Michael Lawrence, a freshman of McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, presents his poster, "The Cave: Plato's Allegory and the Rise of Western Civilization" at the 6th annual URSS.

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Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium

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WHEN:Thursday, April 9, 2015 will mark our 7th Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium.

WHERE:
Power Center Ballroom

WHO:
Duquesne University undergraduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to participate!

HOW:
Submit your abstract via our online submission form. The form will available in January. Deadline for submission is March 12th at 4:00.

For more information about the URSS view our Frequently Asked Questions.

For questions regarding the URSS, please contact Mary McConnell in the Office of Research, mcconnellm@duq.edu, 412-396-1537.

Please read our Rules & Regulations.

What is the URSS?

Held annually each spring, the Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium (URSS) provides Duquesne University undergraduates the opportunity to share their research and other forms of scholarship with faculty, peers, and the local community.

The Symposium encourages undergraduates from all areas of study to engage in research opportunities early-on in their academic career.

Who participates in the URSS?

The URSS is open to ALL Duquesne University undergraduate students from across the disciplines and colleges who have completed or are in the process of completing individual or collaborative research as part of a course or major. The Symposium serves as an excellent venue to practice and perfect presentation skills whether it is through a poster or oral presentation.

Last year's symposium featured over 106 submissions & 160 students with subjects ranging from math and science to history and music. There was even a performance of an original composition from students from the Mary Pappert School of Music.

What kind of research/projects are accepted?

We accept individual and group presentations from all disciplines in the form of a poster or oral presentation. Due to time limitations, we are forced to limit the number of students who present orally. However, all students who submit a valid abstract will be accepted to the poster session. The online abstract submission allows individuals & groups to register for the symposium. Please read the rules & regulations prior to submission.

FAQs

Background Information

What is the URSS?

Held annually each spring, the Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium (URSS) provides Duquesne University undergraduates the opportunity to share their research and other forms of scholarship with faculty, peers, and the local community.The Symposium encourages undergraduates from all areas of study to engage in research opportunities early-on in their academic career.The URSS consists of a Poster Session and Oral Presentations. Participants are provided with a free boxed lunch and are eligible for several cash awards. Visit our archive to view award winners and program booklets containing student abstracts from previous symposia.

Eligibility and How to Apply

Who is eligible to participate in the URSS?

The URSS is open to ALL Duquesne University undergraduate students from across the disciplines and colleges who have completed or are in the process of completing individual or collaborative research as part of a course or major. The Symposium serves as an excellent venue to practice and perfect presentation skills whether it is through a poster or oral presentation.

The URSS features student groups and individuals with subjects ranging from math and science to history and music. We have even had a performance of an original composition from students from the Mary Pappert School of Music.

How do I apply for the URSS?

The online submission form opens in January, after students return for Spring semester. Once the form is open, the link will be available on our main page.
The application will include:

  • Student contact information, class rank, and school
  • Name of your faculty advisor
  • Attending authors of the project (besides yourself)
  • Title of your project and an abstract with a maximum of 150 words
  • Whether or not you would like to orally present
Does my project have to be from the semester during which the URSS occurs?

No. We accept projects from either semester, as long as your work was completed as a student at Duquesne.

My research or project is not yet complete. Am I still able to submit an abstract?

Yes. Your project does not necessarily have to be complete at the time of submission or when you present.

Project Questions

What kind of research/projects are accepted?

Most presentations are based on projects associated with a class taken at Duquesne. Many students build presentations around projects from class, research papers, a thesis, service project, etc. We accept individual and group presentations from all disciplines in the form of a poster or oral presentation. Due to time limitations, we are forced to limit the number of students who present orally. However, all students who submit a valid abstract will be accepted to the poster session. The online abstract submission allows individuals & groups to register for the symposium. Please read the rules & regulations prior to submission.

Can group work be presented at the symposium?

Yes! Research and scholarship often involves peers and collaborators. If you are submitting a group project, please choose ONE group member to register on the group's behalf. This person will act as the "group leader" and will be in charge of forwarding any communication to the other members. Please use caution when filling out the registration form, because the information provided may appear on name tags, programs, and other printed materials.

I'm planning on presenting my project at another symposium. Am I allowed to use the same project for the URSS?

Yes. The URSS is a great venue to practice for upcoming symposia or other professional events. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.

Do you accept projects in formats other than posters?

Yes! The URSS celebrates research and scholarship from all disciplines. We realize that not all forms of scholarship are best represented in a poster format,. Over the years, we have had a variety of creative displays of scholarship. From instrumental performances of original compositions to slideshows on laptops displaying photographs from service projects, we try our best to accommodate your work.

Poster Presentations

What dimensions should my poster be?

Posters must be NO LARGER than 36" by 48". Students are required to share a corkboard or table with one other student or group project. Therefore, it is important to stay within the dimensions to avoid having to overlap projects.

