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Abstracts Open! 2021 Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol

Abstracts Open! 2021 Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol

Announcing 2021 Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol

The 18th annual West Virginia Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol (URDC) will be held virtually and on March 5, 2021. URDC's purpose is to familiarize state legislators with research and creative activities involving undergraduate students that occur on campuses across the state. URDC showcases presentations in a wide range of subjects, including the sciences, arts, social sciences, and humanities. 

Special note: The URDC Steering Committee decided on a virtual event for 2021 because of the unknowns associated with COVID-19 and the potential for reduced accessibility at the West Virginia State Capitol building. We do intend to return to an in-person event in 2022. 

Undergraduates are encouraged to submit abstracts (due by/before 11:59 pm on Nov. 6, 2020) to present their research.

The format for the 2021 URDC event will be audio enabled visual recordings of oral presentations (max of 10 minutes) featuring research and creative works conducted by undergraduate students under the guidance of faculty mentors from colleges and universities across the state. Links to presentations will be posted online and the presentations will be open for all to attend. Presenters will participate in "synchronous commenting" in real-time from 2-4:30 pm on March 5, 2021.

  If selected, participation is free for presenters. Presenters will be selected on the basis of several criteria, including: the quality and significance of the research or creative activity, the quality and readability of the submitted abstract (abstracts should be written for a general audience!), and the relevance of the research to West Virginia. Additionally, the Steering Committee will strive to provide representation of the diversity of students engaged in research or creative activities as well as the range of institutions supporting faculty-supervised student research.

We look forward to receiving abstract submissions from your institution. Abstracts must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm, Friday, November 6, 2020. 

Questions from WVU Students/Faculty? Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at


URDC Steering Committee