Undergraduate Research Symposium

Shine in the Spotlight

May 13-17, 2024


The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) hosts the UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium, an annual week-long event in May that offers hundreds of undergraduates the opportunity to present the results of their research or creative activities in a professional setting. The 2024 Symposium will include innovative art performances as well as oral and poster presentations from undergraduates in all majors and disciplines.

This free event draws thousands of attendees, including undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, family, friends, and other members of the community. We hope you will join us in celebrating the great accomplishments of our talented student researchers!

The countdown is on!  Scroll down to see how you can participate.








Student Research

Presentations are grouped into topic clusters. Clusters may include students from different majors and disciplines. The 2024 topic list will be available in April 2024. To get an idea of the breadth of topics presented you can view content from 2023 by visiting the UROP Hub.

Student Performances

Students from Claire Trevor School of the Arts will showcase their research through live performances during two sessions on May 17. See the schedule below.


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Join us as a Judge

Judges are needed in three categories: Virtual Oral Presentation Videos, In-Person Oral Presentation Spotlights, and In-Person Poster and Performance Showcases, which are described below.


Express your interest in presentation judging here.

Virtual Judge

Judges are needed to review and score videos to help us select the top 40 researchers that will present in one of four categories over four evening sessions, May 13-16. Video judges will be provided with a link to a set of videos that can be viewed at any time during the assigned judging window (approximately 5 days). Submit scores and feedback online to help select presenters for the Oral Presentation Spotlights.

Oral Presentation Spotlight Judge

Four nights to deliver 40 presentations. All oral presentation sessions will be held Monday through Thursday, May 13-16 from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm.  Each night will include an interdisciplinary mix of presentations. All in-person presenters will be recognized as recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. The top presenting individual or team from each night, as decided by a team of judges, will also receive a monetary award.

Poster and Performance Showcase Judge

This all-day event will provide the opportunity to deep dive into undergraduate research. Walk the floor and talk to students about their projects, findings, and how they have grown through the process. The creative majors will host two performance showcases featuring multiple researchers per showcase who will demonstrate innovative research in the Arts. The top posters in each theme, as determined by the judges, will be recognized as a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. The top poster presenter or team in each theme will also receive a cash award.

Friday, May 17, 10:30 am – 5:00 pm 


Time Frame                                                       
Registration/Check-in  10:00 am – 2 pm
Poster Showcase #1  10:30 am – 12:00 pm 
Concession Open 11:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Claire Trevor School of the Arts Performance Showcase  #1    12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Poster Showcase #2   1:30 pm – 3:00 pm 
Claire Trevor School of the Arts Performance Showcase  #2  3:15 pm – 4:15 pm 
Awards Ceremony   4:15 pm – 5:00 pm 
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