Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium

Learn more about this year's Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium and register to be a presenter.

4th Annual Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium

  • Date: Friday, Nov. 17, 2023
  • Time: 2-5 p.m.
  • Location: Biosciences Building

The symposium is an annual celebration of all of the exciting research being done by undergraduates in the Biology Department. Learn how you can get involved in faculty-mentored research by talking with students and faculty at poster sessions.


  • 2:00 p.m. opening remarks in Biosciences 1010
  • 2:05 - 2:20 p.m. twelve minute research talk plus three minutes of questions
  • 2:20 - 2:35 p.m. two five minute lightning talks
  • Enjoy light refreshments during Posters in the Atrium
  • 2:45 - 3:30 p.m. Posters, odd numbered abstracts present
  • 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. Posters, even numbered abstracts present
  • 4:15 - 4:30 p.m. Social time, slideshow in Biosciences 1010
  • 4:30 a.m. Awards

Symposium program

Download the program for the 2023 Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium

Who should attend?

  • All students, faculty, and staff affiliated with CMU and interested in Biology.
  • Students and faculty mentors performing biology research at neighboring colleges and universities.
  • Undergraduate students and mentors interested in learning more about CMU’s graduate programs.
  • Local high school teachers who want to learn about current research are welcome to attend with or without high school students.

Am I eligible to present?

Undergraduates with mentor-supported, original research or instructor-supported, class-based research are welcome to submit an abstract and will be considered for posters and talks.

Make sure you communicate with your research mentor or class instructor before submitting an abstract.

How to register and submit an abstract

Register and submit an abstract by 5:00 p.m. Oct. 18th to be considered for a 5-minute lightning talk, 12-minute oral presentation, or poster.

Register Here

The maximum length of the abstract is 300 words. It should be reviewed by your mentor prior to submission. Typical format:

  • 1-2 introduction sentences that are accessible to a broad audience. Provide background and rationale for your project. Identify the research question.
  • 1-2 sentences describing the methods. What type of approach did you take?
  • 1-2 (0r more) sentences describing your results. Be specific and detailed.
  • 1-2 sentences describing conclusions and interpretations. End with the significance of findings, and sometimes with ongoing/future experiments.