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UW System Symposium

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Friday, April 22, 2022

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is excited to host the 20th 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.    

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.

This event is open for anyone to attend including all students, mentors, university staff, and the public. Presentation participation is limited to undergraduate students. Faculty and graduate level researchers can attend as guests. All UW-Whitewater students, faculty, and academic staff are encouraged to attend. Attendance is free for all UW Whitewater students, faculty and academic staff.

Faculty Mentors listed in a student’s registration form or a project, do not need to register. They are automatically registered. They will receive a confirmation email after students complete registration. Faculty Mentors, please check your email!

Registration opens January 21, 2022 and closes March 1, 2022 at 5:00pm.

UW-W Students participate for FREE: bill at the UW-W registration. And no printing costs either. We pay the bill!

Registration Is Now Closed!

An interactive digital full program has been posted. Please click under program to view.





Please read before completing registration


  • A presenter may submit only one abstract per research project under one presentation type (Poster, Oral Presentation, Performing Art or Visual Art)
    • *Please note: if you are an author in multiple research projects, submit separate abstracts and registrations under the appropriate presentation type. 
  • All abstracts have a 250 word limit.
  • Your submission must be proofread by your mentor before submission. 
  • Submissions must be received by March 1,2022. Entries submitted after this deadline will be considered if space is available.  No entries will be allowed after March 15, 2022.
  • 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 March 15, 2022.
  • 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): The standard poster size is 40” X 40” we can accommodate a maximum poster size of  48" wide by 66" tall. A sample poster template can be found here.  Please consult your Undergraduate Research Program for more resources if needed. 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.

UW-W Students participate for FREE: bill at the UW-W registration. And no printing costs either. We pay the bill!

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

Presenter Fee:

  • UW System student/mentor - $95.  This fee is usually paid by your campus.  Contact your Undergraduate Research department with any questions about payment.
  • Non - UW System student/mentor - $105

Fee includes: Admission to UW System Symposium, presentation during event, meals, parking

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

Guest Fee:  All Guests - $55

Fee includes: Admission to UW-System Symposium, meals, parking

No refunds will be given once registration has been paid. For universities receiving an invoice, changes to attendees will be possible until March 15, 2022.  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.


Digital Interactive Program


Full (PDF) Program

Click Here For Schedule of Presentations

Event Schedule

 Thursday Entertainment Schedule

7:45 - 8:45 am Registration Opens/Breakfast Hyland Hall Atrium
Visual Arts Set-Up Hyland Hall
Performing Arts Presentations Set-Up Dance Studio, Young Auditorium 114
Oral Presentations Set-up Hyland Hall
Poster Session 1 Set up University Center, Hamilton Room 164 and Old Main Ballroom 275
Breakfast Hyland Hall Atrium
8:45 - 9:00 am Opening Remarks, Ozalle Toms, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Diversity, Engagement & Success Hyland Timmerman Auditorium
9:00 - 9:30 am Keynote Speaker, Jo Ann Oravec Hyland Timmerman Auditorium
9:30 - 2:45 pm Graduate School & Employer Networking Fair University Center Room 259
9:30 - 10:30 am Oral Presentation Session #1*  Hyland Hall
Visual Arts Hyland Hall
Performing Arts Presentations Dance Studio, Young Auditorium 114
10:30 - 12:00 pm Poster Session #1*

University Center, Hamilton Room 164 & Old Main Ballroom 275
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch - Please check the back of your nametag to find your pre-assigned lunch location University Center, Outside of Hamilton Room 164 & Hyland Atrium
WisCUR meeting University Center Room 268
(UW-W) Students Undergraduate Research Organization (SURO) meeting Hyland Hall Room 2306
Poster Visual Arts Set-up Hyland Hall
Performing Arts Presentations Set-up Dance Studio, Young Auditorium 114
Oral Presentations Session 2 Set-up Hyland Hall
Poster Session 2 Set-up University Center, Hamilton Room 164 & Old Main Ballroom 275
1:15 - 2:45 pm Poster Session #2* University Center, Hamilton Room 164 & Old Main Ballroom 275
2:45 - 3:45 pm Oral Presentation Session #2* Hyland Hall
Performing Arts Presentations Dance Studio, Young Auditorium 114
Visual Arts Hyland Hall
Refreshments Hyland Hall Atrium
3:45 - 4:00 pm Closing Remarks, John Chenoweth, Interim Chancellor Hyland Timmerman Auditorium
Refreshments Hyland Hall Atrium

*Sessions open to the public

Hello UW System Symposium attendees, 

We are providing some entertainment and activities for those of you who are coming into town on Thursday April 21, 2022.

