Creative Works Presentations

Presenters may exhibit art and conduct live performances, including creative works of all media. Past presenters have read poetry, shown photography, exhibited sculptures, and performed musical pieces, among other media and genres. This format is very flexible and welcomes all types of creative works. 

The Undergraduate Research Symposium welcomes all manner of creative presentation formats and will work directly with Creative Works presenters to ensure a venue that can accommodate their presentation. If your work has specific spatial or material requirements, please reach out to our team at with any questions about presenting your creative work.   

NEW IN 2024:

We are excited to announce a Film Screening Event for student-created films to celebrate innovative storytelling and showcase cinematic talent!

Examples of Creative Works

Coping Mechanism (2021) for String Trio 

Jonathan Sherpa 

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Jonathan Sherpa presents on their four-movement string trio: Coping Mechanism. The composition “seeks to explore and exploit the various difficult emotions [Jonathan] was struggling with… Each movement is representative of a different emotion, ranging from Longing, to Panic, Anger, and finally Despondency.” The piece uses extreme dissonance, turbulent melodies, and a motivic relationship that pervades each movement which only resolves in the last moments of the piece.

Ecopoetry and Us (2019)

Adeline Fecker, Nolan Kriska, Hailey O’Donnell 

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“Ecopoetics” comes from the two Greek roots: oikos (family, property, house) and poiesis (to make). Together, we understand ecopoetry as home making: a process of creation and compassion and belonging . During quarantine, this team presented environmental awareness poetry with help from Oregon’s poet laureate Kim Stafford. They seek to inspire others to express themselves so that their long term emotional growth continues through the tragedy of a pandemic.

Jazz Project – A Dance Film (2011) 

Shannon Knight 

Jazz Project – A Dance Film, is an exploration in choreography for the camera, and layering of urban footage and still photography set to music that includes works by George Gershwin and Duke Ellington. The overall appearance of the short film is reminiscent of early cinematography. It is in black and white, and includes period costumes, and creative use of lighting. Over thirty hours of footage from studio rehearsals, live stage performances and site-specific improvisations manifest a product that is nostalgic, unique and takes the viewer on a journey through urban scenery of Eugene and Portland, OR, to Pittsburgh, PA. The music, imagery and overall aesthetic of the film suggests close attention to a time in early twentieth century industrial America, and reflects one artist’s interpretation of a form perhaps now lost, but not forgotten. 


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