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Undergraduate Spring Symposium

The Office of Undergraduate Research and the Honors College in conjunction with Undergraduate Admissions organize this campus-wide, culminating spring event to celebrate undergraduate scholarly activity (research/creative endeavors) whilst encouraging prospective students to decide on attending WVU.

Spring Symposium Dates: April 3-4, 2020. The 4th Annual Undergraduate Spring Symposium event coincides with prospective student and family attendance at the WVU Decide Day.  April 3 presentation locations are TBD and April 4 poster presentations will take place at the Student Recreation Center. 


WVU undergraduates engaged in scholarly activities (research/creative endeavors) from all majors are eligible to apply. Work with your faculty mentor to fashion your abstract prior to submission.

You are eligible to submit an abstract for consideration in the 2020 WVU Annual Undergraduate Spring Symposium if you:

  • are a current undergraduate student at WVU
  • will not graduate before May 2020
  • are involved in a research/creative project under the supervision of a faculty mentor (may be completed or in progress)
  • are able to attend the Spring Symposium on either Friday April 3 (~5-7:30 pm) or Saturday, April 4, 2020 (~12- 4 p.m.) to present your research/creative project.

Projects presented on Friday April 3 will be oral presentations, exhibitions/visual arts, or performing arts. Projects presented on Saturday April 4 will be poster presentations. Friday presentation slots are limited in number. 

How to Apply

The abstract submission portal is now open. Apply here:

Abstract Submission Form

Deadline: All submissions must be received by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

Abstract titles should be 3-14 words long and use language that can be comprehended by the general public.

Abstracts (160-250 words) should:

  • Clearly state the central research question and/or purpose of the project (e.g., motivation/impact, question addressed/hypothesis tested)
  • Provide brief, relevant scholarly or research context (no actual citations/references required) that demonstrate its attempt to make a unique contribution to the area of inquiry.
  • Provide a brief description of the research methodology (e.g., artistic, theoretical or experimental plan used/ approach).
  • Give a summary of principal findings/results (or expected results) and the context in which they will be discussed.
  • State major conclusions that cycle back to the project's central research question and/or purpose.
  • Include text only (no images or graphics).
  • Be well-written, well-organized, and a self-contained, single paragraph.
  • Use plain text format as the wufoo form will not process formatting and special characters.

Visual Arts Presenters must:

  • give the work's size (work cannot exceed 36" x 36" for 2-D; sculptures may not exceed 36" x 36" floor space)
  • upload a document (word or pdf) with URL links (YouTube, Dropbox) to three examples of work. For works in progress, substitute images of the work being submitted with images of past work representative of the artwork to be exhibited may be used.

Performing Arts Presenters must:

  • submit a list of required equipment that is within reason for the organizers to obtain/provide
  • upload a document (word or pdf) with URL links (YouTube, Dropbox) to supporting documentation of
    • Musical Performance or Lecture Recital - full score highlighting the portion of the score to be performed, plus a video or audio recording of the work or portion of it as performed by the student(s) (no more than 10 minutes);
    • Original Music Performance (original composition or arrangement) - full score (or significant portion if a work in progress), plus a video or audio of performance of the work or a portion of it as performed by the student(s) (no more than 10 minutes);
    • Dance Performance or Choreography - video performance of the works or a portion of it as performed by the student(s) (no more than 10 minutes);
    • Theatre Performance (up to 5 actors; original work or interpretative work) - script (or a significant portion, if a work in progress), plus a video of the work or a portion of it as performed by the student(s) (no more than 10 minutes); or
    • Film Performance (original films) - video of the work or a portion of it, or (if a work in progress) a script.

Oral and Performance (music, film, dance and theatre) presentations will have up to 15 minutes to present or perform, with 5 additional minutes for questions.

All Visual Arts presenters will also deliver an oral presentation on their research and process related to the works in the exhibition and beyond. The format will be a 15-minute lecture accompanied by slides of images. Visual art cannot include live organic material, candles, open flames, chemicals, radioactive waste, oils/lubricants, batteries, lab specimens or live animals. Work cannot exceed 36"x 36" maximum for 2-D. Limit for sculptures is 36"x 36" floor space when installed.

Professional Courtesy

All presenters should learn and practice professional etiquette common to all disciplines.

Oral, visual arts and performing arts presenters should remain in the room until all presentations in their sessions are complete. The other presentations may offer new insights, and all presenters deserve the same audience and respect. Spectators to sessions should enter and exit oral and performing arts session rooms between (not during) presentations.

Poster presenters should remain with their posters for the entire session, and be ready to present and respond to questions from spectators who will be making their way around the session. 

Judging Rubrics

Oral Presentations
STEM focused Poster Presentations
Behavioral & Social Science focused Poster Presentations
Human Engagement Poster Presentations

Past Program Booklets and Winners

2019 Booklet 2019 Winners