The 29th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

will be held Friday & Saturday, May 20-21, 2022.

Register to Attend

This year’s theme, Rising to the Challenge, symbolizes the need for our students to continue to engage and succeed despite a constantly changing environment. We are excited to host over 500 presentations made by 765 undergraduate students this year!  Join us as we celebrate their accomplishments. Registration is free but required for all attendees. 

The Registration Deadline has passed. On-Site Registration is available on Saturday for those who missed the deadline. Lunch is not available for late registrants. 

For a sneak preview, visit our NEW:

  •  Symposium Engagement Hub.  This online platform contains event schedules, information, and student profiles and presentations.  More content will be added closer to the event, so check back regularly for updates.

Presenter Information

The Call for Presenters for the 2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium is now CLOSED.  Late requests cannot be accommodated.

Student Presenter Deadlines:

  • May 2: Deadline to submit revised abstracts online. ALL projects need to be resubmitted by May 2 regardless of whether or not changes have been made.  See email sent to all presenters on 4/21 for details.
  • May 6: Deadline for UROP to review abstracts.  Students with insufficient abstracts will be contacted via email by this date and will be given a firm and final deadline of May 13 to make any final revisions.  If you are not contacted by May 6, your abstract has been approved for posting to our Symposium Engagement Hub.
  • May 9 @ 11:59 pm (Posters Only): Deadline to submit electronic poster online and to a printer to allow time for printing. Electronic files submitted to UROP must be in JPEG or PNG format, 10MB in size or smaller, and preferably a minimum of 870 pixels wide.  
  • May 11 (Orals Only): Updated estimated date for UROP to notify students of their presentation time.  
  • May 13 @ 11:59 pm: Deadline for ALL ATTENDEES – including Presenters – to submit the General Registration form.  This is different from the Registration to Present form.  We encourage presenters to invite friends, family, and colleagues and ask them to complete the form by the deadline.

Student Presenter Resources:

Lunch & Learn

Join in the conversation on topics important to professional success. Each 30-minute session will feature one speaker addressing topics such as Professional Development Throughout Your Career, Navigating Graduate School, Starting a Business from an Idea, and more.


There will be plenty of opportunities to connect with faculty, industry, and 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.

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