What is the Undergraduate Research & Discovery Symposium?

2012 Symposium Keynote Speaker
Laurence C. Smith, 2012 Symposium Keynote 
Laurence C. Smith, Ph.D.

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, a music gala, and the annual Juried Student Art Exhibit. The Symposium also features a keynote lecture by a distinguished researcher.\

This year's keynote speaker is Laurence C. Smith, Ph.D. Dr. Smith is Professor an Vice-Chair of Geography and Professor of Earth & Space Sciences at UCLA. His research interests include topics of northern hydrology, climate change, carbon cycles and satellite remote sensing. He has published over sixty peer-reviewed articles including articles in the journals Science and Nature, and has won more than $6M in research funding from NSF and NASA. In 2011 he won the Walter P. Kistler Book Award for The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future (Plume: New York, 2011), a general-audience book synthesizing cross-cutting themes of population demographics, economic globalization, natural resource demand, and climate change with particular emphasis on north countries. Dr. Laurence Smith will be giving his keynote lecture, "The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future" on Thursday April 12th at 7:00pm in ARTS 150. A book signing will follow the lecture.

2012 Symposium

Monday, April 9
Research Poster Fair
11:00am - 5:00pm
Rasmuson Hall Lobby

Tuesday, April 10
Research Poster Fair

9:00am - 5:00pm
Health Sciences Building 1sr, 2nd, & 3rd floor lobbies

Wednesday, April 11
Research Poster Fair
9:00am - 5:00pm
CP Integrated Sciences Building Lobby

Thursday, April 12
Research Poster Fair
9:00am - 5:00pm
Student Union

Keynote Address, Laurence C. Smith, Ph.D.
"The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping
Civilization's Northern Future"
ARTS 150

Friday, April 13
Student Research Presentations - Parallel Sessions
9:00am - 2:00pm
Gorsuch Commons 106 &107

Research Poster Fair
9:00am - 2:00pm
Great Hall, Gorsuch Commons

Reception & Poster Presentation Session
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Great Hall, Gorsuch Commons

Awards Ceremony
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Gorsuch Commons 107


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.

Deadline: March 30, 2012

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 2012 Undergraduate Research & Discovery Symposium, abstracts must be submitted by March 30, 2012. Abstracts will be reviewed by faculty in the appropriate disciplines and students will be notified of the status of their abstracts no later than April 2.

Click here for the 2012 call for abstracts.

To submit your abstract, please use the online form. 

Posters must meet these specifications and requirements.