Paige Martz

Posters on the Hill (Washington D.C.)

Poster Session on Capitol Hill

The University of Missouri nominates undergraduates to share their university research experiences in Washington D.C. for “Posters on the Hill” on Capitol Hill in the Spring.  The deadline for University of Missouri nominees is in the early Fall.

This application is a preliminary step to attending Posters on the Hill sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research. A campus committee will screen applications for academic discipline representation, appropriateness of research topic, and communication skills. MU will select up to 6 students to nominate for this event. Selection from MU does not guarantee participation in the event.  However, students chosen by the Council of Undergraduate Research will have their travel, lodging, and registration expenses paid by MU.

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. Nothing more effectively demonstrates the value of undergraduate research than the words and stories of the student participants. This event highlights the high-quality research being conducted by undergraduates at Mizzou.


The MU committee looks for students who have been significantly involved in the research endeavors of the University either with their own projects or through meaningful involvement with ongoing faculty projects. To qualify for participation in the event, nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Students must be undergraduates at Mizzou during the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • Research must have been conducted under the guidance of a Mizzou faculty member.
  • Students must have presented at the UM System Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol (Jefferson City, MO) in the past two years.
  • CUR requires that research projects represent at least one of CUR’s divisions: Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/Astronomy, Psychology or Social Sciences.

Successful nominees will be able to convey their experience and enthusiasm to national legislators and other elected officials in a poster session. Selection of nominees is based on the quality and nature of the project and the student’s ability to represent Mizzou.

Students selected to serve as national undergraduate research ambassadors will be asked to attend several meetings and workshops in preparation for the event. Workshop topics will include presentation skills, how to meet and greet lawmakers, and other protocols. Students will also be asked to prepare a brief presentation on their work suitable for delivering the “take-home message” in a few minutes. Students will participate in a practice session.

Faculty are encouraged to seek the assistance of their nominee in completing the nomination form. For additional information, contact Jenn Brown, in the Office of Undergraduate Research, 150 Bond Life Sciences Center at 573-882-4818 or

Download Application (Coming this Fall)