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Symposia


Undergraduate Research Programs offers opportunities each fall and spring semester for Emory students from all disciplines to present posters about their research. Symposium presenters gain important skills and connections through:

  • Telling other students about their research. 

  • Practicing presentation skills. 

  • Learning from other student researchers.

  • Telling faculty, parents, and others about undergraduate research at Emory. 

  • Sharing data and research with those outside of their field of study.

Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium

Undergraduate Research Programs  will be hosting a virtual symposium during the week of November 16, 2020 utilizing Emory’s Learning Management System (LMS), Canvas, and the software, VoiceThread.  VoiceThread will allow presenters to create and submit videos of their presentations. Audience members can watch the video asynchronously and leave comments throughout. 

All Emory undergraduate students currently conducting research in any discipline (Arts, Creative Expression, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences) who have not presented in either the Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 Undergraduate Research Programs symposia. This is a great way for students to display their hard work while gaining confidence and practice in communicating their findings to a general audience.  

Fall Undergraduate Research Panel and Showcase

The Fall 2020 Undergraduate Research Panel and Showcase will take place as a virtual event as part of Emory Parent’s Weekend.  Click here to watch the Undergraduate Research Panel and Showcase.

Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium

During Undergraduate Research Week, on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, undergraduate researchers from across the College present their research for all to see during a virtual symposium. 

The Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium has students present work from all fields including Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Creative & Performing Arts. All Emory students are welcome to present.

Presentation Format

Participants in the undergraduate research symposia can apply to give either oral or poster presentations.

Students opting to give poster presentations should visit our Creating a Poster page for instructions on formatting your poster. Prepare a five-minute presentation to share the highlights of your research with the people who visit your poster.

Oral presentation slots are limited but students may indicate they prefer an oral presentation on the abstract submission form. Oral presentations will be fifteen minutes each. Presenters should plan on presenting for 10-12 minutes and leave 3-5 minutes for questions and discussion.

Attending a Symposium

Faculty, students, friends, and families are welcome to attend our symposia. When you arrive, stop by our information table to look through the abstract booklet or receive the link to the online booklet and learn about our other programs and events.

Then, take a walk through the poster presentations. Stop and listen to the presentation at a poster that interests you or at one that covers a subject you are not familiar with. Questions are encouraged! Your questions may help a presenter to identify unclear points of their presentation or new avenues to explore.

Poster Printing

For all conference presentations, including on-campus symposia, Emory students may print their posters for free with Emory College Computing Support!

You only get one free print, so be very careful about your poster format and make sure you follow the printing instructions in step one below.

Follow these steps to print your poster:

  1. Make your poster: Download the Poster Printing Guidelines to ensure that your poster meeting the printing requirements.

  2. Proofread your poster: Poster re-prints must be done elsewhere (FedEx Kinkos or Emory Print Services) at the expense of the student, so make sure the first version you print does not contain errors.

  3. Submit your poster: Upload a PDF version (per the guidelines in step #1 above) to the Poster Submission

  4. Retrieve your poster: Posters can be picked up in the poster bin outside 1655 North Decatur Road during designated pick-up times.

Abstract Archive

Learn about the fascinating research students have presented at past symposia.

Check out previous symposia abstracts here.

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