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The Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium

The Center for Experiential Learning invites you to the Loyola Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium, Saturday, April 18, 2015, Mundelein Center, 11-4:30. Register here. 

A key event during the university-wide Weekend of Excellence: Celebrating Transformative Education, the 2015 Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium will give undergraduate students in all disciplines the opportunity to showcase their research and/or engagement projects. This event offers presenters and attendees alike an ideal venue to explore the full range of ways that undergraduates experience learning at Loyola. 

The symposium will feature oral and poster presentations from undergraduate researchers supported by LUROP Fellowships, as well as many other students who conducted mentored research through a course, an external summer program, an internship, or more.

Students involved in a community engagement project during the previous year--through a service-learning course, an internship, or a community partnership associated with a student organization--will also present the ways in which they have "put knowledge in service to humanity" in alignment with Loyola's mission.



Please check out our program below for a detailed schedule, presentation abstracts, and an index of presenters. Click the program to view in fullscreen, then you can use the tools at the top to zoom, conduct keyword searches, download the program, and more.

URES 2015 Program

What to Expect

To get a better sense for what to expect, check out the following recap of the 2013 symposium below as well as programs from previous years, and view pictures from the symposium in the upper-right hand corner of this page.


Three Ways to Present and Engage

The Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium will feature three distinct ways for students to present, and for audiences to explore, research and engagement projects.

Poster Session - The poster session has traditionally been the largest component of the symposium, and typically involves student researchers from the hard sciences as well as some of the social sciences and professional schools. The two poster sessions will each run for one-and-a-half hours in Mundelein Auditorium, and participants should be ready to deliver a brief presentation explaining their research to anyone who passes by, and prepare to answer questions from visitors, who may not be experts in their field. Poster presenters will receive feedback from evaluators. Please review these guidelines for research posters. Check the workshop resources on this page to help you prepare your poster and presentation. Posters are due for submission by April 8th. Follow these steps to submit your poster. 

Oral Session - Students involved in either a research or community engagement project are welcome to present in an Oral Session in which each student or group gives an 10 minute oral presentation followed by 5 minutes of questions. Oral Sessions will be held in Mundelein classrooms with AV equipment. Oral presenters are strongly encouraged to use include visual aids via Power Point presentation, Prezi, or other supplemental materials. Students will be grouped together based on the topic of their research or engagement projects, and all will receive feedback from an evaluator. Oral presenters should follow these oral presentation guidelines

Community Engagement Forum - The Community Engagement Forum will run concurrently with the research Poster Sessions, offering students an opportunity to showcase the products and impacts of community-based service and research, including work completed as part of a service-learning class, internship, or student employment position, as well as philanthropy/outreach projects of Loyola student organizations. Student presenters are encouraged to prepare community education/advocacy posters or other materials describing the key questions, issues, methods, and organizations that have framed their work using these guidelines



A reception and awards ceremony will follow the oral presentations, poster sessions, and community engagement forum. Awards include the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award, the University Libraries Undergraduate Research Paper Award, the Langerbeck Award for Undergraduate Research Mentoring, the Graduate Student Mentor Award, the Hayes Award for Advising and Mentoring, and three Community Engagement Awards.


One of Three Symposia

The Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium is one of three related research symposia on Saturday, April 18th. If you are interested in the undergraduate symposium, you may want to check out these related events.

The School of Education Research Symposium: A Community of Scholars

This symposium allows undergraduate and graduate students to showcase what they have learned through their research experiences, while also providing an opportunity for faculty and students in the School of Education community to discuss current research topics in education.

Saturday, April 18 10:00 AM  – 4:00 PM

Opening Session and Continental Breakfast: McCormick Lounge, Lake Shore Campus

Student/Faculty Presentations – Cuneo Hall, Lake Shore Campus

The Graduate School Research Symposium: Methodological Explorations

The Graduate School and the Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) host this forum for graduate students to present their scholarly work, engaging with those from other disciplines and focusing on the methodology of their project.

Saturday, April 18 8:30 AM  – 4:00 PM

Presentations: Quinlan Life Sciences Building (LSB)

Lunch and Faculty Guest Panel: Palm Court-Mundelein Center (PC), Lake Shore Campus


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