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The KU Undergraduate Research Symposium will take place on Saturday, April 25th, 2020.  All students presenting their research and their mentors are invited to attend the evening banquet and awards ceremony.  We will email out a separate RSVP form for the banquet in the weeks before the Symposium.

Unless we have a large increase in the number of students presenting, all students who register should be able to present at the Symposium.  However, we sometimes need to move students from oral presentation to poster presentation sessions due to limitations on the number of rooms available.  Our office will contact you in the week following the registration deadline with exact details about what type of session you will be presenting in.

If you are presenting your research as part of a group, the group should fill out one registration form together listing each student's information.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a staff member at the Center for Undergraduate Research at 785-864-5733 or

Student Information

Please fill out this form in its entirety.  We request information about the groups you participate in so that we may contact them with a list of participating students.  We only use the information about your hometown and zipcode for inclusion in a KU News press release.

Note: You do not have to belong to one of these programs in order to present your research. Your responses will only be used to help us communicate your participation to your programs.

Mentor Information

All research presented at the KU Undergraduate Research Symposium must be mentored by a faculty or staff member.  Please talk to your mentor about your plans to present your work before filling out this form.  Hitting the submit button below will trigger an auto-generated email to your research mentor to let them know you've applied to present.

Project Information

The information you submit in this section will be directly copied and pasted into the symposium program booklet that will be on the Center's website.  Additionally, this information will be used for a KU News Press Release.  Please consult your faculty mentor to be sure your project title and abstract are appropriate, as they cannot be changed. You can consult the KU Writing Center webpage for tips on writing abstracts.

We will notify you of your presentation format and schedule as soon as possible. Please note that the number of oral presentation spots are limited and will be awarded based on the abstract you submit.  If you select oral presentation as your first choice, you may be contacted later and asked to present a poster instead. 

NOTE: We have a limited number of spots available for students who would like to display their research posters on a large monitor instead of using a printed poster. Priority will be given to students who would otherwise have to pay to print their posters themselves.
Students who elect not to be judged will not be eligible to win an Outstanding Presentation Award.

(Optional) ACE Talk Application

Students can apply to give one of three ACE Talks during the opening session of the Symposium.  Guidelines and details about the ACE Talks ($500 award) can be found on the ACE Talk page.  If you apply to give an ACE Talk and are not selected as one of the winners, we will put you in a regular session on the day of the Symposium.

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