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 April 17 abstract submission deadline.

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 CAS Dean's Poster Awards in Social Sciences and Humanities, the Center for Environmental Futures Award, Food Studies Award, Deaprtment of Global Studies Award, Psychology Poster Award, UROP Poster Award, UO Common Reading Presentation Award, and RHA First-Year Student Presenter Awards by installing their posters in new permanent "Undergraduate Research and Creative Work" exhibit location in each of the Residence Halls. 

 

 


2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium Presentation Awards

 

Biology Poster Award

The Department of Biology will offer one $300 award, and two $100 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 two $100 awards will be given.

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 2020 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • The digital poster must be submitted no later than Wednesday, May 20 to be eligible for judging (submission link forthcoming).

 

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 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 2020 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • The digital poster must be submitted no later than Wednesday, May 20 to be eligible for judging (submission link forthcoming).

 

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 2020 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Oral presenters must submit a 2 to 3 minute "elevator pitch" (mini-TedTalk) video, summarizing the key points of their oral presentation no later than May 14.
    • The video can be recorded on a mobile device. No additional video recording equipment is required.  
  • The Center for Environmental Futures will review the videos and decide on the award recipient prior to the Symposium date.
  • Submitted posters will be evaluated by CEF judges on May 21, 2020.

Those students indicating interest for this award, will receive a follow-up email with detailed instructions and confirmation of submission information.

 

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 $300.00 and two (2) honorable mention recipients will each receive $100.00 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 2020 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 a cross-functional team comprised of members of the UO Libraries Data Services Department, and Graduate Students and Faculty from multiple disciplines across the university community.  

 

Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success – Oral Presentation Award

The award recognizes undergraduate students who are delivering an oral presentation at the symposium, and judging is based on the evaluation of a three-minute video "elevator pitch" that is submitted, for this award consideration, by the presenter. 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 2020 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • The oral presenter must submit a 2 to 3 minute "elevator pitch" (mini-TedTalk) video, summarizing the key points of their oral presentation.
    • The video can be recorded on a mobile device. No additional video recording equipment is required.
  • The Undergraduate Research Symposium committee will review the videos and decide on the award recipient, prior to the Symposium date.
  • The award will be provided in the form of a scholarship to the student's billing account.

Those students indicating interest for this award, will receive a follow-up email with detailed instructions and the deadline for submitting the video presentation.

 

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 2020 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • The digital poster must be submitted no later than Wednesday, May 20 to be eligible for judging (submission link forthcoming).

 

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 2020 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • The digital poster must be submitted no later than Wednesday, May 20 to be eligible for judging (submission link forthcoming).

 

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 an APS t-shirt, 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 2020 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • The digital poster must be submitted no later than Wednesday, May 20 to be eligible for judging (submission link forthcoming).

 

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 2020 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • The digital poster must be submitted no later than Wednesday, May 20 to be eligible for judging (submission link forthcoming).

 

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 2020 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 Wednesday, May 20 to be eligible for judging (submission link forthcoming).

 

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 and Independence Award will be given to a poster demonstrating a particularly novel research question, methodology, and/or application; and the Methodological Excellence Award will recognize best practices in replicability, transparency, and open science. Judging will be performed by psychology researchers (i.e., Psychology faculty, post docs, graduate students, and researcher 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 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • The digital poster must be submitted no later than Wednesday, May 20 to be eligible for judging (submission link forthcoming).

 

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 are presently living in a University Housing residence hall.
  • Must be accepted to present at the 2020 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • The digital poster must be submitted no later than Wednesday, May 20 to be eligible for judging (submission link forthcoming).

 

UO Common Reading Presentation 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. To that end, the Undergraduate Research Symposium Committee is offering one $100 award for the best presentation related to this year’s selection, Helena María Viramontes’s Under the Feet of Jesus. Judging will be performed by faculty and staff volunteers.

Award Amount: One $100 award will be given.

Sponsorship: Center for Undergraduate Research and Engagement

Eligibility & Conditions:

  • Any current UO undergraduate with a presentation (oral, poster, creative work, or data stories) responding to Under the Feet of Jesus
  • Award recipients must be accepted to and present at the 2020 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium.  The Symposium will host a special “Common Reading Experience” session on Thursday, May 21.

 

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 2020 UO Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • 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 Wednesday, May 20 to be eligible for judging (submission link forthcoming).

 

General Eligibility Criteria

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

  • 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
  • Fits the scope/purpose of the award