Undergraduate Research Program

What is the Undergraduate Research Symposium?

The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an opportunity for students of all disciplines to showcase and present their research or project. The Symposium happens every year in the Spring and is an all-day event open to the public. In 2023, the Symposium will take place on May 19th! 

The Undergraduate Research Symposium takes place on UW’s campus at Mary Gates Hall every Spring.  

Students can choose to present their projects in one of four different ways: Poster Presentation, Oral Presentation, Performing Arts Presentation, and Visual Arts and Design Presentation. See below for an explanation of each type of presentation. 

Different Types of Presentations

For more detailed information about the process of creating the different types of presentations, please see Presenter Resources.

Poster Presentation

Students will design and print a 40- by 32-inch poster detailing their project or research. On the day of the Symposium, they will be grouped into sessions with other similar presentations and are expected to stand with their poster to talk to audience members and answer any questions they may have.

Oral Presentation

Students will create and deliver a 10-minute oral presentation and participate in a two-minute Q&A session. The oral presentation may be accompanied by a visual slideshow, handout for the audience, live demonstration, performance, and/or audience participation. On the day of the Symposium, students will be placed in a themed session with 4-6 other presenters and a faculty moderator.

Alyssa Michelle Giedd giving an oral presentation on Designing and Building TinyQuad: A Quadcopter That Weighs 1-2 Grams

Performance Arts Presentation

Students will create and deliver a 10-minute presentation. The presentation must include a performance-based component that was created as part of the research process such as music, theatre, or dance. This presentation may be accompanied by a slideshow component. On the day of the Symposium, students will be placed in a themed session with 4-6 other presenters and a faculty moderator.

Olivia M Anderson performing their piece called Embodied Object – A Physical Interrogation of the Male Gaze

Visual Arts and Design Presentation

Students will showcase art forms developed as part of the research process. This could include paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, architectural models, digital art, experimental media, jewelry, textiles, photography/film, mixed media, and more. Students are required to present their exhibit on the day of Symposium and submissions in this category might be displayed for two weeks beginning on Symposium day.

Ruby Barone standing next to their visual arts piece entitled Words and Weapons: The RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ’s Formula for Reclaiming the Power of Language

Not sure if you’re ready to present at Symposium?

Students are encouraged to present works in progress as a way to continue to build their communication skills and network with other researchers!

Interested in Applying for the Symposium?

Visit Apply For Symposium!