Undergraduate Research Program

Timeline

This timeline is intended to give students and mentors an idea of the Symposium application and presentation process and should be considered approximate and subject to change.

Early January – mid February

  • Application opens late January 2021
  • Completed student applications are due by Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 11:59pm. Mentor approval of the abstract due by February 25, 2021.
  • Symposium Q&A sessions – These sessions are designed to introduce students to the Undergraduate Research Symposium, the application process, and the day-of procedures.
  • Abstract writing workshops – The abstract writing workshop, which is offered as a pre-recorded video this year, includes information on what exactly is an abstract, how to write one, and what information to include.

Late February – mid March

  • Abstract review – Review committee reads abstracts and makes revision recommendations.
  • Notification – Students are notified of the status of the application and asked to make revisions, if necessary, based on committee feedback.

Late March – mid April

  • Revisions – Students make revisions to their abstracts based on committee feedback. In some cases, students will be asked to meet with URP staff for quick (~15 minute) meetings to help with revisions. Revised abstracts will be due mid-April.
  • Confirmation – After students submit their revised abstract, URP staff review it and send an acceptance notification. At that time, students must officially confirm their participation in the Symposium via our My Symposium application system. During this process, students are able to nominate their mentor for a Research Mentor Award. Official confirmation will be due mid-April, shortly after the abstract revision deadline.
  • Session assignments – Presenters will be assigned to sessions with similarly-themed projects. Students will receive their assignment only after they have given their final confirmation (see above).
  • Presentation support – We will be offering information and resources on how to design presentations, what information to include, and how to draw the attention of your audience through the use of visual aid.

Late April – mid May

  • Continued presentation support – We will be offering information and resources on how to design presentations, what information to include, and how to draw the attention of your audience through the use of visual aid.

Friday May 21, 2021 – the 24th Undergraduate Research Symposium