Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is thrilled to announce the first in-person Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium since 2019!

The symposium will take place in the Frick Forum and Emerson Auditorium (Bauer Hall) throughout the day on TUESDAY, APRIL 25.

This event showcases the diverse range of research and experiential learning projects completed 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. The Spring symposium also provides a chance to celebrate the culminating achievements of our graduating seniors! 

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. We hope to see you there. 

Presenting at the Symposium

Undergraduate students from all disciplines engaged in mentored research or creative activity are invited to present their projects in poster or oral presentation sessions. Students will select presentation format and session availability during the application process. If you are uncertain whether you are required to present, please see the symposium FAQ

Important Dates

•    MARCH 15: “Intent to present” student registration forms due (please note: requires tentative title only; abstract due later)
•    APRIL 1: Participants receive assigned presentation formats and times
•    APRIL 15: Final presentations titles, abstract, and poster files (if printing through the OUR) due


Submit your the tentative presentation title and your preferred presentation format and time.


Event Schedule & Important Tips

Tentative Symposium Schedule 

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Time Event
9 - 10am Oral Presentations 1
10:30am - 12pm Poster Session 1
12 - 1pm Break
1 - 2:30pm Poster Session 2
3 - 4pm Oral Presentations 2
4:30 - 6pm Poster Session 3

Talks will be livestreamed, and additional virtual presentations will be available as needed. Check out past virtual presentations from the Fall 2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Light snacks and drinks will be served throughout the day to fuel the celebration, so please join us!



Tips for Student Registrations

  • The initial "intent to present" registration form requires only a tentative title and your mentor information (deadline: March 15). A final title and a presentation abstract will be due on April 15.
  • The majority of symposium participants will give poster presentations. Poster sessions will be 90 minutes in duration, and presenters should allow extra time before and after their session for poster setup and breakdown. If you have a minor scheduling conflict with one of the poster sessions (e.g., you can't set up early, you can attend for 80 out of 90 minutes), we may be able to accommodate you. Detailed instructions are included on the registration form.
  • The OUR will also select a limited number of submissions for oral presentation, to showcase the breadth and depth of research being conducted across a range of disciplines. Talks will last approximately 10 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. In addition, the OUR may assign some students virtual presentations due to space limitations.
  • 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 April 15 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