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Present Your Research

Do you wish to present your research to a larger audience? Opportunities abound. You can present your research to the general population of WVU faculty and students at the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium, to WV lawmakers and the general public at Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol, to U.S. lawmakers and policy makers at Posters on the Hill, and to colleagues and peers at discipline-specific national and regional conferences. Funding to support these presentation activities can be found within the Fund your Research page.

Posters on the Hill

Represent your home state and institution as you present your research to members of Congress in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), this is your chance to interact with policy makers to discuss the importance of continuing to fund research opportunities for undergraduates. If you are a WVU student and are interested in applying for this opportunity, please email the Office of Undergraduate Research. Applications for the 2017 Posters on the Hill Event are due by/before Nov. 4, 2016. Read about West Virginia's 2016 representative at this event.


Category winners and runner ups of the 2015 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium held at West Virginia University on July 23, 2015. Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium is a university-wide poster symposium that showcases students' summer research and creative endeavor efforts. Held each summer near the end of July (typically the last Thursday in July), students present their research in one of several offered categories with poster visuals and presentations scrutinized and judged. The 2017 Symposium (see 2017 program) consisted of 108 posters, 108 poster presenters, eight different judged categories, 14 judges and 14 poster winners and runner-ups. This event is open to the WVU community in the afternoon and all (administrators, faculty, students, parents, etc.) are invited to attend to help us celebrate the achievements of our undergraduates. See the poster winners and runner-ups for the 2017 symposium event! (Programs for previous years? 2016 (2016 winners), 2015 (2015 winners), 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009).

The 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium was held on Thursday July 27, 2017 at the WVU Erickson Alumni Center. At this event to over 100 poster presenters in diverse fields (e.g., painting, sports psychology, english, sociology, neuroscience, nanoscience, biology, chemistry, business, engineering, physics, etc.) presented their research/creative work. All were welcome to attend the open portion of the poster symposium beginning at noon (introductions and a keynote speaker) followed by open poster presentations (12:30-2:30 pm) by the 100+ undergraduate presenters. Many joined us to celebrate the accomplishments of our undergraduates and to learn about the wonderful research ongoing at WVU!

Need more information? Contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at undergradresearch@mail.wvu.edu.


Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol Presenters at the 2015 Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Charleston, WV.

Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol (URDC) is an event for college students throughout West Virginia. Students present their research in poster format and have the opportunity to explain to policy makers and the general public why their research is relevant and why research experiences are important to students' intellectual growth and to the growth of a technically literate workforce within the state. Held during one day in February at the Capitol Building in Charleston, WV, in excess of 100 students from 15 West Virginia colleges and universities will present their research. URDC is sponsored by West Virginia and Marshall Universities.


Other presentation opportunities can be found at the Council on Undergraduate Research's website. In addition, discuss with your faculty research adviser the opportunity to present at discipline-specific conferences. Many national and regional conferences have sessions specifically geared toward undergraduates with concurrent programming (e.g., networking, graduate school recruitment fair) to supplement your experience.

Internal presentation opportunities are also offered. For instance the American Chemical Society Student Affiliates (ACS-SA) offers a poster symposium and the College of Education and Human Services offers a Student Research Forum each spring semester.