Awards

Undergraduate Research Symposium Presentation Awards

The Undergraduate Research Symposium and sponsoring departments recognize students who have exceptional poster, oral, creative work, and data stories presentations. By participating in the Symposium, your presentation may be eligible. Presenters may indicate which award (s) they would like to be considered for on the Symposium presenter confirmation form that will be sent to all presenters after the registration deadline of April 12.

The UO Libraries will further honor the winners of the Biology Poster Award, the CAS Dean’s Poster Award in Natural Sciences, the Human Physiology Poster Award, and the Phil & Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact Poster Award by installing their posters in the Allan Price Science Commons & Research Library after the Symposium.

University Housing will similarly honor the winners of the awards by offering the opportunity for installing their posters in new permanent "Undergraduate Research and Creative Work" exhibit location in each of the Residence Halls. 

Below, is the full list of awards for the 2021 Undergraduate Research Symposium participants, as well as the 2020 award recipients and links to their presentation on the symposium YouTube channel.

We are excited to announce the inauguration of the following awards in 2021:

Asian Studies Award

Black Culture and Identity Award

Creative Writing - Kidd Program Award

Indigenous, Race and Ethnic Studies (IRES) Award

Institute of Neuroscience Poster Award

Latinx Studies Award

Native American and Indigenous Studies Award

School of Architecture and Environment Award

Theater Arts Award


General Eligibility Criteria

Depending on the scope of the award there may be additional criteria, but these are the basic criteria for eligibility:

  • Current University of Oregon student
  • Participation in the Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • Indicates that they would like to be considered for the award in the form that we will send out to all those accepted for participation in the Undergraduate Research Symposium
    • Students may self-nominate for a maximum of two total awards
  • Fits the scope/purpose of the award

 

School of Architecture and Environment Award *NEW for 2021

The School of Architecture and Environment Award recognizes oral, poster, and creative work presentations focused on a topic in the interdisciplinary field of Architecture/ Interior Architecture / Landscape Architecture / Historic Preservation and characterized by excellence and creativity in research and design, and clarity of delivery.  One $300 award and two $100 awards for honorable mention will be awarded. These awards are co-sponsored by the School of Architecture and Environment and the Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success.

Award Amount: One $300 award, and two $100 honorable mention awards will be given.

Sponsorship: School of Architecture and Environment and Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success

Eligibility & Conditions:

  • Open to current UO undergraduate students from the School of Architecture and Environment
  • Must be accepted to present at the 2021 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • If delivering a poster presentation, the digital poster must be submitted no later than May 18 to be eligible for judging (submission link will be provided to symposium registrants)

Asian Studies Award *NEW for 2021

The Asian Studies Award recognizes oral, poster, and creative work presentations focused on a topic in the broad, interdisciplinary field of Asian Studies and characterized by excellence in research and clarity of delivery.  One $300 award and two $100 honorable mention awards will be given. These awards are sponsored by the Asian Studies Program and the Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success.

Award Amount: One $300 award, and two $100 honorable mention awards will be given.

Sponsorship: Asian Studies Program and Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success

Eligibility & Conditions:

  • Open to current UO undergraduate students from all academic disciplines and majors.
  • Must be accepted to present at the 2021 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • If submitting a digital poster, the submission deadline is May 18 to be eligible for judging (submission link will be provided to symposium registrants)

2021 Award Recipients

$300 Award
Shuxi Wu "Television Adaptation in the Age of Media Convergence in China"

$100 Award
Mary Green "A Woman's Secret Language of Horror in The Tale of Genji"
Japeth Panganiban "Rain, Mercury and Corruption: Environmental Issues Portrayed Within Japanese Cinema"
Manami Uptegrove "Japanese Youth and Irregular Employment During COVID-19: A Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis"

Biology Poster Award

The Department of Biology will offer one $300 award, and may award up to three $100 honorable mention awards for posters with honorable mentions, in the fields of biology and marine biology.  Judging will be performed by senior level graduate students. 

Award Amount: one $300 award, and may award up to three $100 honorable mention awards.

