Fall 2023 Undergraduate Research Symposium

Friday, October 27, 2023

The Fall 2023 Undergraduate Research Symposium is just around the corner!

This fall's symposium will coincide with Parent & Family Weekend, taking place in the Frick Forum and Emerson Auditorium (Bauer Hall) from 10AM - 2PM on Friday, October 27.

This event showcases the diverse range of research, creative and experiential learning projects conducted by WashU undergraduate students and mentored by WashU faculty. It provides an important opportunity for undergraduate students to share their research, engage in peer networking and cross-disciplinary conversations, and develop presentation skills. Whether you are already involved with undergraduate research, curious about getting started, or just want to cheer on the presenters... 

All are welcome to attend the symposium! 

Key Dates

  • August 30: Registration opens (provide tentative title and 250 word abstract)
    • Registration required for all participants, including Summer 2023 OUR Awardees
    • Each participant will present during one session, with the caveat that students who wish to present more than one project may do so, space allowing
  • September 20: Registration closes
  • September 29: Presenters receive session assignments
  • October 6: Presenters confirm their intent to present
  • October 18: Submission deadline (title, abstract, and poster/slides)

Explore Past Presentations

The Spring 2023 Undergraduate Research Symposium featured over 225 WashU undergraduate research presentations in various modalities.

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Event Schedule

Location and Time

Frick Forum (posters) and Emerson Auditorium (oral presentations) in Bauer Hall
Friday, October 27, 2023, multiple concurrent sessions from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Tentative Agenda

The Fall 2023 Undergraduate Research Symposium agenda includes 2 parallel sequences of events. The poster sequence offers 3 poster sessions lasting 60 minutes each. The talk sequence offers 2 sessions of brief (i.e., 5-min) student oral presentations, interleaved with a faculty panel on getting started in research across disciplines. 

Poster  Sequence

Talk Sequence

Poster Session 1

10:00 - 11:00 AM

Student Oral Presentations 1

10:30 - 11:15 AM

Poster Session 2 

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Faculty Panel on Getting Started in Research

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Poster Session 3

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Student Oral Presentations 2

1:15 - 2:00 PM


Tips for Student Registrations

  • Registration is required for all symposium participants, including Summer 2023 OUR awardees, because the OUR needs to collect student availability and presentation preferences in order to make session assignments.
  • Symposium registration requires students to provide faculty mentor contact information, a tentative title, and a draft abstract or creative statement (max: 250 words), due Wednesday, September 20, at 11:59 PM. The tentative title and abstract can be revised prior to final submission. After the September 20th registration deadline, students interested in presenting should contact the OUR (undergradresearch@wustl.edu) to inquire whether space remains available. 
  • The majority of symposium participants will give poster presentations. Poster sessions will be 60 minutes in duration, and presenters should allow at least 15 minutes before and after their session for poster setup and breakdown. Poster presenters are expected to participate in the entirety of their assigned 60-minute session; late arrivals and early departures will not be allowed. Detailed instructions are included on the registration form.
  • The OUR will also select a limited number of submissions for data-blitz-style oral presentations, which will last approximately 5 minutes followed by a brief Q&A session. Students may choose whether or not to be considered for an oral presentation.
  • If none of the available sessions fits into your schedule, please inform us via the registration form. Virtual presentations will be accommodated as needed. 
  • For group presentations, only one participant needs to submit the registration form, where they will be asked to supply the names and emails of additional group members.
  • Free poster printing through the OUR will be available to Symposium participants who submit their poster file by the October 18th submission deadline. More information about printing will be forthcoming.

Still have questions? Email us at undergradresearch@wustl.edu or visit the Symposium FAQ page.

Symposium FAQ