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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 or the Undergraduate Spring 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.

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 and July 25 in 2019), students present their research in one of several offered categories with poster visuals and presentations scrutinized and judged.

The 2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium was held on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at the WVU Erickson Alumni Center. At this event 109 poster presenters (see 2018 program, 2018 winners) in diverse fields (e.g., music, sports psychology, English, sociology, neuroscience, nanoscience, biology, chemistry, business, engineering, physics, etc.) presented their research/creative work in eight different judged categories. All were welcome and invited 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. Join us each year to celebrate the accomplishments of our undergraduates and to learn about the wonderful research ongoing at WVU!

Programs for previous years? 2017 (2017 winners), 2016 (2016 winners), 2015 (2015 winners), 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009.

Need more information? Contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at

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 2019 Posters on the Hill Event will be due by/before Nov. 1, 2018. Read about West Virginia University's 2018, 2017 and 2016 representatives at this event.

Undergraduate Spring Symposium
The Office of Undergraduate Research and the Honors College in conjunction with Undergraduate Admissions organize this campus-wide, culminating spring poster event to celebrate undergraduate scholarly activity (research/creative endeavors) whilst encouraging prospective students to decide on attending WVU. In 2019, this event is set to take place on Saturday April 13, 2019 (~1-4 p.m.) in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. The poster event will coincide with prospective student and family attendance at the April 13 Decide WVU Day at the Mountainlair.

WVU Undergraduates: Work with your faculty mentor to fashion your abstract prior to submission. Please submit an abstract (check back in early spring for abstract submissions) on your research/creative project for potential presentation at WVU’s 3rd Annual Undergraduate Spring Symposium (early March 2019 deadline). More info? Click on the site link above or contact
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 many West Virginia colleges and universities will present their research. URDC is sponsored by West Virginia and Marshall Universities. In 2019, this event is scheduled for Tuesday February 26. Abstract submissions are now open and are due by midnight Nov. 14.

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 College of Education and Human Services offers a Student Research Forum each spring semester.