Sponsorship: Department of Biology

Eligibility & Conditions:

  • A current undergraduate UO Biology or Marine Biology major working in any science lab at the University of Oregon.
  • An undergraduate student (from any major) who is doing work in a lab run by a biology department faculty member.
  • The award recipients must be accepted to and present at the 2021 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • The digital poster must be submitted no later than May 18 to be eligible for judging (submission link will be provided to symposium registrants)

Black Culture and Identity Award *NEW for 2021

The Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center in partnership with Black Studies academic program will offer awards for students who have a Black Culture and/or Identity focus to their research, performance, etc. presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Specifically, we desire to see projects that personify the nuanced, celebratory, and/or complexity of Black identity. We seek projects that range from academic research to performance art. The essence of Black culture and identity should an integral part of the project presented.

Award Amount: Three total awards will be given-  two for oral presentations and/or performance awards, and one for a poster presentation.

  1. Oral Presentation and/or Performance Awards
    • 1 - $250 award
    • 1- $150 award
  2. Poster presentation Award
    • 1- $100 award

Sponsorship: Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center, Black Studies Academic Program and Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success

Eligibility & Conditions:

  • A current UO undergraduate, enrolled full-time, from any academic discipline and major
    • Participants may self-select into one of the categories above (poster or oral/performance presentation) for award consideration
  • Oral Presentation and/or Performance Award
    • Must be present their work orally or via performance at the symposium
    • Note: This year, since all oral sessions will be recorded, there is no need to submit any additional recording. The review will be based off the recorded oral/performance presentation
  • Poster Presentation Award
    • The digital poster must be submitted no later than May 18 to be eligible for judging (submission link will be provided to symposium registrants)
  • The award recipients must be accepted to and present at the 2021 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium

CAS Dean’s Poster Awards

The University of Oregon College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) serves as the “heart and soul” of the institution, providing nearly 50 majors across the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.  The College boasts a highly accomplished and renown research faculty who provide students with an unparalleled academic experience.

Award Amount: Three $350 awards total, one in each of the following categories:

  1. CAS Dean's Poster Award in Humanities
  2. CAS Dean's Poster Award in Social Sciences
  3. CAS Dean's Poster Award in Natural Sciences

Sponsorship: College of Arts and Sciences

Eligibility & Conditions:

  • Participants must be current University of Oregon undergraduate student majoring in the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Natural Sciences
  • The award recipients must be accepted to and present at the 2021 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • The digital poster must be submitted no later than May 18 to be eligible for judging (submission link will be provided to symposium registrants)

2020 Award Recipients

CAS Dean's Award in Humanities
Zoe Haupt with Tillena Trebon, Maggie Wallace, and Allegra Wesson  "The competitive relationship between linguistic perception and production when learning a new sound contrast"

Honorable Mention
Maya Mackey and Abbey Ward "Language Proficiency and Lexical-Semantic Processing in Bilingual Toddlers"

CAS Dean's Award in Social Sciences
Abby Keep "Peace Canal: Conflict, Cooperation, and the Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance"

CAS Dean's Award in Natural Sciences
Faith Collins "Valence modulates self/other neural recapitulation during interpersonal perception"

Center for Environmental Futures Award

With generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this award recognizes oral and poster presentations involving undergraduate research in the field of environmental humanities, which contextualizes and complements environmental science and policy by pursuing research on narrative, critical thinking, history, cultural analysis, aesthetics, and ethics of diverse environmental topics and issues, such as land use, animals, resource allocation, agriculture, species conservation, climate change, water, and other related issues. Research in environmental justice is also an integral part of the environmental humanities at the UO.

Award Amount: Three $500 awards will be given. 

Sponsorship: Center for Environmental Futures

Eligibility & Conditions:  

  • Open to current UO undergraduate students from all academic disciplines and majors
  • Must be accepted to present at the 2021 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • The digital poster must be submitted no later than May 18 to be eligible for judging (submission link will be provided to symposium registrants)

2021 Award Recipients

Lofanitani Aisea "lwelek honk sa (Let's Kill It): Revitalizing Indigenous language & Exploding Settler Cows"
Abby Kellems "American Women Driving Classical Music and Environmentalism Forward in the Twenty-First Century"
Sydney Balderston "Student Responses to Climate Change: Determinants of Participation in Collective Action"

2020 Award Recipients

Jaemie Bynum and Alexandra Acosta-Torres "COVID-19, Climate Change, and Collages - A creative analysis disguised as an educational approach to inform about the connection between climate change and COVID-19"
Michaela Fishback "Population Dynamics in Endemic Serpentine Grassland Plant Communities Amid Anthropogenic Environmental Change"
Abby Keep "Peace Canal: Conflict, Cooperation, and the Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance"
Cal Penkauskas "Hogs and Hazelnuts: Resolving conflict between oak conservation and organic agriculture" (time marker 20:13)
Amy Shannon "Alutiiq Use of Birds at Rice Ridge (49-KOD-363), Kodiak Island"
 

