How to Apply

The Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium provides an opportunity for Iowa State University to showcase and celebrate the research of our most highly motivated undergraduate students through oral presentations at faculty-moderated sessions. All undergraduate students are eligible and encouraged to participate in the Symposium.

Students make 15-minute oral presentations in sessions moderated by faculty members and built on discipline-related themes. The presentations must be supported by PowerPoint. Students interested in participating in the Symposium should complete and submit an electronic copy of the completed Abstract Submission Form and turn in a signed copy of the Mentor Acknowledgement Form to Dr. Zbarska at The submission deadline is 4:00 pm on Thursday, March 4, 2021. Students will be notified by e-mail whether their submissions have been accepted.

Undergraduates conducting research but not yet ready to present their work are encouraged to attend the Symposium to learn about the presentation process and students not currently involved in research are encouraged to attend the Symposium to learn about the broad range of undergraduate research activities that are taking place at ISU.

Three optional information sessions will be held for students interested in applying for the Symposium. Sessions will be run virtually via WebEx. Please visit this link at the time listed below.


Tuesday, February 16, 10:00 am-11:00 am 

Wednesday, February 17, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm 

Thursday, February 18, 11:00 am-noon