Undergraduate Research Week at Mizzou

Undergraduate Research Week @ Mizou

April 17-22, 2023

To recognize the scholarship and research being conducted by undergraduate students at the University of Missouri, as well as the faculty who take great care and time to mentor them, Undergraduate Research Week at Mizzou (URW@Mizzou) will highlight and showcase many of the projects and works being conducted by Mizzou Tigers. 

With a variety of events and programming, the Office of Undergraduate Research welcomes everyone at MU to join us in celebrating the students and the faculty who make Mizzou a Tier 1 Research Institution.

The Spring Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forum will be the main event, which will be hosted in-person in Memorial Union. We are also proud to again host the Humanities Symposium as part of URW@Mizzou, the theme for 2023 will be, “Surveillance and the Self”. To learn more about the Humanities Symposium or applying to the Forum, click the links on the right in the side menu.

Events: 2023 URW@Mizzou 

Additional events and specific times/information will be added as they are confirmed, so please check back. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns at ugr@missouri.edu.

The Keynote speaker will be Dr. Sara Blaylock.


Events: 2022 URW@Mizzou 

To provide you an idea of what URW@Mizzou for 2023 will look like, please see below for the 2022 programming:

Monday, April 18th

Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forum (2nd floor Memorial Union, 11 am – 4 pm) 

  • Poster sessions* (click to open a PDF listing Student Project #s and each sessions presentations.)
    • Session #1: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
    • Session #2: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
    • Session #3: 2:30 – 4:00 pm
  • Oral Presentations**
  • Humanities Symposium: Student Presentations
    (S203 Arvarh Strickland Room, Memorial Union 1:00 – 2:30 pm)
  • Undergraduate Research Resource Fair (information tables hosted by campus partners)

There will be three 90-minute sessions from which student may choose to present their work on this day: * stand by their poster; or, ** make an oral presentation.

VADS Reception (Columbia Art League, 207 S. 9th St., 5 – 7 pm)

Reception for the 2022 Visual Art & Design Showcase at the Columbia Art League. (All projects  will be on display at the Columbia Art League from April 12th – 23rd.)

Rituals: The Liminality of Death, A Multimedia Exhibit” Exhibition Opens (Conley House, 9 am – 4 pm daily)

Scholars on the Arts, Social Science & Humanities (ASH) research team will be presenting a multimedia interactive augmented-reality (AR) exhibition. This exhibition explores the liminality of death and features handmade urns created by each student in addition to a digital component. The exhibition is open daily through the end of the week. 


Tuesday, April 19th

Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forum (2nd floor Memorial Union, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm)

  • Poster sessions* (click to open a PDF listing Student Project #s and each sessions presentations.)
    • Session #4: 9:30 – 11:00 am
    • Session #5: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
    • Session #6: 12:30 – 2:00 pm
    • Session #7: 2:00 – 3:30 pm
  • Oral Presentations**
  • Undergraduate Research Resource Fair (information tables hosted by campus partners)

There will be four 90-minute sessions from which student may choose to present their work on this day: * stand by their poster; or, ** make an oral presentation.

Resumé Workshop (2nd floor Memorial Union, Room 204, 1:30 – 2:30 pm)

In collaboration with the MU Career Center, learn how to translate your research experiences into a high-impact resume. Students should bring a hard copy of their most recent resume for in-person feedback.

VADS Video Screening (Forum 8 Theatre, 6:00 pm)

Join us at the Forum 8 Movie Theatre (1209 Forum Katy Pkwy) for a screening of all six Visual Art & Design Showcase exhibition videos. Runtime is roughly 50 minutes.


Wednesday, April 20th

Workshops: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (Zoom)
Students considering graduate studies in non-clinical STEM fields are encouraged to assemble an application for the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Join staff from the Offices of Fellowships & Advanced Studies and Undergraduate Research to learn about the program and application process (to be submitted during the fall of your senior year or as a beginning graduate student). Undergraduates, graduate students and mentors are welcome and encouraged to attend. Full details can be found here. Click on the specific workshop to register. 

Humanities Symposium: Keynote Speaker (MU Student Center, Leadership Auditorium, 4:00 pm)
Timothy Carson, D.Min, teaches courses and seminars on liminality in the Honors College of the University of Missouri, including Liminality Seminar, Liminality and Literature, Liminality and Film, and Liminality and the Sciences. He is the curator of TheLiminalityProject.org and co-founder of EngagedLiminality.org. He is the author of Liminal Reality and Transformational Power (2016), editor of Neither Here nor There: The Many Voices of Liminality (2019), co-author of Crossing Thresholds: A Practical Theology of Liminality(2021), and editor of The Liminal Loop: Astonishing Stories of Discovery and Hope (2022).

