What is the Undergraduate Research & Discovery Symposium?

It is a series of events that are 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 Symposium also features a keynote lecture by a distinguished researcher.

Why Participate?

The Undergraduate Research & Discovery Symposium celebrates and connects undergraduate research taking place all across UAA, and fosters scholarly discussion between students, faculty, and the community. Participation in the Symposium provides undergraduates with opportunities to gain valuable experience in both oral and visual presentation of their research. Attending the Symposium is also a great way for students who want to become involved in undergraduate research to learn about the opportunities to do so at UAA.

Symposium Undergraduate Research Fair

Each spring, the Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarship solicits abstracts from undergraduates who have or are conducting original research or creative projects. Students whose abstracts are selected for the Symposium will present their scholarly work as poster presentations. Additionally, participants' abstracts are published in the annual Symposium Proceedings.


Abstracts should follow formats consistent with the published literature in the applicant's field of study and should not exceed 250 words. Please consult with your faculty mentor or advisor. Abstracts selected for inclusion in the Symposium will be published in the annual Symposium Proceedings as they are submitted with your application. Therefore, applicants are advised to submit an edited final version approved by their faculty mentor.

Submission Guidelines: In order to be considered for participation in the 2015 Undergraduate Research & Discovery Symposium, abstracts must be submitted. Abstracts will be reviewed by faculty in the appropriate disciplines and students will be notified of the status of their abstract.


Click here for the call for abstracts.

To submit your abstract, please use the online form. 

Posters must meet these specifications.