2018 undergraduate Research Symposium

Friday, April 20, 2018 | 10:30 - 4:00 p.m. | Northrop Memorial Auditorium


The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual research fair that gives all undergraduate researchers a chance to share their research, scholarly and creative projects with the University community. Whether you have completed your project through a credit experience, employment, UROP or another program, you are welcome to register for the Symposium and present your research.

We encourage presentations that are not easily displayed in a poster format (performance, art display, installation, digital presentation etc). Please specify in the registration form or let us know in advance if you would like to explore alternate presentation options.


Friday, April 20, 2018
10:30 am - 4:00 pm


Northrop Memorial Auditorium,


Session 1: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Session 2: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Session 3: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Presentation Types


The maximum poster size is 42 inches x 36 inches in landscape or portrait format. You will be presenting on half of a 8 foot wide board, keep this in mind as you decide the width of your poster.

Creating posters in PowerPoint

U libraries provide help sessions in creating posters through PowerPoint.

Tips for effective poster design

U Libraries offers great tips for communicating your research through posters.

tips for poster printing

For UMTC students, you may print your poster for free if submited correctly to the Map library in Wilson Library by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11 to be printed for free.


Performance methods can include (and are not limited to) dance, music, opera, theatre and musical theatre, magic, illusion, spoken word, poetry, puppetry, and performance art.

Specify in your registration that you want to perform. Special arrangements will need to be made in the space to accommodate you.


If your research is best showcased in digital format, there are many options. You can show film, video, sound/audio, or some other digital presentation. You are responsible for bringing the laptop and/or monitor on which to show your work. Access to electricity will be available if you arrange it ahead of time.

Your digital display can also be presented with a poster, if you wish.

Specify in your registration if you want to present a digital project to make sure you have access to electricity and the appropriate equipment.

Physical Product/Installation

Examples of physical products or installations are natural or man-made objects, paintings, sculpture, 3-D Models, robotics, interactive public art, and more.

Specify in your registration if you want to have a physical installation. Special arrangements will need to be made in the space to accommodate you.



Which presentation type should I choose?

There are different ways that you can present your work at the Symposium. The most common method used by students to present research is via a poster.

You can also present art, digital displays, installations, or other tangible projects. Dance, musical, and physical performance presentations are also allowed.

What should I expect to have to do during my session time?

You will be in the Northrop Atrium with about 90 other students. Faculty members, staff, community members, Symposium judges, and other guests will be walking around the room asking questions and eager to learn about your project.

Come prepared to answer questions and explain your work.

Can a group present one project?

Yes, we encourage both individual and collaborative efforts. Please include the names of all members of your project's team when you fill out the online registration form. Each project only needs one faculty mentor.

Your group can present one poster together, however each group member must submit their own registration form. You will be asked to list the names of your other group members on the form.

Can I present if my research will not be completed by April?

Yes. You do not need your final results in order to present. Students can present research that is still in progress.

What should I wear?

You are encouraged to wear professional/business casual attire.


Have more questions?
Email urop@umn.edu,
call 612-625-3853, or stop by our office at 511 Bruininks Hall.

To request disability accommodations, please contact UROP at least 2 weeks prior to the event at urop@umn.edu or 612-625-3853.


Registration is now closed.