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Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Undergraduate Research Symposium has been Cancelled for the Spring 2020 Term

Updates for 2020: Although we are not holding the symposium this year, we will post submitted abstracts received by March 10, 2020 to the proceedings for public viewing by the end of the month. If you are a grant or awardee recipient, please check your inbox for instructions on submitting your final report. We are sorry to miss the opportunity for students to publicly share their work this term, but look forward to future opportunities to hear more about the great work done by undergraduate students at the University in the future. 

The Undergraduate Research Symposium is a chance for undergraduates to present what they have learned through their research experiences to a larger audience. The Symposium also provides a forum for students, faculty, and the community to discuss cutting edge research topics and to examine the connection between research and education. The Symposium includes poster and oral presentation sessions by students from all academic disciplines.

All UVA undergraduates involved in research are encouraged to apply using the Abstract Submission Portal and those not yet involved in research will discover that attending the Symposium is a great way to learn about the broad range of opportunities available at the UVA.

The Symposium includes projects from all disciplines and encourages interdisciplinary discourse, allowing students to learn from each other about a broad range of exciting research topics. To help participants prepare, the OUR conducts Symposium abstract writing, poster design and PowerPoint presentation workshops.

Participant abstracts are published in the Symposium Proceedings, and students can include their presentations on resumes and graduate school applications.

Schedule - note that the Symposium is cancelled for this year, but future schedules will be similar to the one below.

8:30 am to 4:00 pm


Oral/Poster Presentation Schedule

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Session I

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Session II

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Session III

Mid-day Break
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Session IV
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Session V
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Session VI

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Jefferson Public Citizens Competition

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

University Awards for the Arts Presentations

Reception and Awards Ceremony

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Keynote Speaker; Presentation of Oral/Poster Awards and Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award