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Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium


The 2017 Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium will occur on April 22, 2017.

A key event during the university-wide Weekend of Excellence: Celebrating Transformative Education, the 2017 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.

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.

Two Ways to Present and Engage

The Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium will feature two 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. Check the URES Workshop Resources to help prepare your poster and presentation. Please note that the poster printing submission deadline is Saturday, April 15 - follow the Instructions for Submitting Poster for the 2017 URES.

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. Presenters are also encouraged to utilize Learning Portfolios to further the conversation surrounding their work. 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 the URES Workshop Resources to help prepare your presentation‌.

Oral presenters are encouraged (although not required) to utilize Learning Portfolio Guidebook for their oral session presentation. Learning Portfolios add depth, critical reflection, and connection to description, analysis, and results of the project, as well as make learning and growth over time visible. Additionally, the live learning portfolio link can be accessible to both participants and non-participants and can provide a forum to share work, update the link in real time, and add on to the project once the presentation is over. For examples of learning portfolios and how to construct one, please visit our website at www.luc.edu/eportfolio for tutorials or review the following URES Learning Portfolio Presentation. Contact the Learning Portfolio Program at eportfolio@luc.edu to set up a meeting with a Peer Mentor for further questions and assistance!


URES workshops put on by CEL staff aid students in preparing for the Symposium. These workshops offer a chance to learn more about the two means of presentation and ask questions about their individual presentation ideas. CEL Peer Mentors and Staff will help students in preparing poster and oral presentations, additionally offering information regarding the opportunity to use a learning portfolio in their presentation.

2017 URES Workshops have concluded, but you can review the URES Workshop Resources to help you prepare your presentation. Please note that the poster printing submission deadline is Saturday, April 15 - follow the Instructions for Submitting Poster for the 2017 URES.


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.


Please check out the program below for last year's detailed schedule, presentation abstracts, and an index of presenters. 

2016 Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium Program


One of Three Symposia

The Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium is one of three related research symposia on April 22. 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.


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.


Presentations: Quinlan Life Sciences Building (LSB)

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