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 Friday, March 1, 2024. 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.


Symposium info sessions:

Tuesday, January 31st  4:00 pm-5:00 pm at 1151 Jischke Honors Building 

Thursday, February  2nd, 11:00 am-12:00 pm virtually via WebEx

Friday, February 3rd, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at 1151 Jischke Honors Building