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Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium - Frequently Asked Questions



  • What kind of "undergraduate research" is presented at the Symposium?

    We invite research projects from all disciplines and encourage students to submit creative work for the symposium as long as it has an original, scholarly aspect. For all submissions, students must be working under the guidance of a faculty research mentor who can speak to the quality of the research; this includes students working on faculty research and students working on their own research under the supervision of faculty. Senior theses are good examples of the second type of student research. The Undergraduate Research Symposium is not an appropriate venue for “position papers,” where students present opinions rather than scholarly research.

    From the national Council on Undergraduate Research: "Undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry is fundamentally a pedagogical approach to teaching and learning. With an emphasis on process, we define undergraduate research as: A mentored investigation or creative inquiry conducted by undergraduates that seeks to make a scholarly or artistic contribution to knowledge."

  • How do I attend the Symposium, if I am not a presenter?

    All are welcome to attend the Symposium. No registration is necessary.

  • Can I volunteer at the Symposium?

    Yes! Student, staff, and faculty volunteers are critical to the success of the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Email if you would like to be added to the list of potential volunteers. We will contact you in early March to follow-up.


Faculty Research Mentors

*Content for this page adapted from the University of Washington's Undergraduate Research Symposium.



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