Continuing Education
Undergraduate Research

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Pre-Event: Thursday, April 23, 2020  |  Symposium: Friday, April 24, 2020

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is excited to host the 19th annual UW System Symposium for undergraduate research, scholarly and creative activity. This event showcases undergraduate creativity, achievement, research, service-learning and community-based research from all over the state of Wisconsin in all areas of study, including the humanities, fine arts, biological sciences, physical sciences, and social sciences.

This event is open to all undergraduates and encourages guests and mentors to attend. The Symposium provides an opportunity for students to present their work in a professional setting while gaining public speaking and presentation skills. Additionally, it serves as a forum for other members of the campus and our community to engage in student research.

Registration opens February 1st, 2020 and registration closes March 16th, 2020.

Presenter (includes admission to UW System Symposium, presentation during event, meals, parking):

UW System student/mentor - $90*

*This fee is usually paid by your campus.  Contact your Undergraduate Research department with any questions about payment.

Non - UW System student/mentor - $100

Presenter registration is for any person listed on a project as an author or a mentor of a presented project who will be in attendance.

Guest (includes admission to UW-System Symposium, meals, parking):

All Guests - $50

Guest registration is for attendees who are not listed as an author or mentor on a project, but will attend the event.


No refunds will be given once registration has been paid. For universities receiving an invoice, changes to attendees will be possible until Friday, April 3.  After that date, we will not be able to make changes to your invoice or attendees list.

For questions, please email or call (262) 472-1296.

Check In

Check in will take place at the Williams Center.    

Driving Directions

Directions to the campus can be found online by clicking here.   A campus map can be found here.   Campus building addresses can be found here.


Parking permits are required to park a vehicle on campus lots.   More information on parking can be found on the Visitor Center website.  


Hamilton House
328 W. Main Street, Whitewater WI 53190

Baymont Inn & Suites
1355 W. Main Street, Whitewater WI 53190

Super 8 Whitewater
917 E. Milwaukee St.
Whitewater, WI 
(262) 472-0400

University Guest Housing - Goodhue Hall
(262) 472-4200
Rates available online.

More information to come!

UW Symposium Schedule

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

Entertainment options will be provided by UW-Whitewater. Your app will have more information about events happening locally and on our campus.

Friday, April 24th, 2020

Time Event Location
7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Registration/ Breakfast Williams Center - Volleyball Gym/Hallways
8:00 - 8:20 a.m. Opening/Breakfast Williams Center - Volleyball Gym
8:20 - 9:00 a.m. Poster Set-Up Time Williams Center Fieldhouse
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Poster Session Williams Center Fieldhouse
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Light Lunch Hyland Hall Atrium
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Oral Presentations Classrooms in Hyland Hall
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Arts Sessions Hyland Hall Atrium

  • A presenter may submit an abstract in only one category. 

  • All abstracts have a 250 word limit.
  • Your submission must be saved as a .pdf with category code, last name, first name and school as the file name. Codes are found next to categories below.  Example:  P.Doe.Jane.Whitewater would be the file name for UW-Whitewater's Jane Doe's individual or group poster abstract submission.  Contact if you have any questions saving or submitting your abstract.

  • Submissions must be received by 3/16/2020. Entries submitted after this deadline will be considered if space is available.  No entries will be allowed after April 3, 2020.

  • Presenters must attend the session they have been assigned; requests for changes will be considered if requested by the administrator in charge of your university’s undergraduate research program no later than April 3, 2020.

  • By submitting your abstract, you agree that we may contact your university to arrange for payment (if necessary) or may provide information about your presentation to your home university officials, upon request.

Presentation Type

  • Poster (P): Maximum poster size is 48" wide by 66" tall. Presenters must be available to discuss their posters at the assigned times. We will have a limited supply of Velcro and push pins on hand to help adhere posters to the display walls. We strongly encourage you to bring your own Velcro and/or push pins.

  • Oral Presentation (OP): Presentations are scheduled for a maximum of 20 minutes, including a 5-minute question-and-answer period. Sessions are moderated, and the time limit is enforced. Computers attached to digital projectors will have USB ports for flash drives (it is best to have multiple copies of your presentation saved in the cloud and on physical media). All rooms will have a computer, projector, remote for advancing slides (with laser pointer), and screen. If additional equipment, including audio, is needed, please indicate this when you submit your abstract. We do not guarantee all space requests can be honored, but we will do our best to find appropriate space for your needs.

  • Performing Art (PA): Original performances can include literary readings, theatre, music, or dance. Performances can also be a researched interpretation based on an existing work. Performances may be solo or ensemble. A maximum of 20 minutes are allotted for each performance, including a question-and-answer period. If additional equipment or space is needed, including specifications for a dance floor, please indicate this when you submit your abstract. We do not guarantee all space requests can be honored, but we will do our best to find appropriate space for your needs.

  • Visual Art (VA): All forms of visual art, including original painting, sculpture, photography, prints, textile arts, drawings, pottery, metal etc., are acceptable as gallery exhibits. When registering and submitting your abstract, please indicate special equipment and space needs (e.g. required space in square feet; a need for a table and/or wall space). Presenters should be available to discuss their exhibit at assigned times. We do not guarantee all space requests can be honored, but we will do our best to find appropriate space for your needs.

For additional space, technology, or accessibility needs please contact the UW System Symposium Planning Committee at or (262) 472-1296.

Every year since 2001, the UW System Symposium is held at a UW System campus.  The Symposium gives undergraduate students in all disciplines an opportunity to present their scholarly work.  Students participate through oral presentations, poster displays, gallery exhibits and artistic performances.


How do I know when I am presenting?
The detailed Symposium schedule will be available after March 13, 2020. Please see the Schedule page for more information on how to view the schedule. You'll want to search for your name, and your presenter profile will have your presentation(s) on it.

Are the hotels reserved for the Symposium?
Yes. Please visit the Before You Arrive tab for more information on hotel reservations.

Where will the Symposium be held?
The Pre-Event will take place Thursday, April 23, 2020 and the Symposium will take place Friday, April 24, 2020. The Symposium will take place in the UW-Whitewater at the Williams Center and Hyland Hall.

Is there parking available?
Parking is included with your registration. Additional information will be available once registration opens.

How can I find my way through campus?
The campus map is available here  

How can I connect to UW-Whitewater's wireless network?
Information on how to connect to Whitewater's Guest Wifi can be found here

Who should I contact if my question wasn't answered on this page?

Phone: (262) 472-1296.