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The 24th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

Saturday, April 24, 2021

The Symposium celebrates the diversity of undergraduate research and creative activities on campus where students share their research and creative projects.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN! To register an individual or group presentation, please click here! The registration deadline is 11:59 PM on Monday, April 5, 2021.

This year's online Symposium will be posted on Symposium by ForagerOne.

For a preview of the platform, check out the Fall 2020 Undergraduate Research Showcase at Symposium by ForagerOne!

General guidelines:
  • Format:  Presenters will upload a YouTube video of their presentation on the event website. Each registrant will receive an automated email upon submitting registration that will include the submission link.
  • Abstracts: All students will be asked to provide an abstract or artist statement of no more than 250 words describing their research/creative scholarship, as well as 2-4 keywords that could be used to search for your presentation. Students are expected to review the abstract with their mentor. The KU Writing Center website provides tips for writing abstracts; advice on writing abstracts and developing keywords can also be found on this site from Springer.
  • Awards: On the registration form, students will select whether they would like to have a judge evaluate their presentation online.  Students who are evaluated will be eligible for an Outstanding Presentation Award ($50) and will get feedback emailed to them. Students who choose not to be evaluated by a judge will not be eligible for an award.

ACE Talks: Three students will be selected to be one of the featured speakers at the 2021 online Undergraduate Research Symposium. These students will record a video of themselves presenting their research that will be posted online.  Read more about the ACE Talks.

Ways to Share Your Work 

  • There are a variety of ways you can share your research or creative scholarship through the Online Undergraduate Research Symposium!
     
    Online poster presentations: PowerPoint is an easy way to create a research poster. Please see KU poster templates here. You will create a YouTube video of your presentation to add narration and then upload the link of your YouTube video to the Symposium by ForagerOne webpage.  
    To be posted soon: 
    • <poster guide> 
    • <poster rubric>; if you choose to have your presentation evaluated by a judge when you register, this is the rubric the judges would use. 
    Online oral presentation: The presentation should take about 10 minutes if it were to be presented in person. You will create a YouTube video of their presentation and then upload the link of your YouTube video to the Symposium by ForagerOne webpage. The submission link is automatically sent to the presenter's KU email address once registration is submitted.
    To be posted soon: 
    • <oral presentation guide> 
    • <oral presentation rubric> if you choose to have your presentation evaluated by a judge when you register, this is the rubric the judges would use. 
    Online display of creative work:  Students doing a display of their creative work will make a poster (see KU poster templates here) and create a YouTube video of your narrated presentation and upload it to the Symposium by ForagerOne webpage. The submission link is automatically sent to the individual's or main registrant's KU email address once registration is submitted.
    To be posted soon: 
    • <creative talk guide> 
    • <creative talk rubric>; if you choose to have your presentation evaluated by a judge when you register, this is the rubric the judges would use.
    Online artist's talk/ performance: The presentation should take about 10 minutes if it were to be presented in person. You will create a YouTube video of their presentation and upload it to the Symposium by ForagerOne webpage. The submission link is automatically sent to the presenter's KU email address once registration is submitted.
    To be posted soon: 
    • <artist’s talk guide> 
    • <artist’s talk rubric>; if you choose to have your presentation evaluated by a judge when you register, this is the rubric the judges would use. 
 
Submitting Your Presentation
  • An automated email containing the submission link will be sent to the individual or, in the case of group presentations, the main registrant's email address.
  • Students will upload their presentation materials by 11:59 PM on Sunday, April 18th.  
The website will be launched at 8:00 AM on Saturday, April 24, 2021.

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Research teaches critical thinking and problem solving — top skills sought by employers
KU is a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research
More than 1,200 students have received Undergraduate Research Awards since 1986
KU's first valedictorian, Flora Richardson, conducted research as an undergraduate before graduating in 1873
Use research to apply what you learned in the classroom to a real problem
Students who perform research develop strong relationships with KU faculty
Research is a hands-on way to explore career options
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