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Faculty and Staff Information

Ways to participate in the symposium

Incorporating the Symposium into the Curriculum

Sponsoring a student presenter--encourage a student to submit an application for a project you are familiar with and review their abstract. Updates will be sent by email about the syposium. Please plan to attend their session and come to the presenter-sponsor lunch in Atwater on the full day of the symposium.

Media Agreement--Be aware that final student abstracts are publically available online. Please contact URO if this is an issue for you as a sponsor.

Other Ways to Participate--
As well as being a student sponsor, faculty and staff are welcome to serve on the symposium committee, its subcommittees or at the symposium as a moderator. If you are interested, please email the committee chairs. Otherwise, all faculty and staff are encouraged to check the schedule and attend student presentations throughout the event.




The symposium is open to students of all classes, and is intended to showcase all forms of student intellectual inquiry, including the following:

  • Independent research with a faculty or staff adviser;
  • Class-wide research or group projects;
  • Summer or winter internships involving the meaningful exploration of a topic;
  • Creative work, including studio art and dramatic or musical performance;
  • Research conducted while studying abroad.

Presentation formats include 15-minute oral presentations, 15-minute music, dance, film, and theater presentations, staffed poster sessions, and staffed artwork displays.

Class presentations--Most of our oral presentation sessions involve four 15-minute presentations by individual students from different disciplines on a common theme to form a 75-minute session (5 minutes between presentations). However, some presentations are from an entire class on group work. An all-class presentation can be for an entire 75-minute session with one group presentation or multiple individual 15-minute presentations on the shared topic. Alternatively, students involved in group class projects may submit one 15 or 35-minute presentation to be incorporated into a standard multidisciplinary 75-minute session.


The event on Friday is located in and around McCardell Bicentennial Hall. Locations of associated activities on Thursday or Friday night are listed in the program.

Language Policy

Students are invited to submit presentations conducted in any language. We will, however, require that non-English presentations include English translations in a format appropriate to the presentation’s structure, such as slide subtitles.


The application process for this year’s symposium will begin with an all-campus email message in December, inviting all students to participate. A similar message will be sent in January. Students participating as individuals, small groups, or classes must all submit an on-line application, and each presentation must include a designated faculty or staff sponsor. See the current application deadline at go/symapp. Students and their sponsors will be notified of their presentation time and grouping in late March.

Please feel free to speak with any member of our planning committee to share questions, ideas, or feedback (see members in right sidebar).