Pavlis Honors College

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Overhead view of Undergraduate Research Symposium

UPDATE: in an effort to encourage a safer environment during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Undergraduate Research Symposium has been canceled. We are releasing SURF and URIP students from the requirement to present their research in a public forum this year.

If you are required to present your research for other reasons, such as sponsorship, please contact us and we'll discuss options for a remote presentation.

We will publish an online "booklet" of submitted research abstracts for our sponsors and programs to reference.  When this booklet is available, we will send out a link to the pdf.  

Undergraduate researchers and scholars from all colleges are invited to submit abstracts for presentation at the symposium each year. 

The symposium gives undergraduate students the opportunity to:

  • present posters describing completed or ongoing research
  • receive feedback from faculty judges
  • learn from experience

Information For Presenters

Abstract submissions are now closed. Abstracts will be reviewed by the Pavlis Honors College, and a confirmation of acceptance will be sent by March 4. Submission of an abstract is not a guarantee of acceptance.

Information for Judges

We need faculty, staff, and community members to serve as distinguished judges. Judging entails reviewing the posters and accompanying poster presentations of up to 5 undergraduate researchers between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, March 27 in the Rozsa Center Lobby. We will match faculty with a mixture of posters. If you would like to serve as a judge for the symposium, please submit this brief form.


Previous Winners

The winners of the 2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium were:

1st Place: Ceily Fessel Doan, Environmental Engineering for "Comparison of Nannochloropsis and Chlorelle Vulgaris Algae to Energy Efficiency in the Rio Grande Watershed" working with Alex Mayer 

Ceily Fessel Doan

2nd Place: Jacob LeBarre, Chemical Engineering for "Improvement of Virus Purification Method using Cation Exchange Chromatography" working with Caryn Heldt

Jacob LeBarre

3rd Place: Kaylee Meyers, Biomedical Engineering for "Nitric Oxide Releasing Composite Hydrogels for Tendon Repair Via Matrix Metalloproteinase Controlled Pathways" working with Rupak Rajachar

Kaylee Meyers

We would also like to recognize two students in the Honorable Mention category:

  • Brenna Rosso, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology for "Assessing the Expression and Purification of Arg-Tagged MS2 Coat Protein by Cation Exchange Chromatography" working with Ebenezer Tumban
  • Elizabeth Polega, Biomedical Engineering for "Antibacterial Properties of Mussel-Inspired Polydopamine Coatings Prepared by Simple Two-Step Shaking-Assisted Method" working with Bruce Lee

Congratulations to all of our winners and honorable mentions!
Thank you to all of the faculty, staff and students that judged and attended the 2019 Symposium.

If you would like to view and download photos from the 2019 Symposium please visit the Pavlis Honors College Flickr page. You can also view the 2019 URS booklet that details all of the Symposium participant abstracts.