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

The 2021 Symposium

This year's Symposium will be held virtually and will require that participants register for the event, provide an abstract, and create and narrate an electronic poster which will be judged. The top three winners, based on judges' reviews, will receive cash prizes for the best poster/presentation combinations.

Tentative plans and schedule:

  • Friday, February 5, 2021: URS abstract and registration due by 11:59pm
  • Friday, March 12, 2021: Final posters including 3-5 minute narrated synopsis of research due by 11:59pm. These will be uploaded for judging and potentially shared with your academic department.
  • Saturday, March 20 - Wednesday, March 24: Judging of uploaded narrated posters will occur
  • Friday, March 26: Prize winners will be announced. More information on additional programming will be forthcoming as it becomes available

Information For Presenters

Abstract submissions for 2021 have closed. If you have any questions, please contact

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. 2021 Symposium judging will be virtual and asynchronous. We will match faculty with a mixture of posters, some from their home department and others from departments across campus, and judges will be able to review the selections as fits their schedules from Saturday, March 20 through Wednesday, March 24. If you would like to serve as a judge for the symposium, please submit this brief form.

See the 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium Abstracts

In an effort to encourage a safer environment during the COVID-19 outbreak, we canceled the 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium. View the 2020 URS booklet to learn more about our student researchers.

2020 URS booklet

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.