31st Annual UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium

May 13-17, 2024

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) hosts the UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium, an annual event held in May, that offers hundreds of undergraduates the opportunity to present the results of their research or creative activities.

Mark your calendar May 13 – 17, 2024 and join us for a full week of activities with the theme, Shine in the Spotlight. We encourage all students, faculty, staff, and community members to attend and celebrate with us.

Oral Presentation Spotlights: Symposium week kicks off May 13 – 16 with four nights of select in-person oral presentations that highlight insights, innovations, inspirations, and impacts. Students who would like to do an oral presentation will submit a short video and finalists will be invited to present at one of the four themed nights.

Poster and Performance Showcase: The week culminates in an exciting all-day event on Friday, May 17 from 10:30 am – 4:45 pm at the UCI Bren Events Center, where all undergraduate students can present their research via Poster Presentations in one of two poster sessions. We encourage attendees to engage with the poster presenters, watch artistic performances, and network with industry representatives.

Student Presenter Finalists from both Oral and Poster Presentations will receive recognition at the awards ceremony, along with a gift card and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research.

The Call for Student Presenters will open in March and close in early April. More details will be shared via email and on this website in winter quarter.

Why attend Symposium video.

Highlights from the 2023 Symposium

We were excited to host 589 presentations made by 956 undergraduate students in May 2023! Click on the image below to see student profiles and highlights of their presentations. We congratulate these student researchers and celebrate their accomplishments!

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.

Why Undergraduate Research Is 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.
  • We encourage 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.

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.”


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