Undergraduate Research Symposium

Undergrad Research Symposium

2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium Logo

14th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

Saturday, April 24th, 2021


The 13th Annual URS is CANCELLED as of March 15, 2020.

Updates from the URS Team: 

May 10, 2020

Dear URS Community, 

We are proud to announce that the Awards Committee and URS Team has finished selecting winners from our virtual 13th Annual URS Award Submissions.

The winners are:

Best Overall Poster: Kyler Kelley

Honorable Mention Poster: Stephen Casper

Honorable Mention Poster: Jamie Washington and Asiah Byers

Best Overall Oral Media: Samuel Titone

Honorable Mention Oral Media: Ellie Bragg

Graduating Senior Award: Victoria Osborne

Graduating Senior Honorable Mention: Barrie Homer

Graduating Senior Honorable Mention: Neisha Pander

Honors Assam Scholarship Poster: Stanlee Brandt

Honors Assam Scholarship Oral-Media: Y Luong

FAST Award: Anubhav Thakur

T-Shirt Design Winner: Frank Gassmann

Congratulations to our winners! And thank you to all those who submitted their presentation for an award. We admire and appreciate your commitment to undergraduate research

To view our virtual awards ceremony, visit our URS PROGRAMS page. 

Thank You,

The URS Team

To the URS community:

In response to current precautionary instructions to keep us well and healthy, we are cancelling the 13th annual URS. We have had great feedback from some of our presenters and faculty with ideas to hold a virtual conference, but we are unable to facilitate a virtual URS right now. We know that this conference is a vital part of the educational experience at SHSU, and we continue to find ways to support undergraduate research.

With this in mind, we will still offer our award scholarships: Assam Scholarship, Best Overall Poster, Best Overall Oral-Media, Best Graduating Senior Award, and Honorable Mentions.

We also encourage all student presenters to include their presentation information on their curricula vitae, noting that the presentations were accepted but that the conference was canceled due to COVID-19.

We truly appreciate your support as an audience member and hope to see you at next year’s symposium.

Until then, please take good care of yourselves!

The URS Team

Looking for more information about our URS T-Shirt Design Contest?


Mission Statement

The URS was conceived of and is hosted by the Honors College Student Ambassadors, who believe in the importance of sharing undergraduate research in a multi-disciplinary environment. It was created to:

  • Provide a forum for students to present their research to faculty and other students
  • Give students the opportunity to practice public speaking to prepare for future conferences
  • Give students the chance to network with other students and faculty
  • Help students grow as emerging professionals in their fields of study

To achieve these ends, the URS is a congenial, positive, professional environment, and faculty volunteers serve as moderators to provide informal yet constructive feedback to everyone who presents.

Event Information

The Undergraduate Research Symposium is held at the Sam Houston State University campus in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences building and in the newly-renovated Lowman Student Center. The conference will be held on April 18, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM with lunch being served at noon. 

Please plan to stay for the whole conference: Symposia are not organized (and in this case, paid for) so that you can present your work and leave; they are intended to foster collegiality and to promote the exchange of ideas. Plan to attend other sessions and visit the posters during our poster session. Join us for lunch; it’s FREE!

Remember to invite your faculty advisor, family, and friends. They can join us for FREE but must register so we can account for their event materials and meals. Register them by using the REGISTRATION INFORMATION button above.

Informational Meetings

Come find out more about the Undergraduate Research Symposium during these wonderful co-chair led sessions!

We will be discussing not only when and where the URS will be, but also details about how to present, what your abstract should look like and we will give more information about the three SCHOLARSHIPS offered.

This is also a great time to bring up any questions you may have!

Our URS 2020 Informational Sessions were on:

Wednesday, February 12, at 3PM in the Olson Auditorium, ABIV, Room 220

Thursday, February 13, at 3:30PM in LSC 230A

Workshop Series

Symposium Workshop

Stop by during any of the above shown workshop sessions for help preparing your presentation abstract and/or design. Take advantage of the presentation practice date to practice before the URS!

Our Workshop Series Sessions are on:


ABSTRACTS & PROPOSALS: March 4, at 4PM in the Newton Gresham Library Room 157

DESIGN: April 2, at 4PM in the Newton Gresham Library Room 157

PRACTICE: April 15, at 4PM in CHSS Room 220


The Elliott T. Bowers Honors College

Academic Building IV Suite 201 | Box 2479 | Huntsville, Texas 77341-2479

Phone: (936) 294.1477 | Email: honors@shsu.edu

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