Affiliated Event: Student Research Showcase (Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 4:00 – 6:00 pm)
Current undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students and trainees share their findings related to autism spectrum and/or other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Affiliated Event: English CAP Reading (Student Center, Leadership Auditorium, 7:30 pm)
This event features senior writers who have completed their creative-writing capstone projects as they read them to a live audience. 


Thursday, April 21st

Exploring Research Communities @ Mizzou: Next Generation Precision Health (Zoom, 9:00 – 10:30 am) 

There are hundreds of researchers at Mizzou, each working on important and interesting research and creative projects. Besides googling websites, how do you find out about what all these people are studying? In this series of panel discussions, Exploring Research Communities @ Mizzou will bring together a small group of Mizzou researchers who work on a similar topic, but approach it from very different directions. Panelists will discuss their research topics and what students in their research groups might expect.

In this panel, the unifying theme is ‘precision health,’ and we will be joined by:

  • Shannon Kelly, Biomedical Sciences
  • Ming Yang, Surgery
  • Jing Zhou, Genetics Area Program
  • Feyza Nur Arguc, Microbiology
  • Ayse Ece Gulen, Child Health
  • Taylor Kelty, Nutrition & Exercise Physiology
  • James Smith, Nutrition & Exercise Physiology

Affiliated Event: Council on Undergraduate Research Awards Ceremony (online, 1:00 – 2:30 pm)

The Psychology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research will recognize one of Mizzou’s outstanding research mentors as the 2022 recipient of the CUR Psychology Division Mid-Career Mentoring Award. Congratulations to Dr. Nicole Campione-Barr for receiving this national award! RSVP by April 18th to obtain the Zoom link.  

Affiliated Event: Show-Me Research Day Poster Session (Bond Life Sciences Center, McQuinn Atrium, 3:00 – 4:00 pm)

Missouri Show-Me Research Day is an event that brings together research across scientific disciplines being studied in Mizzou’s Bond Life Sciences Center. The poster session will highlight research performed by undergraduate, graduate, professional students, faculty, and staff to celebrate excellence and foster collaboration. 

Humanities Symposium: Student Panel Discussion (MU Student Center, Leadership Auditorium, 3:00 – 4:30 pm)

Selected undergraduates will discuss their research and scholarship with each other as it relates to “Borders and Boundaries.” 

Affiliated Event: Cherng Distinguished Speaker (Memorial Union, Wrench Auditorium, 4:00 – 5:00 pm) 

Kate Greene is an accomplished poet, essayist and former laser physicist. In 2013, Greene was the crew writer and second-in-command on the first simulated Mars mission for the HI-SEAS project funded by NASA. In her book, “Once Upon a Time I Lived on Mars: Space, Exploration and Life on Earth,” Greene draws on her experience to contemplate humanity’s broader impulse to explore. Her presentation is entitled, “Queering Space Exploration.” 


Friday, April 22nd

Undergraduate Alumni Panel (Zoom, 10:00 am)

The ability to engage in meaningful mentored research as an undergraduate profoundly effects academic and professional trajectories. Join several Mizzou alumni to hear how undergraduate research impacted them personally, and where they are today! 

  • Grace McNamee (English, 2015). Editor at Bloomsbury Publishing for adult fiction and nonfiction
  • Kanwal Haq (Biological Sciences, 2013). Program Manager at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Marc Canellas (Mechanical Engineering, 2012). Assistant Public Defender for Arlington County, VA

Undergraduate Research Week Closing Ceremony (MU Student Center, Leadership Auditorium, 2:00 – 3:00 pm)

Gather with the entire Mizzou community to celebrate achievements of undergraduate scholars and their mentors. Recognitions include:

Art of Death” Exhibition Reception (Conley House, 3:30 – 5:00 pm)

Gather with the ASH Scholars and research mentors as they conclude their interactive augmented reality (AR) presentation exploring the liminality of death. 


Tuesday, April 26th

Posters on the Hill (online, 1:00 – 3:00 pm)

This prestigious event, hosted by the Council on Undergraduate Research, celebrates the impressive work of selected student scholars and communicates the importance of undergraduate research at the federal level.   (Typically this event is held on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.) This is the third year in a row that an MU student has been selected for this national event! All faculty, mentors, administrators, family, and friends who would like to join in on the celebrations and watch the presentations do not need to register, but do need to RSVP here to receive the viewing link.

The Office of Undergraduate Research would like to thank our campus partners: the Office of Fellowships & Advanced Studies, MedOpps, Study Abroad, Writing Center, Campus Writing Program, McNair Scholars, University Libraries, MU Career Center, School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Department of History and the Office of Undergraduate Research Ambassadors.