My project requires me to set up supporting material or a 3D poster. Can I use a table rather than a corkboard?

Yes! The online submission form will have a place to indicate your preference for either a corkboard or table.

How will I know where to set up my poster?

Each participant is assigned an abstract number in the weeks leading up to the symposium. It's important that students check their email regularly for instructions and other information regarding the URSS. Your abstract number will indicate where you will set up your poster. A map will be emailed to participants in advance as well as available the day of poster set up.

Oral Presentations

Who is eligible to give an oral presentation?

Due to time constraints, we must limit the number of oral presenters at the URSS. If you are interested in giving an oral presentation, there will be a box to check on the online submission form. Abstracts from students who indicate that they are interested in orally presenting are reviewed anonymously by a selection committee. Oral presenters will receive notification of their acceptance or rejection in the weeks following the submission deadline.

Students who have indicated an interest in orally presenting but who are not selected to do so will automatically be enrolled to participate in the poster session.

If I am selected to orally present, am I required to also participate in the poster session?

Yes. Oral presenters are also expected to create a poster for the poster session.

What is the set up of the oral presentation sessions?

The Oral Presentation sessions consist of a podium with a microphone, rows of chairs for the audience, and a screen for power points or other media. The podium contains a computer and audio capabilities.

What is the time limit for my oral presentation?

Oral presentations are limited to 15 minutes. If you would like to have time for the audience to ask questions, we suggest that you build it into your presentation.

General Questions

When will I find out if I have been accepted to participate in the poster session?

All undergraduate students who submit a valid abstract are accepted into the poster session. We will inform you if there are any issues with your registration. Once the submission deadline has passed, you will begin to receive email correspondence from us with further instruction.

What should I wear to the URSS?

We suggest that you dress in business casual. This means no jeans, shorts, flip flops, etc.

I have class the day of the URSS. Can I still participate?

We understand that everyone's class and work schedules vary. If you have a prior professional commitment such as work or class, you are permitted to leave and then return to the symposium. We encourage you to inform your professors of your participation in the URSS.

Will there be food?

Yes. URSS Participants will be served boxed lunches, courtesy of the Office of the Provost.

Awards and Judging

What sort of awards does the URSS have to offer?

Thanks to our generous departmental and organizational sponsors, there are several monetary award opportunities for student participants. Check out our awards page for more information.

How are the awards judged?

Faculty and staff representing the various award sponsors will view posters the evening before the URSS without students present as a "sneak peak." Judges will also be present the day of the symposium to interact with students.

When are the awards announced?

Awards are announced at the end of the day of the URSS at our Award Ceremony.

I won an award at the URSS. How do I collect my winnings?

The Office of Research will need to gather additional information in order to process the checks for students. Therefore, the checks will processed in the weeks following the symposium. You will also be given an award certificate.

If you have additional questions, please contact Mary McConnell, Office of Research, 412-396-1537 or mcconnellm@duq.edu.

Award Opportunities

Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium

Each year, various university departments generously sponsor cash awards for outstanding research and scholarship.

ACES: Academic Community-Engaged Scholarship

Outstanding Community-engaged Scholarship Project: $250

The aim of this award is to recognize research or scholarly work that engages Duquesne's communities (at the local or global level) as partners in the research or scholarship enterprise.

ACES Award Criteria

Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

2 for Excellence in Research in the Basic Sciences: $300

Students participating in the Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium whose project fall within the realm of the basic sciences will be considered for this award. 

BSNES Award Criteria

Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and Center for Spiritan Studies

Catholic Intellectual Tradition and Spiritan Studies Award for Undergraduate Research: $250

The aim of this award is to celebrate and encourage undergraduate research that engages resources in Catholic intellectual traditions in general or Spiritan sources more particularly.

Award Criteria

Gumberg Library

Gumberg Library Award for Undergraduate Research: $250

The Gumberg Library Award judges posters based on their intellectual merits and demonstration that the research presented meets the standard of its field.

Library Award Criteria

Honors College

Outstanding Poster: $250

Symposia posters are at their best when they optimally combine intellectual sophistication with legibility to the non-specialist. Therefore, criteria for this award include: scholarly rigor; visual appeal; organization; professional polish.

Award Criteria

Mary Pappert School of Music

Mary Pappert School of Music Undergraduate Award: $250

The Mary Papper School of Music Undergraduate Award is open to all music students who participate in the URSS.

Award Criteria

Mylan School of Pharmacy

Award for Undergraduate Research: $250

The Mylan School of Pharmacy Award for Undergraduate Research serves to recognize projects in the field of pharmacy which demonstrate a high level of scholarly merit.

