Undergraduate Research Symposium

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The 9th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium was held on April 8th, 2019 on FAU'S Boca Raton campus!

Students engaged in undergraduate research and scholarly activity presented their findings either through poster/visual arts presentation or an oral/performing arts presentation. 

2019 Poster Presentation Winners

2019 Oral Presentation Winners

Program Now Available!


Abstract submission opens: January 21st, 2019
Deadline for abstract submission (100-150 words): March 1st, 2019 by 5:00p.m.
Notification of acceptance: Mid March, 2019
Deadline for poster file submission: March 22nd, 2019 to Student Government. Please submit using this form:  SGposterprinting  

New This Year:

  1. OURI will no longer handle the printing of posters. Please submit your poster file through SG Poster Printing by the above deadline (3/22/19).
  2. The Symposium will be held on a MONDAY!


Mock Poster/Oral Presentation Workshop:

Students will have the opportunity to practice their presentation by preparing and presenting a mock oral or poster presentation from beginning to end. There will be an audience to provide students the opportunity to practice and answer questions the audience may have at the end of the presentation. Space is limited so please RSVP here .

How to Apply

Please complete the online application through FluidReview (see below).  Read through all of these instructions before clicking on the link.

  1. After clicking on the link, you will land on the Log-In page for OURI's FluidReview.  If you have an FAU username and password (i.e., an active FAU email account), please click on the "Sign In or Register" button ONLY.  You will be redirected to FAU's single sign-on page where you will sign in using your FAU credentials (NOTE: this may require a push notification).
  2. Once you are signed into OURI's FluidReview, you will need to complete the Eligibility task.  This is a one-time form that determines to which applications/programs you are eligible to apply.
  3. Once your Eligibility is complete, click on the blue button labeled "View Programs."
  4. Search for the Undergraduate Research Symposium application that has "Apply Now" button on the far right side.
  5. Click on the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts.
  6. You must submit your application once all tasks are complete.

Instructions for Participating Students

Instructions for Oral Presentations

  • Students are allotted eight minutes to present their findings, with an additional 2 minutes for audience questions.
  • Keep in mind that your audience may have no prior knowledge of your topic.
  • Before discussing detailed findings, situate your research within some broader context and identify early-on the research question or problem that your project aims to address (as appropriate).
  • Power Point presentations are encouraged so please use one of the FAU approved Power Point templates.
  • Please view the evaluation rubric to better prepare your oral presentation.

Instructions for Poster Presentations

  • Remember:  the Poster should complement your 2-4 minute elevator pitch, and should not be solely read from by the presenter.  
  • As you prepare your poster, please keep in mind that your audience may have no prior knowledge of your topic. You are encouraged to use graphs, photographs, and other visual aides to help the viewer understand your project.
  • The printed poster should be three feet by four feet (36 inches by 48 inches).
  • Your banner should contain a title for your project, the authors, and your college. Use the font and color choices provided on the template.
  • Do not change the font colors and size from those in the template. Do not change the color of the background. Do not move or resize the logo.
  • The font for text within the poster should be no smaller than 32 point.
  • As a condition of your participation in the Symposium, you must stand by your poster during the full time allotted to the poster session and be prepared to address questions or comments.
  • To better prepare your poster presentation, please attend the "Creating an Oral Poster Presentation" and "Mock Presentation" workshops  hosted by OURI Peer Mentors. 

Poster Printing Instructions:

  • The Division of Student Affairs has kindly agreed to print your posters for this Symposium at no cost. Please note, only 2 posters will be printed per student each semester.
  • Please use one of the university-approved templates for research posters. All researchers (including faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates) are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these templates. You must use one the these approved templates if you choose to have your poster printed by SG Poster Printing. Using these pre-approved templates will ensure faster processing of the printing and production of research posters. 
  • Save your presentation as LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_URS19 in a print-ready PowerPoint format ONLY and submit it to SGposterprinting no later than 12:00pm on March 22, 2019.  If you do not adhere to this deadline, it cannot be guaranteed your poster will be printed by Student Government and you will be responsible for printing it.
  • BEFORE you submit your presentation for printing, be sure that your Faculty Mentor has reviewed and approved your poster.
  • YOU will be responsible for the submission and pick-up of your poster, and bringing it with you to the symposium.
  • If you have already had your poster printed, or intend to print it yourself, please bring your poster with you on the day of your presentation.  Be sure to only hang your poster on your assigned and numbered board. 


Presentation Support for Presenters

Workshops on Creating a Poster and Oral Presentation and "Mock" Presentations


2015 Winners

2015 Program

2016 Winners

2016 Program

2017 Winners 

2017 Program

2018 Program

2018 Winners

Undergraduate Research Symposium Digital Collection of Posters

FAU’s Digital Library (DL) maintains a lab equipped to digitally convert materials to facilitate access to educational resources as well as for the purpose of preservation. Materials digitized include monographs, maps, documents, newspapers, pamphlets, photographs (negatives/slides), and audio and video recordings.

The DL ensures the quality of its collections by performing all digitization in house, maintaining the latest scanning hardware and software, and utilizing the expertise of skilled staff. Source materials are converted to digitally accessible files according to field standards and best practices to maximize the quality of FAU libraries digital versions.

The Digital Library will assist faculty and campus partners in the use of the FAU institutional repository and also seeks external partners to help create digital collections that will further the educational and research mission of FAU.The digital collection for FAU’s Undergraduate Research Symposia is available at this link:https://fau.digital.flvc.org/islandora/object/fau%3Augr.


 Last Modified 4/16/19