2020 Symposium

UROP sponsors the UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium, an annual event held in May that allows hundreds of undergraduates the opportunity to present the results of their research or creative activities in a professional setting.

All UCI undergraduate students who have conducted research are invited to submit an application and abstract during the Call for Abstracts, which is typically in the Winter Quarter of every year. UROP and SURP fellows are required to present; however, the Symposium is open to all students. The Symposium also provides the opportunity for students to attend and learn about the work of their fellow students, and to volunteer to assist at the event. Members of the larger UCI community are also invited to attend. Click here to view participants by School.

The 2020 Symposium will take place on Saturday, May 16 in the UCI Student Center.

Poster or Oral Presentations
At the Symposium, students present their work in either a poster or oral presentation. Posters are displayed on easels throughout the day, and poster presenters will be on hand to discuss their project during the Poster Session, from 1:30 to 2:50. Oral presentations are grouped by related areas of research, and presenters are allotted 15 minutes for their presentation followed by a 3-minute question-and-answer period. A faculty moderator coordinates each session and may also facilitate the discussion. A student volunteer is assigned to each room to assist presenters and the faculty moderator.

Performing/Visual Arts Presentations
Most Performing Arts/Visual Arts presentations are considered Oral Presentations, since they are executed in the same format: up to 15 minutes for a performance/presentation, followed by a 3-minute question-and-answer period. Performing arts presentations may include creative activities in music, dance and theater; visual arts presentations can be done in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, video, and film. We try to schedule performances on stage, or we can also have a video player available. A table for artwork displays can be requested for the poster session as well.

Chancellor's Award
One highlight of the day is the awards ceremony at which the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research will be presented. An annual award since 1997, the purpose of the Chancellor's Award is to recognize the meritorious contributions in support of undergraduate research by one faculty member, and the research accomplishments of one student from each school (student award recipients need not be presenting at this year's Symposium to be eligible). Student recipients receive a certificate and a small cash award, and designated faculty members are also recognized with certificates of excellence. Deans of each school, in consultation with the Associate Dean and the UROP Faculty Advisory Board member from that school select the award recipients. Additionally, one faculty member receives a substantial award for the purchase of computer equipment; the UROP Faculty Advisory Board selects this award recipient. We invite you to view a list of the distinguished previous winners of the Chancellor's Award.

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The 2020 UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held Saturday, May 16 in the UCI Student Center. In addition to the poster and oral presentations, presenters can enjoy dance and music performances and listen to the keynote speaker. To participate, complete the Presentation & Abstract Submission Form. The deadline to submit an application is Monday, April 20, 2020.

Letter to UCI Students

Letter to UCI Faculty

Letter to the UCI Community

Presentation & Abstract Submission

   Submission Process & Guidelines

   Abstract Guidelines & Samples

   View Submission Form Details (PDF)

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Presentation Guidelines (PDF)

Symposium Schedule

Symposium Workshops & Deadlines

Symposium Program

   Chancellor's Awards

   Participants by School


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