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Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium

About the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium

A university-wide, and in 2020, a state-wide symposium that showcases students' summer research and creative efforts.

When is the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium?

Typically the last or second to last Thursday in July. For 2020, a "Virtual" Symposium that is open to undergraduates from WVU as well as undergraduates throughout the state of West Virginia will be held.

How do I attend the Summer Symposium?

Click Here to Attend the Summer Symposium

Presentations are currently being uploaded and will be ready for viewing on at 11:00 am (EST) on Thursday, July 23. 

Announcements and updates will be made periodically on our social media accounts:


2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium Details

The 12th Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium is expected to open at 11:00 am (EST) on Thursday, July 23, 2020. We will have over 40 undergraduate researchers in a variety of disciplines presenting (posters and oral) and explaining their research and creative work. The symposium will be judged, and winning presentations from each category will be announced on Friday July 24 before 4 pm (EST).

Want to submit an abstract for presentation?  Click here.   (Abstract deadline was 11:59 pm on July 12, 2020)

All are welcome to attend beginning at 11:00 am (EST). Presentations (video with embedded audio) will be available from 11:00 am onward on July 23 and for a minimum of one week. From 2-4:30 pm (EST) on July 23, presenters will engage in "synchronous commenting". Presenters will monitor and respond to questions and comments posted within their presentation in real-time. During this time period, judges will ask questions and evaluate presenters' responses.

Join us to celebrate the accomplishments of our undergraduates and to learn about the wonderful research ongoing at WVU and throughout the state of West Virginia!

Information for Presenters

Presenters are assigned to one of three presentation categories: (1) Oral, (2) Visual and Performing Arts, or (3) Poster. Presenters who previously submitted accepted abstracts will be asked to upload recordings and supporting media of their presentations. For the virtual symposium format, presenters are encouraged to think creatively about how to record and disseminate their research and scholarly endeavors as long as the minimum number of required media files are submitted.

For detailed instructions and resources on how to upload your presentation, please click on the button below.   

How to Upload Your Summer Symposium Presentation

For examples of how you might consider recording your presentation, please click the button below.

Presentation Examples 

Judging Rubrics & Sample Poster Templates

STEM-focused Poster Presentations & Score Sheet
STEM & Human Engagement Oral Presentations

Professional Courtesy

All presenters should learn and practice professional etiquette common to all disciplines. In any provided audio/video recording, please ensure that decorum is appropriate, essential, and relevant to the research topic being discussed. If a presenter will be visually present in the video recording, the recommended minimum dress code is business casual. It is expected that presenters will contribute to the broader symposium by viewing and commenting on the presentations of other presenters within their discipline and in related categories.

The VoiceThread application through which presenters will upload their presentations will allow for guests to make comments (text, audio, or visual). All visitors should be mindful of comments made and remember to maintain a tone appropriate for a professional public forum. 

Past Program Booklets and Winners