Virtual URSS Information

The 2021 Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium will be held completely online. At the time of submission, students must indicate what type of presentation (or presentations) they intend to do. All students who submit a valid abstract will be permitted to present a poster accompanied by a video explanation under 3 minutes. Live oral presentations on Zoom will be limited, and selected in advance by a peer review committee. 

Undergraduate Research Week

April 12 through April 16, 2021

Virtual poster sessions and videos will be available for browsing the entire week. Students, faculty, judges, and attendees will encouraged to interact via question and comment. Live presentations will take place on designated days/times via Zoom (schedule TBD).

Submit your Abstract by March 15, 2021!


Presentation Formats

Poster Sessions (Virtual)
  • Virtual Poster Session will take place on an online platform Symposium by Forager One.
  • Create a pdf. of your poster.
  • Create a 2-3 minute video or audio explanation to accompany the poster. Students will upload their videos to YouTube and then share the unlisted YouTube link with us (instructions will be sent out to participants).
  • Posters and accompanying videos will be uploaded by YOU no later than one week prior to the event. Upload instructions will be sent out to participants.
  • Peers, faculty, and staff will comment throughout the week asking questions and encouraging responses. 
Oral Presentations via Zoom
  • Live oral presentations will take place throughout the week via zoom. Schedule TBD.
  • If you are selected to give an oral presentation, you will be invited to submit a paper for publication in the URSS Proceedings published in the DU Scholarship Collection.
  • Oral presenters are chosen by a peer selection committee. Slots are limited due to time constraints. You will be informed sometime after the deadline whether or not you have been selected. 
  • **All oral presenters must also participate in the poster session**
Creative Video Competition
  • Produce a creative video about your research or project under 3 minutes in length. Check out previous submissions here!
  • The video competition differs in that videos can be edited with sound, graphics, and varying locations. 

Award Opportunities

Various departments and centers at Duquesne sponsor monetary awards for this event. Judges will view poster and video presentations throughout the week. Award winners will be posted on our website and notified via email no later than one week following the conclusion of the event. Winners will be invited to submit papers for digital publication on the DU Scholarship Collection. To view award opportunities, visit the URSS home page and click the "Award Opportunities" tab.