What to Expect
To get a better sense for what to expect, read below for general information about the symposium, oral and poster presentation sessions, and glimpses of past symposia.
During the traditional Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium, undergraduate students are welcomed to present research or community engagement projects to the public through the use of poster presentations or other visual displays. As a result of public health guidelines that prohibit large gatherings, the Center for Experiential Learning has transitioned from the traditional format to a virtual Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium.
This virtual format broadens creative presentation options for students. While students still have the option to upload a poster or slideshow to present their experiences, they now have the option to present these experiences through audio, video, or essay, amongst other options.
Students are able to submit their research and community engagement experiences here now through April 19, 2021 at 9:00 am CT. If you are planning to submit a poster for your presentation, you can find more detailed information, guidelines, and resources for creating and submitting it here: Instructions for Creating Posters. Multimedia are welcome for submission.
Presentations submitted to the virtual Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium will be accessible to the public here starting Saturday, April 24, 2021 and be available for evaluation from campus and community partners until Friday, April 30, 2021.
We invite faculty, staff, and community partners to evaluate student proesentations to provide constructive and positive feedback. Presentations will be available for evaluation and public viewing starting on Saturday, April 24, 2021 through Friday, April 30, 2021. Those interested in evaluating can find additional information here. Instructions for evaluating will be sent to all evaluators by Friday, April 23, 2021.
Each year at the Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium, we recognize outstanding undergraduate scholarship in research and community engagement and the faculty and graduate mentors and community partners who support and and facilitate undergraduate learning during the academic year. More information about each of the awards categories, including how to nominate outstanding students, faculty, and community partners, can be found on our awards page.
Do you have more questions about the symposium? Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.