September – December

  • Begin thinking about what you might want to present. You can present work completed in the past year or an ongoing project. Your project or research does not need to be complete before you present.
  • Start writing and fine-tuning your project title and abstract or artist’s statement. Visit The Writing Center and view their tips on how to write an abstract for your research.
  • Consider which presentation format would work the best for your project. See the “Prepare” page for more details on presentation formats.

January – March

  • Add any finishing touches to your project title and abstract or artist’s statement. Ensure that both have been thoroughly proofread.
  • Decide on your presentation format.
  • Make sure to fill out and have your mentor sign your mentor approval form.
  • Submit your application!


  • Begin working on your presentation, poster, display, or performance. Visit the “Prepare” and “Present” pages for guidance on developing your materials and tips for presenting.
  • Keep an eye on your email inbox for messages from the Undergraduate Symposium coordinator.


  • Put the final touches on your poster, presentation, display, or performance.
  • Begin practicing your presentation.
  • Invite your mentor(s), friends, and family to the symposium.
  • Encourage other students to attend– the symposium is a great place to learn about your peers’ projects, to network, and to access professional development resources.
  • Ensure that you have marked your presentation session, time, and location in your calendar.
  • Contact the Undergraduate Symposium team with any questions you have at least 24 hours before the day of the symposium. 

April 25th

  • Present your project at the Undergraduate Symposium!



Email ugradsymposium@wisc.edu.

2025 Symposium
Important Dates

January 21: Symposium application opens

11:59 PM on March 16: Symposium application deadline

April 25: Symposium held at Union South