Undergraduate Research Symposium

Thank you for joining us at the 2021 CLAS Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium! Here you will find our brightest and best College of Liberal Arts and Sciences students and research projects. 

Symposium winners received scholarship support generously provided by the Sievert Family Endowed Scholarship in Research, Internship, Service and Engagement.


Welcome from the dean


  • What makes a good undergraduate research presentation?

    Look for clarity of ideas and how the big picture is explained. What is the problem to be addressed, or idea to be developed? The work should make the methods clear and discuss the results in a broader context.

  • What should attendees consider before voting?

    Look for the scientific structure: Problem ➡️ hypothesis or motivation ➡️ methods ➡️ results and discussion ➡️ conclusion. Some works in humanities have a more flexible structure and do not have a working hypothesis. The work should be consistent in its objectives and accomplishments. Notice that a hypothesis is "the best guess" on how to address an idea and sometimes the observed results differ from the hypothesis. This is not a problem and only indicates that new research is needed using a different hypothesis.

  • What questions should I ask about the research?

    Any question addressing the research structure is welcome. There are no "wrong" questions, and great discussion arises when the audience asks:

    • Is this problem important? 
    • Were you able to validate your hypothesis?
    • If not, what would make for a better hypothesis? 
    • Are there alternative methods to test evaluate your research?
    • Would they be better, worse, why?
    • How do your results fit with other similar data?
    • What was learned?
    • Is this applicable?