Creative Writing- Kidd Program Award *NEW for 2021

The Creative Writing – Kidd Program Award recognizes excellent oral and creative work presentations from students currently enrolled in the Walter and Nancy Kidd Creative Writing Workshops. For the oral presentations, students will present on their Line-of-Inquiry project, their own exploration into the craft of writing. For the creative presentations, students will give a literary reading of their creative work.  

One award of $150 will be given for best craft (LOI) presentation and one award of $150 will be given for best creative work presentation, with $100 for one honorable mention in each category.

Award Amount: Two $150 awards, and $100 honorable mention in each category

Sponsorship: Creative Writing Program and Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success

Eligibility & Conditions:  

  • Open to current UO undergraduate students who are enrolled in the Kidd Program workshop
  • Must be accepted to present at the 2021 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • The digital poster must be submitted no later than May 18 to be eligible for judging (submission link will be provided to symposium registrants)

2021 Award Recipients

$150 Award
Amelia Hamerlynck LOI Presentation "Her body was a new and ancient rite': Contemporary Queer and Woman+ Poets Rewriting Ancient Greece"
Mia Vance Creative Reading "We Make Magnificence: Original Poems for Page and Stage"

$100 Award
Andrew Barron Creative Reading "One More Thing"
Emma Snyder LOI Presentation "Confessional Poetry, and the Liberation of the Invisibly Ill Poet"

Data Stories Presentation Award 

The Data Stories Presentation Award recognizes a data story presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.  The Grand Prize recipient (1) will receive an award with a value of $300 and two (2) honorable mention recipients will each receive $100 awards.  

Award Amount: one $300 award, and two $100 honorable mention awards will be given.

Sponsorship: UO Libraries / Data Services

Eligibility & Conditions:  

  • Open to current UO undergraduate students from all academic disciplines and majors.
  • The recipients must be accepted to and present in the Data Stories format at the 2021 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • The award may be used to support the student's pursuit of research or continued research methods or data education or training. 
  • Judging will be performed by members of UO Libraries Data Services Department staff and selected student employees. 
  • The digital poster must be submitted no later than May 18 to be eligible for judging (submission link will be provided to symposium registrants)

2020 Award Recipients

$300 Award
Maya Auld “What does being Latino/Latina/Latinx mean to you?”: A Thematic Analysis of Oregon Latinx Students and Their Ethnic Identity"

Honorable Mention ($100 Award)
Caryassa Dieni "The Transmission of Ecological Knowledge Through Star Myths"
Ryan Leriche "Learning to learn: Making sense of electrophysiology data"

Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success – Oral Presentation Award

The award recognizes undergraduate students who are delivering an oral presentation at the symposium. The award has a value of $500 and must be used to attend an academic conference within one year of receiving the award.  A graduating Senior is eligible to receive the award as a scholarship.  The Center for Undergraduate Research and Engagement (CURE) can assist the recipient with identifying a conference and preparing their application and presentation. 

Award Amount: one $500 award will be given.

Sponsorship: Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success

Eligibility & Conditions:

  • Open to current UO undergraduate students from all academic disciplines and majors.
  • Must be accepted to present orally at the 2021 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium.
    • This year, since all oral sessions will be recorded, there is no need to submit any additional recording. The review will be based off the recorded oral presentation
  • The award will be provided in the form of a scholarship to the student's billing account.

2020 Award Recipient

$500 Award
Cal Penkauskas "Hogs and Hazelnuts: Resolving conflict between oak conservation and organic agriculture" (time marker 20:13)

Food Studies Award

The Food Studies Award recognizes oral presentations or posters focused on a topic in the broad, interdisciplinary field of food studies and characterized by excellence in research and clarity of delivery.  One $300 award and one $100 award for honorable mention will be awarded. This award is sponsored by the Food Studies Program and the Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success.

Award Amount: One $300 award, and one $100 honorable mention award will be given.

