Undergraduate Research Symposium

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Undergraduate Research Symposium

May 23, 2024

The Undergraduate Research Symposium celebrates the outstanding achievements of our undergraduate students in research and creative endeavors spanning the humanities, sciences, arts, and social sciences. 

Engaging students at every phase of their undergraduate journeys, the symposium empowers them to engage as dynamic presenters, and attendees. Browse the 2024 Symposium Program!

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Explore Your Interests

Participation in the Undergraduate Research Symposium empowers undergraduates to share their ideas, discoveries, and artistic work with the campus and the local community. The event traditionally takes place in the EMU in the style of an academic conference and includes all types of academic research, allowing you to present your work through a poster, oral presentation, data story, or in a performance.

14 Years of the Undergraduate Research Symposium

undergraduates participated 
research mentors supported students
different majors represented 
Megan Tuleya Presenting Poster Research

Benefits of Participating

  • It helps you get involved on campus and connected to the university
  • It provides an automatic introduction to friends and classmates
  • The experience helps confirm if you're pursuing the right career path, ‚Äčor helps you discover a new career path you may not have considered before
  • The process develops real-world, transferable skills that you can use on the job, including advanced problem-solving skills and career-specific behaviors and activities
  • It gives you an advantage when applying for scholarships or graduate school
  • You connect with a faculty member that you might not get to know and learn from otherwise
  • It presents the opportunity to study something you're passionate about

Past Participants Share Their Symposium Stories


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Unleashing creativity . . . .

Four students challenge the stereotypes of historical indigenous women through nontraditional performance.

URS Presenter Blu Mackey

Empowered by discovery...

Research helped Blu Mackey feel academically validated.

SAIL participants

Pre-college Partnership with SAIL Program

Each year, the symposium welcomes high school students from the Student Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) pre-college program for an immersive day on campus. Students will spend a day with current UO students learning about different college majors, college research projects, and the college experience first-hand.

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