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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS)


The 2019-2020 URS will be held on Tuesday, April 7th, 2020!

This all-day event is hosted by the Undergraduate Research Center. Students from many different disciplines present and share their scholarship with other students and faculty across campus. The day ends with an art exhibition reception on the lower level of the CSU and a celebration banquet dinner in the CSU Ballroom.






Find the 2019 URS Schedule and Abstracts here:

2019 Schedule of Events

URS Presentations


Ready to start creating your presentation?

There are two types of presentations: 90-minute poster sessions and 60-minute oral presentations. For poster sessions, presenters will have their poster displayed throughout the entire session. For oral presentations, each presentation will be allotted 15 minutes. See links below for information on how to prepare your presentation for the URS. 


What should I wear to my presentation?

  • Presenters are expected to dress professionally. While this may look differently depending on department, keep in mind that your dress and appearance will contribute to your presentation.
  • Below are a few images from the internet that can help guide and inspire you:


What time should I arrive to my presentation?

  • Students should check-in at least 30 minutes prior to their presentation. The check-in table will be located in front of the CSU Ballroom.

What if the time I have been assigned to present at the symposium conflicts with my classes?

  • Scheduling numerous presentations during the day is time and resource intensive and we do our best to accommodate. However, conflicts may arise. We suggest that you contact your professors as soon as possible to communicate about your attendance that day and if necessary, please email for an excusal letter, but keep in mind that it is always up to the course instructor.

Can I invite family, friends, classmates, and other faculty to see my presentation?

  • It is encouraged that you invite others to attend the symposium! The event is free and open to everyone.

Do I need to be at my session the entire time?

  • Yes. Poster presentations are expected to be available and prepared to discuss their posters with visitors and judges during the assigned time. Oral presenters are expected to remain for all presentations in the session.

 Judging FAQs

Who will be judging my presentation?

  • The judging pool is made up of faculty, staff, and graduate students, and are assigned to projects based on college. Presenters will not know who their assigned judges are beforehand.

How many judges will there be?

  • Each presentation, oral and poster, is assigned 2 judges.

What will I be judged on?

What happens with the judging results?

  • At the celebration dinner the evening of the URS, an Outstanding Presenter will be selected from each oral session as well as multiple presenters from each poster session. Recipients will be acknowledged and receive a certificate. In addition, all presenters are able to contact the URC to see the feedback regarding their presentation.