Forums and Events

Campus Events

Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forum

The Forum is the campus-wide event to celebrate individualized scholarly activities done by undergraduates.

Held twice per year, The Forum is geared towards student research and scholarly projects that may be multi-semester projects, senior honors/capstone projects, or other faculty-mentored scholarly activities. Approximately 350+ students participate from a variety of disciplines across campus. Projects are shared in a ‘display’ format.  Most students will do research poster presentations; however, students with art and design work can display their work with an explanatory poster/sign.

Although there are many juniors and seniors presenting at the Forum, freshmen and sophomores do participate if they have projects completed. All majors and academic disciplines are welcome! This is an especially great opportunity for seniors completing departmental honors projects.

Attending the Forum is also a great activity for freshmen and sophomores, and faculty might consider crafting an assignment around attending and talking with student presenters.

Undergraduate Visual Art & Design Showcase

Mizzou undergraduate students are invited to submit their expressive art and applied design projects to be presented at the Visual Art & Design Showcase in Jesse Hall. Students selected to participate will visit with a panel of guest jury members and be eligible to compete for professional development funds and other awards.

All projects must have a visual element central to the work. The Visual Art & Design Committee will have final approval of projects and display requests.

Beyond the Columns

Held each fall, Beyond the Columns is an an annual event for MU undergraduates who conducted research at another institution, abroad or at a field site to showcase their projects. All students who conducted off campus research projects are encouraged to participate regardless of major or field of study.

The 2018 event will be held in the McQuinn Atrium in the Bond Life Sciences Center on Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 from 4:30-5:30 pm.

Click Here for the 2018 Beyond the Columns Application.

Class Research Project Poster Day

This event is geared towards entire classes/courses that have a ‘research/scholarship project’ as a course requirement. It is offered as an opportunity for instructors who wish to have a more public and formal venue for students to present their ‘end of semester research projects’ than in their classrooms. The Office of Undergraduate Research sets up poster boards (42 x 42 inches) and provides push pins and punch/cookies. There are no abstract books, name tags, assigned spots or awards. Projects tend to be less intense than the those presented at the Forum and are done in the context of a class assignment, perhaps in the last few weeks of the course. For some courses, the project represents the first time a student has ‘dipped their toes’ into the scholarship of the discipline. Project displays (in addition to posters) are welcome.

Faculty interested in learning more about this end-of-the-semester event and signing up their class to participate should contact Linda Blockus ( Staff in the Office of Undergraduate Research are also available to make a class presentation about turning scholarly projects into visual posters.


UM System Events

UM System Undergraduate Research Day at the State Capitol

Undergraduate researchers demonstrate to lawmakers in Jefferson City the unique opportunities undergraduate students have to participate with faculty in research at the University of Missouri.


National Events

Council on Undergraduate Research Posters on the Hill — Washington D.C.

Undergraduate researchers present their projects to national elected officials. This event helps members of Congress understand the importance of undergraduate research by providing them with the opportunity to talk directly with the students affected by the programs Congress funds.

NCUR — National Conference on Undergraduate Research

The mission of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) is to promote undergraduate research scholarship and creative activity done in partnership with faculty or other mentors as a vital component of higher education.

ABRCMS — Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students

The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), is one of the largest communities of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students attend this conference to present their research, explore graduate schools, and network. Research faculty and program directors play an essential role in mentoring students and strategies for facilitating student success.