Undergraduate Research Week at Mizzou

Undergraduate Research Week @ Mizou

April 18-23, 2022


To recognize the scholarship and research being conducted by undergraduate students on the Mizzou campus, as well as the faculty who take great care and time to mentor them, Undergraduate Research Week at Mizzou will highlight and showcase many of the projects and works being conducted on the MU campus.

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 of URW@Mizzou (Undergraduate Research Week at Mizzou) and for 2022 we will have an in-person event on April 18th & 19th; however, we are proud to again host as part of URW@Mizzou – the Humanities Symposium. The Humanities Symposium is a specific arena for scholarship in the humanities (Black Studies, History, Archaeology, English, Art, Digital Storytelling, and Classical Studies to name a few fields) to be presented in a manner that is conducive to those disciplines.

For 2022, the Humanities Symposium is being sponsored by the School of Languages, Literature, and Cultures with a unifying theme of “Borders and Boundaries.” Dr. Seth Howes, will be leading the Humanities Symposium programming with the assistance of Dr. Linda Reeder, who was integral in inaugural event in 2021.

About the theme “Borders and Boundaries”

Contributors to the Symposium are invited to reflect on borders and boundaries, with both critical and creative projects welcome. Topics may include, but are not limited to: shared spaces and social distancing; quarantine and isolation; border conflicts, political boundaries, and migration; internal and external boundaries, bodily borders and psychological boundaries; climate borders, environmental politics, and sacrifice zones; health status, dis/ability, and medical borders. How can the humanities help us understand borders, and provide insights into their creation, their movement and modification, and their disappearance?

Events and programming for the 2022 UGR Week are being determined. As soon as dates and events are confirmed, they will be added to this page. In the meantime, please see below for the  programming that we offered for the 2021 UGR Week.

All week

2022 Visual Art & Design Showcase Winning Projects on display at the Columbia Art League, (gallery is open Tues-Sat 12-4pm)

“Research in the Arts” panel discussion with Drs. Katina Bitsicas (Digital Storytelling), Linda Helmick (Education), and Claire Syler (Theatre)

“Putting Research on Your Resumé” workshop led by Laura Peiter from the Career Center.

Screening of videos from VADS 2021 at RagTag Cinema.


“Models of Outstanding Research Mentorship at Mizzou” panel discussion with Drs. Antoinette Landor (HDFS), Nicole Campione-Barr (Psychology), Aaron Stoker (School of Medicine), and Michael Marlo (English)

Humanities Symposium: Keynote Speaker, Dr. Kaleea Lewis
Dr. Lewis draws extensively from critical race theory (CRT), sociological theories of race and racism, and a social determinants of health framework. Her research broadly explores how systems of power and oppression emerge in the lived experiences of Black emerging adults and impact their mental health and mental health help seeking behaviors.


Undergraduate Research Alumni” panel discussion with Reagan Bluel (Animal Science ’03), Dana Duren (Anthropology ’93), Sarah Pribe (English ’20), and Sital Uprety (Civil Engineering ’14)

2021 Spring Undergraduate Research & Creative Achievements Forum OPENS!!!

Questions and comments are encouraged!


2021 Spring Undergraduate Research & Creative Achievements Forum open for commenting

Humanities Symposium: Student Panel Discussion


2021 Spring Undergraduate Research & Creative Achievements Forum continues

Closing ceremonies for Undergraduate Research Week at Mizzou

Speakers included:
– Dr. Thomas Spencer, Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development
– Dr. James Spain, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies
Events included:
– Outstanding 2021 Spring Forum abstracts recognized by Campus Writing Program with publication in Artifacts
– 2021 Visual Art & Design Showcase Mentor Awards
2021 Faculty Mentor of the Year Award: Dr. Pam Brown
– People’s Choice Award – 2021 Visual Art & Design Showcase – winner announced
– Recognition of S.T.A.R. recipients