to present a collection of slides with an audio voice-over, but you may also create a research poster and zoom into different section of your poster as you give your talk.

Oral Presentation

Oral presentations are 10 minutes in length. Most students choose to present a collection of slides with an audio voice-over. This time limit is strictly enforced. Your presentation should be tailored to an educated, non-field expert audience.

Performing Arts

Performing arts presentations will be 10 minutes in length. Submissions for this session must have a performance based component (e.g. music, theater, or dance) created as part of, or as a result of, the research process.

Visual Arts and Design

Visual arts and design presentations will be 5 minutes in length. Submissions for this session must be art forms created as part of, or as a result of, the research process. In last year’s virtual symposium, many students created pre-recorded videos showcasing their work, some of which provided supplementary links to external sites, resources, etc. Submissions may include paintings, drawings, printing, sculpture, architectural models, digital arts, experimental media, jewelry, textiles, photography/film, mixed media, and more.

More questions?

Visit our Symposium FAQ or email urp@uw.edu.


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