Sponsorship: Food Studies Program and Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success

Eligibility & Conditions:

  • Open to current UO undergraduate students from all academic disciplines and majors.
  • Must be accepted to present at the 2021 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • The digital poster must be submitted no later than May 18 to be eligible for judging (submission link will be provided to symposium registrants)

2020 Award Recipients

$300 Award
Momo Wilms-Crowe "Desde Abajo, Como Semilla:" Puerto Rican Food Sovereignty as Embodied Decolonial Resistance"

$100 Honorable Mention
Emma Fallon "A Qualitative Study of Accessibility, Quality, and Affordability of Healthy Foods Within a Rural Oregon Town"

Department of Global Studies Award

The Department of Global Studies Award recognizes oral presentations or posters focused on an international or intercultural topic and characterized by excellence in research and clarity of delivery.  One $300 award and two $100 awards for honorable mention will be awarded.

Award Amount: one $300 award, and two $100 honorable mention awards will be given.

Sponsorship: Department of Global Studies

Eligibility & Conditions

  • Open to current UO undergraduate students from all academic disciplines and majors.
  • Must be accepted to present at the 2021 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • The digital poster must be submitted no later than May 18 to be eligible for judging (submission link will be provided to symposium registrants)

2020 Award Recipients

$300 Award
Maya Mackey "Ethnolinguistic Vitality of Spanish in Eugene"

$100 Honorable Mention
Raimy Khalife-Hamdan "Uneven Citizenship: Post-September 11 Immigration Enforcement and Separation of Arab, Middle Eastern, and Muslim Families"
Emma Zairi, Eloise Navarro, Edwin Guerrero "Impacts of Tourism on Machu Picchu"

Human Physiology Poster Award

The Department of Human Physiology, on behalf of the American Physiological Society (APS) Local Undergraduate Research Awards in Physiology (LURAP), will offer one $200 LURAP Award for a poster in the field of physiology. In addition, the Department of Human Physiology will offer five $100 Honorable Mention Awards for posters in the field of physiology. Judging for the awards will be performed by two faculty members, one of whom is a current member of the APS, in collaboration with faculty members and/or senior level graduate students. 

Award Amountone $200 award including a one-year APS undergraduate membership, and other APS materials, and five $100 awards will be given.

Sponsorship: Monetary component of each award provided by the Department of Human Physiology. One-year student APS membership and memorabilia kindly provided by the American Physiological Society.

Eligibility & Conditions:

  • For the LURAP Award, a current undergraduate UO Human Physiology major working on physiology in any science lab at the University of Oregon.
  • For the Honorable Mention Awards, a current undergraduate UO Human Physiology major working in any science lab at the University of Oregon.
  • For the Honorable Mention Awards, an undergraduate student (from any major) who is doing work in a lab run by a human physiology faculty member.
  • The award recipients must be accepted to and present at the 2021 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • The digital poster must be submitted no later than May 18 to be eligible for judging (submission link will be provided to symposium registrants)

2021 Award Recipients

$200 Local Undergraduate Research Awards in Physiology (LURAP) Award
Hailey Volk "Influence of Prenatal Nutrition and Supplementation on Birth Outcomes and Negative Affectivity in Infants"

$100 Honorable Mention Awards
Hunter Blaylock "Fetal Programming and the Effects of Maternal Diet on Offspring Cellular Quality Control"
Michelle Hernandez "Longitudinal Characterization of Inflammatory Biomarkers concurrent with the progression of an injury-induced model of Osteoarthritis"
Sahana Krishna Kumaran "Old Elastin Haploinsufficient Mice Have Impaired Memory, Motor Coordination, and Endothelial Function"
Ryan Leriche "Brain oscillations may represent a continuum from healthy to impaired movement speed"
Karina Shah "Comparing Acute Mountain Sickness Definitions to Examine Differences in Systemic Inflammation"
Julia Wolf "Effect of Pyridoxamine Treatment on Arterial Stiffness and Cognitive Function in Old Mice "

2020 Award Recipients

$200  Local Undergraduate Research Awards in Physiology (LURAP) Award
Byron Lee "Robo4 and its relationship to Alzheimer's Disease"

$100 Honorable Mention Awards
Mohini Bryant-Ekstrand "Cardiopulmonary Differences in Apnea Divers Breathing Isocapnic Normobaric Hypoxia"
Dominique Denning "Comparison of Stop-Signal and Continuous Movement Reaction Stop Times to Measure Inhibitory Control"
Vanessa Hufnagel "Electrophysiological Patterns of Skilled Movement"
Sydney Kobak "Histamine and Cardiovascular Adaptation to Endurance Exercise"
Karina Shah "Investigating the Relationship between Acute Mountain Sickness, Patent Foramen Ovale, and Systemic Inflammation"

