Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium

Thank you to those who attended the 2023 Summer Symposium!

Next Summer Symposium: July 25, 2024

Poster Symposium | Research Talks | Virtual Presentations

2023 Summer Symposium Abstract Booklet (PDF)

2023 Presentation Keys by College/School, Student, and Summer Program 

The Purdue Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium is an opportunity for undergraduate researchers conducting research at Purdue to showcase the scholarly work and creative endeavors they have been engaged in through research talks or poster presentations.

Any Purdue student may present during this symposium. Non-Purdue students working with a Purdue-affiliated research program or mentor can present during this symposium.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium is held on the last Thursday of July.

Why should I participate in Purdue's undergraduate research conferences?

Being directly involved in the process of discovery is a great experience and provides many skills that will support your future success. Continuing the research process and presenting your work will prove invaluable in your efforts to present your work in the future at future conferences, with potential employers, and with potential graduate school programs.

The undergraduate research conferences, including the Summer Symposium, are open to the public and showcase the research of Purdue undergraduate students. Additionally, the Summer Symposium is a great opportunity to present your work in a low-stakes, non-judged environment if you plan to present during the Fall Expo, Spring Conference, or at your own institution's research presentation day.

Other Opportunities to Showcase Your Work

Communicating research through presentations and publications is an important part of the research process. Several options are available to students to showcase and publish their work including the Fall Expo, the Spring Conference, a hands-on event called Celebrate Purdue's Thinkers, Creators, and Experimenters, and the Undergraduate Research Pitch Competition. Several undergraduate research programs and academic units also have symposiums/poster sessions throughout the year.

For those students who are willing to invest more effort, the Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research (JPUR) and the Purdue Journal of Service-Learning (PJSL) hold the option of experiencing the scholarly publishing process and its benefits. These multi-disciplinary open-access journals are available in print and online. The PJSL focuses on projects with strong service-learning and academic civic engagement aspects. Click “Get Published” for more information.