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Frequently Asked Questions
We invite research projects from all disciplines and encourage students to submit creative work for the symposium as long as it has an original, scholarly aspect. For all submissions, students must be working under the guidance of a faculty research mentor who can speak to the quality of the research; this includes students working on faculty research and students working on their own research under the supervision of faculty. Senior theses are good examples of the second type of student research. The Undergraduate Research Symposium is not an appropriate venue for “position papers,” where students present opinions rather than scholarly research.
From the national Council on Undergraduate Research: "Undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry is fundamentally a pedagogical approach to teaching and learning. With an emphasis on process, we define undergraduate research as: A mentored investigation or creative inquiry conducted by undergraduates that seeks to make a scholarly or artistic contribution to knowledge."
All are welcome to attend the Symposium. No registration is necessary.
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No. All undergraduates currently doing research with a faculty mentor are encouraged to apply. You can also apply if you have recently graduated but would like to present the research you completed while an OSU undergraduate.
No. Scholars in formal undergraduate research programs (e.g., Freshman Research Scholars, Niblack Research Scholars, Wentz Research Scholars) are encouraged to participate in the campus-wide Symposium. However, participation in the campus-wide Symposium is supplemental and does not substitute for required involvement in program-specific symposia.
Yes! We encourage performing and visual artists to submit applications to participate in the Symposium.
Yes. You are welcome to apply if you are an OSU undergraduate, regardless of where you performed your research. If you did your research project at another institution, you need to get your abstract approved by the faculty mentor you worked with there.
Yes. You do not need to have completed your research to be considered. Many students present ongoing research. It is perfectly acceptable to share preliminary results or anticipated findings at the Symposium.
Occasionally students are permitted to present two projects, but no more than two. Presenting two projects requires special approval by the Undergraduate Research Committee. If you would like to present two projects, please send drafts of both abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a short statement of why you would like to present two projects. If you do present two projects, the projects must be on separate research topics. If you are giving two presentations, the Undergraduate Research Committee highly recommends that one is a group project with other undergraduates.
Yes, Yes, and Yes! The event is free, and there is no attendance registration.
Yes, abstract writing workshops will be held during the weeks of February 7 and February 14, 2022, where you will learn the basics of abstract construction and see various examples.
The OSU Undergraduate Research Committee reviews all abstracts.
You are welcome to note those changes as you develop your final presentation. However, the abstract submitted with your application will be printed in the Symposium Proceedings and cannot be amended after the application deadline.
Faculty Research Mentors
We ask that faculty research mentors review and edit their students’ abstracts before submission. Abstracts will be published in the Symposium Proceedings, and therefore, students should submit a high-quality version that has been reviewed and approved by their faculty mentor.
In the weeks before the Symposium, we will publish the online Proceedings on a website, which will allow you to search for your students, find out the times/locations of the presentations, and print a pdf of their abstracts.
*Content for this page adapted from the University of Washington's Undergraduate Research Symposium.