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Undergraduate Research Workshop Series

Learn the ins and outs of what it takes to be an undergraduate researcher at the University of Missouri with our annual Undergraduate Research Workshop Series! Topics include: funding your research experience; planning successful abstracts, posters, and presentations; graduate school 101; and more!

All workshops are held on Mondays from 4:00 – 5:00 pm in 171 of the Bond Life Sciences Center.


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.

Life Sciences Week

Missouri Life Sciences Week is a university-wide event that brings together research across scientific disciplines at Mizzou. We see it as a forum for ideas that highlights life sciences research performed by undergraduate, graduate, professional students, faculty and staff to celebrate excellence in science and foster collaboration.

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.


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.


Undergraduate Juried Art Exhibition

This exhibit features a variety of mediums including painting, fibers, photo, ceramics, sculpture, graphic design, and more by MU undergraduate students. We are pleased to welcome as this year’s juror Kenny Greene–jewelry artist/instructor, painter, and owner of Monarch Jewelry.

We are also grateful for the support provided by our award sponsors: Resident Arts, the Moreland Family, the Offices of Undergraduate Studies & Undergraduate Research, and the School of Visual Studies.


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.


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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.


SACNAS – Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science

SACNAS is the largest broadly multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity conference in the country.

Through our Keynote Speakers, multidisciplinary sessions, exhibit hall, 1,000+ student research presentations, and cultural events, the SACNAS conference consistently provides a unique intersection of cutting-edge science, community, and opportunity.