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2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium  |  Thursday, May 21


2020 Symposium Program Book

The Symposium Program Book contains a hyperlinked Table of Contents to facilitate review of the Concurrent Sessions Schedule and List of Presentation Abstracts.


Virtual Symposium Navigation Guide

Welcome to our 10th Annual (virtual) Undergraduate Research Symposium.  In place of our floor maps of the Erb Memorial Union and poster location diagrams, we offer the following virtual map to the Symposium.

Please consult the detailed “Concurrent Sessions Schedule” and List of Presentation Abstracts to help identify the session, presenter, or faculty mentor you are searching for.


Live Stream Presentation Sessions via Symposium YouTube Channel

Six sessions will be available via a livestream on the Symposium YouTube Channel.  These livestream sessions are open to the public (with comments disabled) and do not require an RSVP or invitation.  Livestream sessions are denoted in the Concurrent Sessions Schedule and listed below:

10:00am-11:30am:                      Oh, the Humanities!

12:00pm-1:00pm:                        Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) Student Panel

1:30-3:00pm:                                Pens and Clicks are Mightier than the Sword

3:15pm-4:45pm:                          Earning Your Stripes: Zebrafish Research

5:00pm-6:00pm:                          To the Moon and Back-Relativity Matters

6:00pm-7:00pm:                          Interact and React


Zoom Presentation Sessions

All other presentation sessions (see Concurrent Sessions Schedule) will be hosted in Zoom meetings.  Guests interested in watching and/or participating in a Zoom Presentation Session live are invited to submit their RSVP via the Symposium guest list survey.  Requests are received on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Guests that can be accommodated based on capacity will receive a personal invitation link (URL) to the Zoom meeting via email.  RSVPs must be submitted by Wednesday, May 20 at noon.

For security and manageability reasons, Zoom meetings will be capped at approximately 40 total participants, including student presenters, session moderators, faculty mentors, and RSVP guests.  All faculty mentors will automatically receive invitations to their mentee’s sessions and do not need to submit an RSVP.

Zoom Presentation Sessions include oral and creative work presentations from during the first four concurrent session time slots, and interactive poster presentations during the final two concurrent session time slots.  A special McNair Scholars Program Sessions is scheduled from 5:00-7:00pm.


Prerecorded Presentations

Student choosing not to present “live” during a Livestream Presentation Session or Zoom Presentation Schedule have prerecorded their oral and poster presentations.  These videos of student presentations will be released for asynchronous viewing on the Symposium YouTube Channel at 8:30am on the morning of the Symposium.


Online Exhibit of Undergraduate Research and Creative Work

All Livestream Presentations and Zoom Presentations will be recorded and posted on the Symposium YouTube Channel after the Symposium to create a permanent digital exhibit of UO undergraduate research and creative work.  These presentation videos will be organized in thematic playlists along with the prerecorded poster and oral presentations.  Guests are encouraged to watch these presentations if they are unable to participate during the live event.

Questions and comments for the presenters may be submitted during and after the event to


General Agenda

Pre-Symposium: May 18-20: Individual Poster Presentation Videos Released for Viewing  

8:30am                                    Symposium Welcome Video - Remarks from Symposium Co-Chairs, Provost Patrick Phillips, and VPRI David Conover; Announcement of Faculty Mentor Awardees

10:00 am to 11:30 am             Live Streamed Oral Session 1 via YouTube

10:30 am to 12:00pm             Special Environmental Leaders Academic Residential Community (ARC) Session

11:45 am to 1:15 pm               Live Streamed Oral Session 2 via YouTube

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm                Live Streamed Oral Session 3 via YouTube

3:15 pm to 4:45 pm                Live Streamed Oral Session 4 via YouTube

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm                Live Streamed Poster Session 1 via YouTube

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm                Live Streamed Poster Session 2 via YouTube                        

Post-Symposium:                  All presentation videos (live streamed and recorded) will be availalbe on the Symposium YouTube channel as an ongoing digital exhibit of undergraduate research and creative work, curated throughthematic playlists.