Indigenous, Race and Ethnic Studies (IRES) Award *NEW for 2021

The Department of Indigenous, Race and Ethnic Studies will recognize outstanding research and creative work in projects focused on the study of ethnicity, race, and indigeneity, connected to issues of gender, class, sexuality, migration, indigeneity, and colonialism. Projects should highlight the perspectives and experiences of people of color related to social justice, identity and resistance. Two $200 awards and one $100 award for honorable mentions will be presented.

Award Amount: Two $200 awards and one $100 award will be given.

Sponsorship: IRES and Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success

Eligibility and Conditions:

  • Open to current UO undergraduate students from all academic disciplines and majors.
  • Must be accepted to present at the 2021 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Must be a project related to Indigenous, Race and Ethnic Studies.
  • Presentations may be delivered in any format – oral, poster, creative work, or data stories.
  • If submitting a digital poster, the submission deadline is May 18 to be eligible for judging (submission link will be provided to symposium registrants)

Institute of Neuroscience (ION) Poster Award *NEW for 2021

The Institute of Neuroscience (ION) will sponsor two $300 awards at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. 

One award will be given to an undergraduate student who is presenting a poster, is a declared Neuroscience major or involved in research that involves observation or experimental manipulation of the nervous system of any organism.  ION is committed to broadening the participation of individuals in neuroscience research in traditionally underrepresented groups. A second ION diversity and equity award ($300) will be presented to a student who is part of an underrepresented group and is a declared Neuroscience major or involved in research that involves observation or experimental manipulation of the nervous system of any organism.

Award Amount: Two $300 awards, one in each of the following categories:

  1. One $300 "ION Poster Award"  to a declared Neuroscience major or other major and is involved in studying the nervous system
  2. One $300 "ION Diversity and Equity Award" to a student who is part of an underrepresented group, and is a declared Neuroscience major or other major and is involved in studying the nervous system

Sponsorship: Institute of Neuroscience

Eligibility & Conditions:

  • A current UO undergraduate, enrolled full-time, declared Neuroscience major or conducting research involving the nervous system.
    • Participants may self-select into one of the two categories above for award consideration
  • The award recipients must be accepted to and present at the 2021 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • The digital poster must be submitted no later than May 18 to be eligible for judging (submission link will be provided to symposium registrants)

Latinx Studies Award *NEW for 2021

The Latinx Studies Program will recognize outstanding research and creative work in projects related to Latinx Studies from all academic disciplines and majors.  Two $200 awards and one $100 award for honorable mentions will be presented.   

Award Amount: Two $200 awards, and one $100 award will be given.

Sponsorship: Latinx Studies Program and Division Undergraduate Education and Student Success

Eligibility & Conditions:

  • Open to current UO undergraduate students from all academic disciplines and majors.
  • Must be accepted to present at the 2021 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Must be a project related to Latinx Studies.
  • Presentations may be delivered in any format--oral, poster, creative work, or data stories.
  • If submitting a digital poster, the submission deadline is May 18 to be eligible for judging (submission link will be provided to symposium registrants)

2021 Award Recipients

$200 Award
Bianca Benitez "Incorporating Qualitative Data Into Parent Intervention Clinical Research"
Anika Graack "Comparison and Analysis of Spanish Translations of COVID-19 Public Health Resources"

$100 Award
Odalis Aguliar-Aguilar "The Forgotten Stories of Human Rights Violations within the US"

Museum of Natural and Cultural History Undergraduate Research Poster Award

The award recognizes a project involving museum collections and/or research projects.  The award has a value of $250, and may be taken in cash or used to cover fees and travel costs associated with the presentation of student work at disciplinary or national conferences or symposiums.  Judging will be performed by the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History staff.

Award Amount: One $250 award will be given.

