Fall 2020 Undergraduate Research Week

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) held its first Fall Undergraduate Research Week December 1 - 3, 2020, which included virtual panels and workshops on topics ranging from getting started in research in different disciplines, to leveraging research experience towards graduate school, to student insights from conducting research in the COVID-19 era, as well as our annual Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Did you miss a live session? Still want to check out student presentations? Explore the diverse range of impressive research projects completed by WashU undergraduates still available via the ForagerOne Symposium platform; or find links to recordings of panels and workshops alongside descriptions of each session below.

Explore Student Research

Check out presentations from more than 150 student researchers who presented at this year's Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium.

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Fall Undergraduate Research Week

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Explore the diverse range of impressive research projects completed by WashU undergraduates. Find a full list of our student presenter's here.

Opening Session

Kick off Undergraduate Week with welcome remarks from the OUR’s Director, Dean Joy Kiefer.  Session includes an overview of the week’s events.

Pivoting Undergraduate Research in the COVID-era

Over the past 8 months, COVID-19 has disrupted research at the University in a myriad of ways, from, canceled research trips, to the inability to use lab space or interact with research participants, to the need to put in-person ethnographic research on hold out of consideration for community safety. In the face of these challenges, faculty and students have collaborated to develop new methods and creative approaches to keep moving forward on their projects or to develop new lines of inquiry in response to the pandemic. This panel will bring together undergraduate researchers from across the disciplines to describe how they pivoted their research in response to COVID-19 to achieve a productive summer research experience. Sharing their insights and innovations, this panel may be particularly helpful to students who are thinking about getting started in research in the coming months or who are planning to apply for summer research funding for summer 2021.

Getting Started Panels

Are you interested in getting involved in undergraduate research? Wondering how to get started? This series of faculty panels provides an opportunity for students to speak with faculty from across the University about research and how undergraduates can get involved. Learn tips for approaching faculty and what undergraduate research looks like in your discipline and others. Practice talking to faculty about your research interests in preparation for your own mentor search. All undergraduates are encouraged to pop in. Considering rotating through the panels and come with questions!

Pre-Graduate Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement Workshop

Thinking about applying to graduate school next year?  It’s never too early to start crafting your narrative and thinking about how your research experience will contribute to your application.  In collaboration with the OUR and Pre-GraduateSchool Advisors, the Writing Center will offer a workshop with tips and strategies for getting started on writing your application essays.

OUR Summer Programs Information Session

The OUR offers financial support in the form of Summer Undergraduate Research Awards and Biology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships. The OUR and MARC u-STAR Program also offer the Summer Scholars Program. Join the OUR and summer program directors to learn more about these programs and how to apply!

Leveraging Undergraduate Research for Graduate School

Have you enjoyed research as an undergraduate? Wish to continue as a grad student? In this panel, WashU graduate students and alums will discuss their journey to and through graduate school. Topics to be covered include: How to decide whether to pursue to a PhD; How to find, evaluate, and select programs; The role of an advisor in the application process and throughout graduate school; How to manage the application process and whether to go right away or take time off.