Undergraduate Research Symposium

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Virtual Symposium for 2020!

Please note that OURI will host a virtual symposium this year, with the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff in mind.  Accepted Presenters have been notified with additional information.  For those interested in viewing the Virtual Presentations, please see the details below:

Check out the research to be presented
at the Symposium in the 2020 Program!



If you are interested in joining OURI at our Virtual Symposium please complete and/or  share this link  with anyone who would like to be added to Virtual OURI Symposium Canvas site. Participants must have an FAU email to be added to the course, the deadline to complete the form is April 1st by 5:00pm.  Participants will be added by the event date of April 3rd. 

What will we be hosting on the Canvas Course?

      1. The Launching of the 2019-2020 FAURJ

      2. Keynote Addresses from the 2019 Undergraduate Researchers of the Year

      3. Oral and Poster Presentations of our student researchers

      4. Faculty Discussion boards on mentoring undergraduates, promotion and tenure, RI course designation, and much more!


The 11th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held on Friday, April 16th, 2021 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. 

Abstract submission opens: January 15, 2021

Deadline for abstract submission (100-150 words): March 15, 2021 by 5:00p.m.
Notification of acceptance: End of March, 2021
Poster file should be submitted directly to Student Government.  Please follow their posted deadlines and submission process (form can be found here: SGposterprinting)

Things to Note:

1. Posters will no longer be judged at the symposium, as of 2020.   If you wish to have your presentation judged, please submit your abstract for an oral presentation which will take place in the morning. 

2. OURI does not handle the printing of posters. Please submit your poster file through SG Poster Printing

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, first come first served.

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

  • Oral presentations are only held in the morning session.
  • 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.  You must adhere to their stated deadline, or it cannot be guaranteed your poster will be printed by Student Government in time, and then 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


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.


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