Undergraduate Research Symposium

On Friday, March 30th, Florida Atlantic University showcased its 8th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (OURI). Over 200 faculty, staff and students from FAU and FAU High school learned from students engaged in research, scholarship and creative activities across all academic disciplines. Check out all of the oral and poster presentation winners below.


2018 Program


2018 Winners


symposium 2016

Students engaged in undergraduate research and scholarly activity may present their findings either through a poster/visual arts presentation or an oral/performing arts presentation. If space becomes an issue, OURI will limit the number of presentations to two per faculty mentor.  All students must prepare an abstract of 100-150 words. Student abstracts can be submitted by completing an online application form, by the deadline.  Here are some important deadlines for abstract and poster submissions:

Abstract submission opens: January 22nd, 2018
Deadline for abstract submission (100-150 words): March 2nd, 2018 by 5:00p.m.
Notification of acceptance: Mid March, 2018
Deadline for poster file submission: March 19th, 2018 

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 Poster Presentations
For your convenience we have provided FAU approved poster templates. If you choose to have OURI print your poster, you MUST use one of the following for your poster:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Please view the evaluation rubric to better prepare your poster presentation.

Poster Printing Instructions:

  • The Division of Student Affairs has kindly agreed to print your posters for this Symposium at no cost.
  • Please use one of our poster templates(above). Florida Atlantic University's Division of Public Affairs has recently made available a number of university-approved templates for research posters. All researchers (including faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates) are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these templates. Using these pre-approved templates will ensure faster processing of the printing and production of research posters. 
  • Save your presentation as LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_URS17 in a print-ready PowerPoint format ONLY and submit it to ouri@fau.edu no later than 12:00pm on March 19, 2018.
  • Before you submit your presentation, be sure that your Faculty Mentor has reviewed and approved your poster.
  • If you have already had your posters printed or intend to print yourself, please inform us of this as well. In these cases, we will not be able to cover the costs of printing.
  • The printed poster should be three feet by four feet.

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 and Prezi presentations are encouraged

Please view the evaluation rubric to better prepare your oral presentation.

Presentation Support for Presenters

2017-2018 Workshops on Creating a Poster and Oral Presentation


2015 Winners

2015 Program

2016 Winners

2016 Program

2017 Winners 

2017 Program

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 4/19/18