The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is excited to sponsor a Fall Undergraduate Research Week December 1 - 3, 2020, which will include our annual Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium as a venue for students to present their research to the greater WashU community. The Symposium will open December 1st and run concurrently with 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.
To participate, go to the Welcome Page starting December 1. On the page, there will be two links in the upper right hand corner that will be most useful to you: “Presentations” and “Live Sessions.”
- The Presentations page is home to students’ pre-recorded posters, talks, exhibits, and performances. You may filter by subject area or search by presenters' names or poster titles. Anyone can view the posters, but you will be asked to create a ForagerOne Symposium account in order to comment on posters and interact with other virtual attendees. From the welcome page, click on the “Sign in” tab on the upper right to create an account. You must use an approved @wustl.edu email address to create your account.
- Visit the Live Sessions tab to find Zoom links for the schedule of panels and workshops included below.
Fall Undergraduate Research Week Agenda
December 1 - 3
Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium
Explore the diverse range of impressive research projects completed by WashU undergraduates throughout the week. Find a full list of our student presenter's here.
Tuesday, December 1
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Opening Session
Kick off Undergraduate Week with welcome remarks from the OUR’s Director, Dean Joy Kiefer. Session will include an overview of the week’s events.
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 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.
Wednesday, December 2
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!
- 3:00 p.m. – 4 p.m. STEM (Chemistry, Engineering, Math and Physics)
- 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Biology
- 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Humanities
- 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. The Social Sciences
Thursday, December 3
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 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.
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 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!
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 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.