28th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

Discovering New Paths | Friday, May 21, 2021

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

2021 Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium

The year’s symposium theme is Discovering New Paths, representing the resilience of UCI undergraduates in their pursuit of research and discovery. This all-day virtual event will focus on student engagement and discovery through both oral and poster presentations that highlight the wide array of research happening across all majors. We will also acknowledge the outstanding contributions of faculty and students at the Chancellor’s Awards. The event will feature inspiring keynote presenters, and we will have opportunities for thought-provoking conversations on the topics of today during lunch and learn sessions.

Registration Open!

The 28th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held Friday, May 21, 2021, from 9:00 am-4:30 pm.
View the Event Schedule and register to attend this free event.

Call for Participants

Share your accomplishments through an oral or poster presentation at the 2021 Undergraduate Research Symposium.  Due to space availability associated with an online event, this year’s Symposium will be focused on students who received monetary or Honorary UROP and/or SURP awards from Fall 2019 to Winter 2021, with priority given to current students who are graduating seniors or groups with graduating seniors. If you are a continuing student who is not able to present this year, we look forward to seeing you at next year’s event.

The Call for Participants for the 2021 Undergraduate Research Symposium has closed

Student Presenter Resources and Deadlines: 

Workshops and Resources:


  • April 26 – Deadline to complete profile in Whova and submit Abstract.  
  • May 10 – Deadline for Poster presenters to upload poster and video to Whova.
  • May 18 – Final deadline to upload any revised resources to Whova.

Lunch & Learn

Join in the conversation on topics important to professional success. Each 30-minute session will feature one speaker addressing topics such as Work/Life Balance, Women in STEM, Non-Academic Research, and more.


This year’s Symposium will include three virtual networking events held throughout the day. We will offer two structured speed-networking sessions and one open networking session after the event, so there will be plenty of opportunities to connect with other attendees!

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.