Award Criteria

Office of the Provost

Outstanding Scholarship Award: $250

2 for Honorable Mention: $125

This award serves to recognize outstanding scholarship within the university across all of the fields of study. The awards will be given to a student demonstrating exceptional scholarship through either poster or oral presentation.

Award Criteria

Office of Multicultural Affairs

Outstanding Undergraduate Research: $250

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is pleased to sponsor an award for outstanding, undergraduate research. The aim of this award is to recognize and celebrate research that contributes to creating, and maintaining an inclusive campus community here at Duquesne University.

Award Criteria

Phi Kappa Phi, National Honors Society

Outstanding Research: $500

2 for Honorable Mention: $250

Posters from all disciplines accepted to the URSS will be considered for the Phi Kapp Phi Awards.

Award Criteria

Rangos School of Health Sciences

2 for Rangoes School of Health Sciences Award for Undergraduate Research: $250

Students of the Health Sciences who are participating in the URSS will be eligible for these awards.

Award Criteria

School of Nursing

School of Nursing Undergraduate Research Award: $250

The School of Nursing Undergraduate Award is available to students participating in the URSS whose research is applicable to the healthcare and/or nursing field. Projects will be evaluated based upon the the use of existing research for support, understanding and application of principles of research, effective communication, etc.

Award Criteria

University Academic Sustainability Committee

Excellence in Sustainability & the Environment: $250

Preparing

Before You Apply

  • Before you apply to the URSS, please read the Rules & Regulations as well as the Frequently Asked Questions.
  • When filling out the submission form, be extra careful and ensure that all entry fields are filled out completely. Information that you enter (including your abstract and author names) will be transferred as-is to the program booklet. The email address that you enter in the form will be used for vital communication regarding the event.
  • You will need the following information to register:The title of your presentation
    Your faculty mentor/advisor's name
    Your completed abstract
    The names of your co-authors (if applicable)
  • For general questions, please contact Mary McConnell, mcconnellm@duq.edu, 412.396.1537.

Preparing Your Poster

  • View our Academic Poster Guide power point for tips and pointers prior to creating your poster.
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  • Speak with your faculty advisor for guidance when preparing for the URSS.
Archive

Click the buttons below to view program booklets, award winners, and photographs from past symposia.

Rules & Regulations

Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium

Eligibility
  • Must be a current Duquesne University undergraduate student.
  • All disciplines are welcome and encouraged to participate.
  • Students are permitted to use projects from either Spring or Fall Semester.
  • All Duquesne undergraduate students who submit a valid abstract & list their current Faculty Advisor will be accepted to participate in the Poster Session at the URSS.
  • Group projects are accepted. Please assign only ONE group member to act as your "Group Leader." He or she will be responsible for submitting the abstract and passing on any email communication that happens between submission and the symposium.
  • Please note: Our submission form will only accept ONE abstract per user. If you are part of a group project and also wish to participate in the URSS with an individual project, you must assign someone else in your group to be the "Group Leader."
Abstracts and Poster Presentations
  • Abstracts must be 150 words or less.
  • POSTERS SHOULD BE NO LARGER THAN 36" by 48". Posters which are larger than the maximum size will be disqualified from participating!
  • Posters should contain a prominent title, name the authors, & effectively convey the findings of your research.
  • Participants may either elect to use a corkboard or a table for poster display. If your project is going to be 3D (such as a tri-fold or containing props, a computer, etc), we suggest the use of a table. If your poster is going to be flat, we suggest that you use a corkboard.
    Note: Participants are expected to share one side of the corkboard or table with another person/group.
Oral Presentations
  • Due to time constraints, only a select number of students will be chosen to present.
  • To be considered, pleased indicate your interest on the online submission form.
  • Students who wish to present at the URSS will be notified of their acceptance by a couple of weeks after the deadline.
  • Oral Presenters are also expected to participate in the poster session.
  • Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes. Power point will be available for those who are interested.
Event Format
  • The URSS consists of a poster session, oral presentations, a keynote speaker, & an award ceremony
  • Mandatory set up of posters will take place the day before the symposium between 9:30 and 2:00.
  • Continental breakfast will be provided for participants between 8:00 am and 9:00 am.
  • Doors open to the public at 9:00 am.
  • A specific schedule will be emailed and posted to the website in advance of the symposium.
  • Event dress is business casual.
  • If you have class during the day that you are unable to miss we understand! We have several students that leave throughout the day for class and then return.
Awards
  • Cash prizes will be awarded to a select number of students who show outstanding
    research and scholarship.
  • Judges from each sponsoring department will select the winners.
  • If the winning project has multiple authors, the award money will be split evenly between all student authors.
  • Please see the URSS Awards page for a list of the various awards.

Visit our FAQ page.

If you have additional questions, please contact Mary McConnell in the Office of Research.

Phone: 412.396.1537 Email: mcconnellm@duq.edu