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Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium - Information for Applicants


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How to Apply

Undergraduates will submit their application online here (once the application opens on November 1, 2023). Students will be asked to provide information about themselves, any co-presenters, their faculty research mentor(s), and their projects.


For group presentations, the primary presenter should submit the co-presenters’ information during the application process. (Note: Only the primary presenter should apply.)

Faculty Research Mentors

Students will need to enter the names and email addresses of their faculty research mentor(s). The application requires that at least one mentor is a faculty member or a postdoctoral research fellow.
Note: OSU students may still participate if their research was conducted at another institution.

Project Information

Students will work with their faculty research mentor to review the abstract and title before submitting. An abstract summarizes the research or creative project, usually presented in skeletal form, concentrating on the essential aspects of a more significant idea or claim. The abstract should include sufficient information for reviewers to assess the nature and significance of the research, the adequacy of the methodology employed, and the nature of the results and/or progress to date. We encourage students to attend the abstract writing workshops (to be held in early February).

Abstract guidelines

  • Abstracts must be no longer than 350 words in length.

PLEASE NOTE: Abstracts will be published in the Symposium Proceedings. Therefore, students should submit a high-quality version approved by the faculty research mentor.

Session Types

Students may apply to present their research/creative activity as a poster presentation, a flash talk, or a performing/visual arts and design presentation.

Poster Presentation

Students will prepare a printed poster that illustrates their research question, methods, and outcomes. Students will pin their research poster to a provided exhibit board, accompany their poster during the 1-hour session, and answer questions.

Posters should be printed to be this size:  42” wide x 36” high. The OSU Library offers a free poster printing service. To review specifications and submit a poster for printing at the OSU Library, submit this form no later than the morning of Monday, April 8 to ensure it is printed in time:

For further details and instructions, please refer to Information for Poster Presentation Participants.

Flash Talk

Flash talks are 3 minutes in length plus a 2-minute Q&A. Students will prepare a single slide that depicts the critical aspects of their research/creative activity.

For further details and instructions, please refer to Information for Flash Talk Participants.

Performing/Visual Arts and Design

Students will create a pre-recorded, 5-minute video showcasing their creative work. Videos will include a description of the research process utilized in creating the  performance/art form. Videos may include links to external sites, resources, etc. Laptop computers (provided) will play the video (continuous looping) during the 1-hour session while students accompany the recording and answer questions.

  • Performing arts presentations: Submissions for this session must have a performance-based component (e.g., music, theater, or dance) created as part of, or as a result of, the research process.
  • Visual arts and design presentations: Submissions for this session must be art forms created as part of the research process. Submissions may include paintings, drawings, printing, sculpture, architectural models, digital arts, experimental media, jewelry, textiles, photography/film, mixed media, and more.

For further details and instructions, please refer to Information for Performing/Visual Arts Participants.


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