Pavlis Honors College

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Overhead view of Undergraduate Research Symposium

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 distinguished judges
  • learn from experience

See the 2021 Undergraduate Research Symposium

To follow COVID-19 safety protocols, the 2021 Undergraduate Research Symposium was held virtually and asynchronously. While we missed seeing our poster presenters in person, the virtual symposium gave us a chance to keep and display our students' presentations.

View the URS presentations2021 URS booklet

2021 Winners

First Place: Ethan Burghardt, Biochemistry

“Characterization of Aqueous Two-Phase Extraction Systems for Virus Purification” working with Caryn Heldt (ChE)


Second Place (Tie): Ava Miller, Sustainability Science and Society

"Community Response to Renewable Energy Project Siting: A Case Study in L’Anse, MI" working with Richelle Winkler (SS)


Second Place (Tie): Lauren Spahn, Chemical Engineering

"Optimization of Lignin Precipitation with Functional Group Control for Use in Bio-Based Polyurethane Foams" working with Rebecca Ong (ChE)


Four students also received Honorable Mention: