Research Presentations and Conferences

Participating in research is just one part of undergraduate scholarship. UAA offers students several opportunities to hone public speaking and presentation skills and to take their work out into the world.

  • OURS Undergraduate Research & Discovery Symposium (April)
    A series of events is held each April to celebrate undergraduate achievements throughout the university. The Symposium is an opportunity for students in all disciplines to present and display their research and creative work to the university and the community. Featured events include the Undergraduate Research Awards ceremony and project presentations, the Student Showcase academic conference and music gala, and the annual Juried Student Art Exhibit. The Symposium also features a keynote lecture by a distinguished researcher. Students funded by OURS research grants are required to give both poster and oral presentations of their work. Their posters are featured in a weeklong Poster Fair, culminating in a poster presentation the last day of the symposium. This information is included in OURS grant award letters and is communicated directly to funded students. Students who do not have OURS funding but would like to present a poster of an undergraduate research project or creative activity can submit an abstract to participate in the poster session held on the last day of the symposium. These abstracts are due at the beginning of April and you can find more information about abstract submissions here

  • UAA Student Showcase (April)
    The UAA Student showcase program highlights the extraordinary work of students throughout the University of Alaska Anchorage system and creates an opportunity for dialogue among university and community members. Students submit their best work for evaluation by objective faculty members from their discipline; selected works are presented at the Conference; and distinguished community members are invited to the Conference to evaluate, critique, and comment on students' works. Awards for top papers & projects include publication in the 2005 Student Showcase Journal and a cash prize. For more information, visit

  • Behavioral Sciences Conference of the North (April)
    Organized by UAA’s Department of Psychology, the Behavioral Sciences Conference of the North encourages student research activity and features contemporary research in the behavioral sciences. For the past 22 years, this conference has served as a liaison between UAA and the human services community and has provided continuing education to professionals and students through speakers, panel discussions and pre-convention workshops. For more information, contact the Psychology department at

  • Social Work Showcase (April)
    The School of Social Work hosts the Social Work Showcase the last Friday of Spring semester, giving MSW and BSW students the opportunity to present research projects they have completed in their respective programs.  Undergraduate students in the BSW Honors Program present the work from SWK A463 Social Work Senior Honors Research Project and MSW students present their work from SWK A698 MSW Research Project.  Presentations are 15-20 minutes in length, with peers, faculty and community members providing feedback to presenters.  This popular event gives students a chance to spotlight their work and thank advisors, project collaborators and sponsors for their role in advancing their learning.  For more information, contact the UAA School of Social Work at (907) 786-6900.