Undergrad Exhibition for Research, Inquiry, Creative Activity to be held online

Students who want to participate will have an extra week, until March 29, to submit applications and abstracts

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Office of Undergraduate Education will now hold its yearly research showcase event online, April 15-17, as students at Penn State finish the Spring 2020 semester remotely.

Students who want to participate in the Undergraduate Exhibition for Research, Inquiry, and Creative Activity will have an extra week, until March 29, to submit applications and abstracts. The application can be found here.

Undergraduate students from all campuses and academic disciplines are encouraged to participate through performances, presentations and traditional posters.

“One of the important parts of the research process is sharing findings and discoveries,” said Alan Rieck, associate vice president and associate dean of Undergraduate Education. “The exhibition is one way in which we assist students in having this experience. This year’s exhibition will allow students to do that, but in slightly different formats than in the past.”

Applications are also still open for the Engagement Experience Poster Exhibition, which can be found here.

More information on format and submission instruction will be available in the coming days. Awards for top presenters will remain the same as previous years.

For more information on the exhibition, and to learn about the various ways to participate, visit the Undergraduate Research Office website.

About the Undergraduate Exhibition

Undergraduate students each year share their creative or academic work through presentations, performances and posters.

Presentations are great for students who don’t have a traditional poster to present. These sessions are five minutes long per presenter (or group of presenters) with another two minutes for a question and answer session. Each presentation will be judged by at least two judges.

Performances can be music, writing, poetry reading, dance, theater and other displays.

The traditional poster is the most popular way to convey research. There are five different poster judging categories: arts and humanities (including visual arts), engineering, health and life sciences, physical sciences, and social and behavioral sciences.

Projects may enter as course-based projects, research or creative work that was completed as part of a class assignment. These projects should reflect how scholarly research or creative methods should be used to address or present a problem, issue or question.

The Undergraduate Exhibition is coordinated by the Research Opportunities for Undergraduates program, which is part of Penn State Undergraduate Education, the academic administrative unit that provides leadership and coordination for University-wide programs and initiatives in support of undergraduate teaching and learning at Penn State. Learn more about Undergraduate Education at

Last Updated March 20, 2020