The Application Process

How Can I Submit My Abstract?
What types of research and scholarship will be accepted?

The Symposium welcomes abstract submissions from students across all academic programs including education, social and physical sciences, visual and performing arts, and communication and technology to name a few.

Who submits the Symposium abstract?

The person identified as the primary presenter will complete and submit an abstract by the deadline date. The primary presenter must be an undergraduate student(s) who has participated in a single or group project. All research, scholarly work, or creative activity must be mentored by a faculty member or graduate student.

Where can I receive advice about putting together my presentation?

You may seek advice from a faculty member or anyone who assisted or helped direct your research. For example if your research began as a course project, it might be beneficial to start your inquiry with the course faculty member. If the research is on a specific topic, you could seek mentorship from faculty members from various programs who have an interest in your topic. You may receive assistance from your subject librarian. In addition, special workshops will be conducted on topics such as "writing an abstract," "creating my poster," etc.

If I have classes on the day of Symposium, can I still participate?

Students who have extenuating or unusual circumstances that do not allow them to be present for the entire program should consult with the symposium director, Ann Gosky at


The Symposium Presentation

Where can I find information on printing my poster?

Information on printing your poster can be obtained through your faculty mentor, Student Multimedia in the University Library, and/or your college department. Posters can be printed at the Fashion School for $30 per poster (for Undergraduate Research Symposium only) while supplies last. Files must be saved to a USB drive as a PDF, TIFF, JPG, PSD and/or AI formats (No Word or PowerPoint files). Students must allow 2 working days to have files printed.

What time will I present?

All student presentations will take place in the Student Center and you will be given an assigned time prior to the date of the event. 

What are the presentation requirements?

Students must follow the poster guidelines as articulated on the Undergraduate Symposium on Research Scholarship, and Creative Activity website (link to guidelines).

How will the competition be judged?

Judging of the presentations will be conducted by faculty members representing the participant’s department or discipline. Presentations will be assessed based upon your clarity in presenting:

1. The hypothesis, research question being tested, or disciplinary challenge being addressed and its importance or interest to you

2. Research and scholarly methods used

3. Accuracy of research and scholarly findings

4. Conclusions

5. Overall organizational and visual appeal

What should I wear?

The nature of the Research Symposium requires a professional dress such as dresses, suits or sport jackets, business suits, slacks etc.