Undergraduate Research Symposium

Each year in May, UROP hosts the UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium, an event that offers hundreds of undergraduates the opportunity to present the results of their research or creative activities in a professional setting.

The all-day event focuses on student engagement and discovery through both oral and poster presentations that highlight the wide array of research happening across all majors. It is also a time when we acknowledge the outstanding contributions of faculty and students at the Chancellor’s Awards. Each year, the event features inspiring keynote presenters and provides many opportunities for thought-provoking conversations on trending topics. Stay tuned for more information about next year’s Symposium.

Why Undergraduate Research Is So Important

  • We believe that engaging in the research process is one of the best ways for students to discover their interests and proceed with confidence into their future.
  • We encourage all UCI students to get involved in research because it helps them gain valuable skills regardless of the type of profession or academic undertakings they wish to pursue after graduation.
  • Unlike other programs that favor a more passive model of student learning, UROP encourages students to take an active role in their academic development. The success of the annual UROP Undergraduate Symposium proves that empowering students to take charge of their education leads to improved academic and professional outcomes.

Corporate Engagement

 

The Undergraduate Research Symposium offers a unique way for Industry Colleagues to learn about UCI.  Gain access to view all of the presentations and network with hundreds of students and faculty from across campus. Sponsor and speaking opportunities are also available. For more information, visit our Corporate Relations website.

Student Testimonials 

 

“The research symposium is a great platform for us students to present our research findings and educate others while doing so. I enjoyed attending the Symposium to learn about others’ research projects, and I also enjoyed sharing my project.”

Hannah

Nursing Science

“The opportunity to present my research findings at the Symposium allowed me to complete the scientific method for my honors research project. My presentation was not only a culminating experience for my academic career at UC Irvine but also the beginning of my research career. This opportunity has prepared me for the next step in my academic and scientific journeys.”

Nicolas Gutierrez III

Criminology, Law and Society

“I would like to thank the faculty that set up this year’s Symposium for giving us students the opportunity to present our research work and findings, even though it was not set up in the traditional format due to Covid-19. I greatly appreciate all the mentors who guided and supported my undergraduate research. The time I spent by being involved in academic research transformed my mindset toward future academic endeavors, my character, and my overall professional development.”

Elliott Einstein

Biological Sciences