The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) provides students with the opportunity to present their research at three annual undergraduate research symposia. Students are encouraged to present their research at one of OUR’s triannual, professional, and judged symposia. Undergraduate students will share their work with the campus through poster presentations, oral presentations, and exhibits. All of these experiences serve as a real-world proxy to prepare students for graduate school, professional workforce, and life beyond college.

The Fall 2020 Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium would not be possible without the support of the UNLV community and leaders, the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents, faculty research mentors, judges, and our innovating undergraduate researchers!


What is a virtual research symposium?

In response to COVID-19, we have shifted the Fall 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium to a virtual symposium with student wellbeing, professional development, and research readiness in mind.

Similar to OUR’s triannual, live undergraduate research symposia, this semester’s virtual symposium will showcase UNLV’s undergraduate research as poster presentations, podium presentations, and lightning talks.

Student presentations will be available for public view starting Monday, November 16, 2020. For more information about each scheduled presentation, please visit our Academic Program page.


What are acceptable stages of research for the Undergraduate Research Symposia?

We define undergraduate research in the broadest and most inclusive way. The following are considered acceptable forms and stages of research that can be presented at OUR’s symposia:

  • Literature-based research (e.g. review of climate change research)
  • Reviews of publicly available facts rather than subjective opinions
  • Evaluation of previously published data from open access databases or previously
  • published research
  • Preliminary analysis, results, or findings from ongoing research
  • Proposed methodologies, plans, questions, and goals