Presentation Opportunities

Student presenting research Sp22 Forum
Spring 2022 Forum – Student presenting their work to someone.
Research Day

This research showcase happens in the Fall and in the Spring on the last day of the semester’s classes (day before Reading Day.) Presentations from classes, in which research is conducted, are on view along with the research conducted by individual’s in labs in a single event. We encourage students across disciplines and at various points in their projects to present their work in this public venue. For the 2023 Fall semester, poster presentations will be held on Thurs., Dec 7th in McQuinn Atrium, Bond Life Sciences Center, time 2-4 p.m.

  • Instructors: Email Sarah Humfeld ( before November 3rd to request participation for students in your course. If your students are conducting course-based undergraduate research, please join us!
  • Individual students: For those who are conducting individual research with a mentor (for credit, capstone, honors-by-contract, programs, etc.), register for the event – Click here to register. Registration must be received by noon on November 3, 2023.
  • For guidance on poster printing, visit our ‘How to Design a Research Poster’ page.

Check our Events page in MU Engage for workshops relating to research communication.

Research & Creative Achievements Forum

There are two Forums held each year:

The Spring Forum is the campus-wide event to celebrate scholarly activities conducted by undergraduates, graduates and postdoctoral fellows. As part of Show Me Research Week it is the central event for this week highlighting the scholarly work that makes Mizzou a Tier 1 Research Institution.

The Summer Forum, held at the end of July, is for undergraduate students (visiting and those who call Mizzou home) to present their work.

The Forum is geared towards student research and creative scholarly activities that may be multi-semester projects, senior honors/capstone projects, or other faculty-mentored scholarly activities. Every semester, hundreds of students from a variety of disciplines across campus participate. Projects are typically shared in a ‘display’ format such as a poster; however, with the transition to online presentations, many students are also choosing to share video presentations.  Forums are scheduled in the Spring and Summer. The Forum is not only for STEM students: students in art, humanities and the social sciences are invited and encouraged to present their projects and scholarly activities.

To learn more about what it takes to present at the Forum, visit our “Applying to the Forum” page.
Undergraduate Visual Art & Design Showcase

All Mizzou undergraduate students are invited to submit expressive art, applied design, or other creative projects to the Visual Art & Design Showcase. The art/design projects need NOT be class projects, but may be something the student has created on their own. Mentorship from a faculty instructor with expertise in the creative discipline is required, but the mentor does not need to be involved every step of the way. All projects must have a visual element central to the work. The Visual Art & Design Committee will select projects for display as part of the Showcase, and have final approval of projects and display requests.
The 2024 Visual Art & Design Showcase will be both an online exhibition hosted by the MU Libraries and an in-person viewing with projects exhibited in the Columbia Art League April 9- 20th.
The submission date for projects will be Feb 28th, 2024.

Visit the 2023 Visual Art & Design Showcase
Visit the 2022 Visual Art & Design Showcase!

Undergraduate Juried Art Exhibition

Coordinated by the MU School of Visual Studies, this exhibit features artwork in a variety of mediums including painting, fibers, photo, ceramics, sculpture, graphic design, and more by MU undergraduate students. Organizers are grateful for the support provided by the award sponsors: Resident Arts, the Moreland Family, the Offices of Undergraduate Studies & Undergraduate Research, and the School of Visual Studies.

University of Missouri System – Undergraduate Research Day at the 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. To learn more click here.

These are only a couple of the national conferences available to which students present. Each discipline holds regional, national and international conferences about which we recommend you speak with your mentor. Some offer scholarships, or some form of grant for student presenters.

If you do present at a conference, be sure to inquire about what the poster size should be and any other expectations/parameters that are set. Your mentor should be able to assist you with these.

National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

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.

Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)

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.

Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans (SACNAS)

The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans (SACNAS) is the largest broadly multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity conference in the country. Through their 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. Find the Mizzou chapter of SACNAS in MU Engage.