Sponsorship: UO Museum of Natural & Cultural History

Eligibility & Conditions:

  • Open to current UO undergraduate students from all academic disciplines and majors.
  • Must be accepted to present at the 2021 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • The digital poster must be submitted no later than May 18 to be eligible for judging (submission link will be provided to symposium registrants)

2021 Award Recipient

Rachel Lisle "Identification and Morphology of Mountain Beaver Fossil from John Day Formation in Central Oregon"

2020 Award Recipient

Shelby Saper "Assessing Typology of Pre-Mazama Corner-notched Points in the Northern Great Basin"

Native American and Indigenous Studies Award *NEW for 2021

The Native American and Indigenous Studies Program (NAIS) will recognize outstanding research and creative work in projects focused on interdisciplinary projects within Native American and Indigenous studies. We encourage work from history, anthropology, law, literature, linguistics, education, ethnic studies, environmental studies, political science, philosophy, theater arts, journalism and communication, and other disciplines that seeks to understand Native American history, culture, politics, and contemporary lives. Two $200 awards and one $100 award for honorable mentions will be presented.  

Award Amount: Two $200 awards and one $100 award will be given.

Sponsorship: IRES, NAIS, and Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success

Eligibility and Conditions:

  • Open to current UO undergraduate students from all academic disciplines and majors.
  • Must be accepted to present at the 2021 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Must be a project related to Native American and Indigenous Studies.
  • Presentations may be delivered in any format – oral, poster, creative work, or data stories.
  • If submitting a digital poster, the submission deadline is May 18 to be eligible for judging (submission link will be provided to symposium registrants)

Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact Poster Award

The Knight Campus Poster Award recognizes undergraduate poster presentations characterized by excellence in research and in clarity of design and presentation. The award has a value of $500 and must be used to attend an academic conference within one year of receiving the award.

Award Amount: $500

Sponsorship: Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact

Eligibility & Conditions:

  • Open to current UO undergraduate students conducting research in a Knight Campus Faculty Lab or Knight Campus Associate Faculty Lab.
  • Must be accepted to present at the 2021 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium, and must be returning to the UO the following academic year.
  • The award may only be used to assist with attendance to present research at a local, regional, or national conference within one year of award announcement.
  • The award may be used to pay for travel, conference registration and/or accommodations.
  • The digital poster must be submitted no later than May 18 to be eligible for judging (submission link will be provided to symposium registrants)

2020 Award Recipient

Jacob Evarts "Propogating Putative Prion States in RNA Modifying Proteins in Budding Yeast"

Psychology Poster Awards

The Department of Psychology will offer one $300 Grand Prize Award for the best psychology poster. In addition, two $100 specialty awards will be offered: The Innovation Award will be given to a poster demonstrating a particularly novel research question, methodology, and/or application; and the Methodological Excellence Award will recognize exemplary practices in replicability, transparency, and/or open science. Judging will be performed by psychology researchers (i.e., Psychology faculty, post docs, graduate students, and research associates affiliated with the UO).

Award Amount: One $300 award, and two $100 awards will be given.

Sponsorship: Department of Psychology

Eligibility & Conditions:

  • Open to current UO undergraduate students who are conducting research in a lab run by a psychology department faculty member.
  • The award recipients must be accepted to and present at the UO 2021 Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • The digital poster must be submitted no later than May 18 to be eligible for judging (submission link will be provided to symposium registrants).

2020 Award Recipients

$300 Award (shared)
Alex Boxberger "The effect of maternal borderline personality disorder symptoms on child externalizing problems, as mediated by parenting stress and maternal warmth"
and
Amy Chen "Individual differences in memory self-efficacy and learning ability"

$100 Award
Clare Brinkman "Naturalistic Perspective Taking: Themes Found in People's Naturalistic Accounts "
Joshua Pearman "What Parts of Status Matter? Comparing Respect and Admiration to Social Influence"

Residence Hall Association (RHA) First-Year Student Presenter Award

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) award recognizes presentations of any format, and in all academic disciplines.  The award is open to any student living within University of Oregon Housing residence halls, and includes first-year, as well as upper division undergraduate residents. This award is sponsored by the University of Oregon Residence Hall Association.

  • A single $500 award will be given to the best individual presentation, and may be used to attend an academic conference or visit a graduate school prior to the recipient’s graduation. 

  • One $500 award will be given to the best group presentation (e.g. ARC or FIG) and may be used for a group-related professional development or academic activity (e.g. travel to Pine Mountain Observatory).

Award Amount: one $500 award for best individual presentation, and one $500 award for best group presentation will be given.

