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The 2014 Symposium

The Center for Experiential Learning is pleased to announce the Loyola Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium, Saturday, April 12, 2014, Mundelein Center, 11-4:30.*

*Please scroll to the bottom of the page to learn how this event is one of three Loyola symposia taking place right next to each other on April 12th. If you visit one, be sure to check out the others.

A key event during the university-wide Weekend of Excellence: Celebrating Transformative Education, the 2014 Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium will give undergraduate students in all disciplines the opportunity to showcase their research and/or engagement projects. This event offers presenters and attendees alike an ideal venue to explore the full range of ways that undergraduates experience learning at Loyola. 

As in previous years, the 2014 symposium will feature the work of undergraduate researchers supported by LUROP Fellowships, almost all of whom will present at the conference. Yet any Loyola undergraduate involved in a mentored or supervised research project during the previous year--through a course, a LUROP Fellowship, or an external fellowship--is welcome to present their research. Moreover, student researchers are welcome to present their work in one of two ways, either through a poster presentation, or through an academic conference-style oral presentation.

Students involved in a community engagement project during the previous year are also welcome to present their work in one of two ways, either through an oral presentation or as part of one of the poster sessions. Here too, any Loyola undergraduate students involved in a community engagement project--through a service-learning course, an internship, or a community partnership associated with a student organization--are welcome to present the ways in which they have "put knowledge in service to humanity" in alignment with Loyola's mission.

To get a better sense for what to expect at the 2014 symposium, check out the following recap of the 2013 symposium below, and view pictures from the symposium in the upper-right hand corner of this page.


Three Ways to Present and Engage

The Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium will feature three distinct ways for students to present, and for audiences to explore, research and engagement projects.

Poster Session - The poster session has traditionally been the largest component of the symposium, and typically involves student researchers from the hard sciences as well as some of the social sciences and professional schools. The poster session runs for two hours in Mundelein Auditorium, and participants should be ready to deliver a brief presentation explaining their research to anyone who passes by, and prepare to answer questions from visitors, who may not be experts in their field. Poster presenters will receive feedback from evaluators. Please review these guidelines for research posters. Check the workshop resources on this page to help you prepare your poster and presentation. Posters are due for submission by April 4th. Follow these steps to submit your poster. You are strongly encouraged to attend the last research poster workshop offered on March 24th, 2:30-4 in Sullivan 202. Sign up here.

Oral Session - Students involved in either a research or community engagement project are welcome to present in an Oral Session in which each student or group gives an 10 minute oral presentation followed by 5 minutes of questions. Oral Sessions will be held in Mundelein classrooms with AV equipment. Oral presenters are strongly encouraged to use include visual aids via Power Point presentation, Prezi, or other supplemental materials. Students will be grouped together based on the topic of their research or engagement projects, and all will receive feedback from an evaluator. Oral presenters should follow these oral presentation guidelines. You are strongly encouraged to sign up and attend the oral presentation workshop on March 14, 3:30-5, Sullivan 202.

Community Engagement Forum - The Community Engagement Forum will run concurrently with the research Poster Session, offering students an opportunity to showcase the products and impacts of community-based service and research, including work completed as part of a service-learning class, internship, or student employment position, as well as philanthropy/outreach projects of Loyola student organizations. Student presenters are encouraged to prepare community education/advocacy posters or other materials describing the key questions, issues, methods, and organizations that have framed their work; guidelines for these materials will be made available to registered presenters. If you are making a poster, these steps to submit your poster. Additional presentation modes and materials may include multimedia or interactive displays (video, audio, ePortfolio); table-top displays of student-produced materials; photo essays or other artistic products; etc. Students are encouraged to attend a Community Engagement Forum workshop on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, from 2:30 – 4:00, at Sullivan Center, Room 202.  To register, click here.


A reception and awards ceremony will follow the oral presentations, poster sessions, and community engagement forum. Research awards include the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award, the University Libraries Undergraduate Research Paper Award, the Langerbeck Award for Undergraduate Research Mentoring, and the Graduate Student Mentor Award. Additional awards will be available for students, faculty, and community partners involved in service-learning, internships, and other community-engaged work.

‌See the 2012-2013 award recipients here!

Preliminary Schedule

11-12:30    Research Poster / Community Engagement Session 1

12:30-2     Oral Presentations

2-3:30       Research Poster / Community Engagement Session 2

3:30-4:30   Awards and Reception in Galvin

Previous Symposia

Presenter Registration

Click the link above to register as a presenter.

Evaluator Registration

Click the link above to register as an evaluator.


One of Three Symposia

The Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium is one of three related research symposia taking place near each other Saturday, April 12th. If you are interested in the undergraduate symposium, you may want to check out these related events:

The School of Education Research Symposium – “A Community of Scholars”

This symposium allows undergraduate and graduate students to showcase what they have learned through their research experiences, while also providing an opportunity for faculty and students in the School of Education community to discuss current research topics in education.

Saturday, April 12 10:00 AM  – 4:00 PM

Opening Session and Continental Breakfast: McCormick Lounge, Lake Shore Campus

Student/Faculty Presentations – Cuneo Hall, Lake Shore Campus

Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Stovall, Associate Professor of Education Policy Studies and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago




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