About the undergraduate symposium

Since its inception in 1999, the Undergraduate Symposium has showcased thousands of undergraduate students’ research, creativity, service-learning and other scholarly activities. The annual symposium continues to celebrate the work of our talented students, highlighting their achievements for the campus and the broader community. The Symposium provides opportunities for students to display, perform, or discuss their work in a professional setting.

Commonly Asked Questions

Who is eligible to present?

All undergraduates enrolled at UW–Madison during the current academic year are eligible to participate, including those graduating in December. Visiting students who are not officially enrolled at UW–Madison, but are currently participating in an undergraduate team research project may present their work as long as one member of the project team is enrolled at UW–Madison and holds undergraduate status.

Who attends the symposium?

Students from across the university attend, as do faculty, staff, and members of the Madison community. You are strongly encouraged to invite your friends, mentor or sponsor, and family.

How do I apply?

The Apply web page has an online application that typically opens up for submissions in mid-December. Note that you will be able to save your in-progress application. The Writing Center offers a variety of workshops and materials to help you prepare. Your application must include:

  • A clearly written abstract (brief summary) or artist’s statement for project.
  • Name and contact information for the mentor or sponsor on this project.
  • You must select your preference for presentation format (poster, talk, art project, film, performance, etc.) and presentation time.

Browse through our rich history of abstracts from over the years.

The Undergraduate Symposium is sponsored by Brittingham Trust and the Office of the Provost, through the stewardship of the General Library System, Undergraduate Research Scholars Program, Institute for Biology Education, the Morgridge Center for Public Service, the Writing Center and the Wisconsin Union.