Sponsorship:  Residence Hall Association

Eligibility & Conditions:    

  • Open to current first-year (first-time, full-time), as well as upper division UO undergraduate students from all academic disciplines and majors, who lived in a University Housing residence hall at any time during the current academic year (Fall 2020 through Spring 2021).
  • Must be accepted to present at the 2021 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • The digital poster must be submitted no later than May 18 to be eligible for judging (submission link will be provided to symposium registrants)

Theater Arts Award *NEW for 2021

The Theater Arts Award recognizes oral, poster, and creative work presentations focused on a topic in the broad, interdisciplinary field of Theater Arts and characterized by excellence in research and/or creativity and clarity of delivery.  Two $200 awards (for Stage Design/Craft and Costume Design/Craft) and one $100 honorable mention award will be given. These awards are co-sponsored by the Department of Theater Arts and the Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success.

Award Amount: Two $200 awards (for Stage Design/Craft and Costume Design/Craft), and one $100 honorable mention award will be given.

Sponsorship: Department of Theater Arts and Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success

Eligibility & Conditions:

  • Open to current UO undergraduate students from all academic disciplines and majors
  • Award criteria includes:
    • Transparency of process - from goal/intent to creative realization
    • Use of research for design
    • Creative depth
    • Presentation style
  • Must be accepted to present at the 2021 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • If delivering a poster presentation, the digital poster must be submitted no later than May 18 to be eligible for judging (submission link will be provided to symposium registrants)

UO Common Reading Award

UO Common Reading is a campus-wide conversation that begins between you and the book. But it doesn’t end there: the Undergraduate Research Symposium Committee wants to support students in continuing this conversation with the whole campus community. The Undergraduate Research Symposium Committee and UO Common Reading are offering awards for students who focus on the Listen. Learn. Act. framework in their research, creative work, etc. presented at the 2021 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium. Projects must relate to either or both of this year’s Common Reading selections: Kim Johnson's This is My America or The 1619 Project Podcast.

Award Amount: Four total awards will be given - two for oral presentations and performance, and two for creative work.

  1. Oral Presentation and Performance Awards
    • 1 - $125 award, oral presentation
    • 1 - $125 award, performance
  2. Creative Work Awards
    • 1 - $125 award, artforms
    • 1 - $125 award, creative writing

Sponsorship: UO Common Reading Program and Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success

Eligibility & Conditions:

  • Any current UO undergraduate from any academic discipline and major
    • Participants may self-select into one of the categories above for award consideration
  • Presentation and/or Performance Awards
    • Must present work live, orally or via performance, during the virtual symposium.
      • Note: All oral/performance sessions will be recorded for review and to be shared on the symposium website
    • Performance pieces and presentations (oral discussion of project or poster, dance, music, theatre, poetry, storytelling, data story, etc.) should respond directly to either/both Kim Johnson's This is My America or The 1619 Project Podcast
  • Creative Work Awards
    • Creative works include 2D or 3D objects, audio or digital recordings and short form creative writing (poems, short stories, personal essays, letters, vignettes, lyrics, scripts, etc.) should respond directly to either/both Kim Johnson's This is My America or The 1619 Project Podcast
    • Must submit files, images, links, other materials no later than May 18 to be eligible for award review (submission link will be provided to symposium registrants)
      • Note: Images and creative works submitted may be shared on the symposium website.
  • Award recipients must be accepted to the 2021 Undergraduate Research Symposium.  The Symposium will host a special “Common Reading Experience” session on Thursday, May 27.

2020 Award Recipient

Kat Sincuir Alvarez "Estrella's Portrait"

UROP Poster Award

The award recognizes undergraduate poster presentations characterized by excellence in research and in clarity of design and presentation. The award has a value of $500 and must be used to attend an academic conference within one year of receiving the award.

Award Amount: One $500 award will be given.

Sponsorship: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, Office for Research and Innovation

Eligibility & Conditions:

  • Open to current UO undergraduate students from all academic disciplines and majors.
  • Must be accepted to present at the 2021 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Must be returning to the UO the following academic year (seniors graduating in 2021 are not eligible for this award)
  • The award may only be used to assist with attendance to present research at a local, regional, or national conference within one year of award announcement.
  • The award may be used to pay for travel, conference registration and/or accommodations.
  • The digital poster must be submitted no later than May 18 to be eligible for judging (submission link will be provided to symposium registrants)

2020 Award Recipient

Theemeshni Govender "Interactive Effects of Social Support and Self-Complexity on Depressive Symptoms in Adolescent Girls"