Pavlis Honors College

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Overhead view of Undergraduate Research Symposium

The 2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium will be on Friday, March 29th in the lobby of the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts from 1-5pm. The Symposium highlights the amazing cutting-edge research being conducted on Michigan Tech's campus by some of our best and brightest undergraduate students.

The Pavlis Honors College hosts undergraduate researchers and scholars from all departments, schools and programs to present abstracts for presentation at our annual symposium

Undergraduate researchers and scholars from all departments, schools and programs 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

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 1 and 5pm on Friday, March 29 in the Rozsa Center Lobby. We will match faculty with a mixture of posters, some from their home department and others from departments across campus. If you would like to serve as a judge for the 2019 URS, please submit this brief form.

The winners of the 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium were:

1st Place: Erinn Smith, Chemistry for Refining the Purification Process of Histone Proteins 

Erinn Smith

2nd Place: David Ross, Biomedical Engineering for Bioactive Polydimethylsiloxane Surface for Optimal Human Mesenchymal Stem Cell Sheet Culture

David Ross

3rd Place: Alex Baker, Civil and Environmental Engineering for Multiobjective Optimization of Cost and Strength for Various Lengths of Doubly Reinforced Concrete T-beams

Alex Baker

We would also like to recognize three students in the honorable mention category: Benjamin Miller, SFRES, Rose Turner, Environmental Engineering, and Hannah Cunningham, Biomedical Engineering. 

In the 2018 Symposium, students from the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology (KIP) were also eligible for the American Physiological Society (APS) Local Undergraduate Research Award (LURA). Two KIP faculty members who are APS members served as judges at the Symposium and evaluated seven student physiology-based poster presentations. The 2018 LURA was awarded to Hannah Cunningham, Biomedical Engineering for Total Sleep Deprivation and Pain Perception During Cold Noxious Stimuli in Older Adults

Hannah Cunningham

Congratulations to all of our winners and honorable mentions!
Thank you to all of the faculty, staff and students that judged and attended the 2018 Symposium.

If you would like to view and download photos from the 2018 Symposium please visit the Pavlis Honors College Flickr page. You can also view the 2018 URS booklet that details all of the Symposium participant abstracts.