To enjoy the free entertainment in the University Center, please show your UW System Symposium name tag. Also, please print and display the Thursday night parking pass in your dash when you park on campus.

All of the Thursday entertainment events are optional but we do hope you take advantage of some of the activities on our campus. 

 Thursday Entertainment Schedule

 7:00 - Symposium Registration, Delivered to Directors upon arrival at hotels.

 Beat the crowds on Friday, and receive your registration materials the night before. Members of the URP will be at your hotel and hand them out to the Director of your institution. If you are driving on your own,  and your institution director or coordinator is not arriving April 21st with you. Please let us know as soon as possible via email, so we can drop off your registration packet to the front desk of the hotel for you to pick up at check in.

This will include your Symposium nametag, Certificate of Participation and Swag. You will need your symposium name tag to participate in Thursday’s entertainment.  

7:30- 9:30 - Bowling, Billiards, and other games, University Center Warhawk Alley  

Enjoy games of bowling, billiards, pingpong, videogames and lawn games. Just present your UW-Symposium name badge and you will have free access to enjoy these activities.

7:30 - Comedian Marc LaMotte, University Center Down Under

9:00 - Showing of the movie Encanto, University Center Summers Auditorium 

Check In 

Check in will take place at Hyland Hall Atrium.   

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.


  • Printable Parking permits have been mailed to all registered attendees. Please check your email.
  • Print out the appropriate parking permit for your arrival date (21st or 22nd) and display on your front dash. 
  • Parking permits are only valid for the date issued on them. 
  • Parking permits are not valid for overnight parking. 
  • Parking permits are only valid for Lot 7 or Lot 9 (behind the Visitor Center Building, across Starin Rd from Hyland Hall). 
  • See campus maps above for more detail. 
  • Buses do not need parking permits. 
  • Buses, please check appropriate map for parking and drop off.

To assure availability, please make reservations by 3/21/22.  A number of rooms have been blocked for your convenience. Please indicate that you are part of the UW- Symposium at Whitewater when making reservations.

1242 W. Main Street, Whitewater WI 53190
All double rooms have been booked. No more double rooms available!

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

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

Additional Accommodations 

Hamilton House 
328 W. Main Street, Whitewater WI 53190

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

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

By registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. You will be required to agree at the time of registration that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events.  You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.  Any media shared with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on social media or use of its hashtags grants the University use to media for any purpose.

The detailed Symposium schedule will be available after March 1, 2022. Please see the Program 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.

Hotels are only blocked but no reservations have been made.  The list of hotels can be found under the "Accommodations" drop down option, under the "Arrival Information" Tab.  For your convenience, rooms will be blocked until March 21, 2022.  Please remember to make a reservation prior to this date to assure availability.

We will kick off the Symposium with the Symposium Pre-Event on Thursday April 21, 2022. It will include night entertainment and activities held at UW-Whitewater (location TBD).

The Symposium will take place Friday, April 22, 2022 at UW-Whitewater in the University Center and Hyland Hall. A more detailed program including times and locations will be posted later under “program.”

Parking is included with your registration. Additional information will be available once registration opens.

Family and friends are welcome to attend. If they would like to participate in the lunch portion and receive swag, then they would have to register as guests. Please choose "I will be making the payment to attend" option. Otherwise attendance is free but they will have to pay for parking.

More information on parking can be found on the Visitor Center website.

Unfortunately, the UW System Symposium is reserved for undergraduate research students to present their work.  You can attend the event as a guest or mentor but presentations are strictly reserved for undergraduate students.

Please contact us immediately via email to We will try our best to accommodate your requests but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to.

We understand the importance of making sure the Symposium is a safe, socially distanced and responsible event.  We will be making sure that posters are no less than 6 feet apart.  We will provide personal masks and sanitizers to all registered attendees and guests.  We will also have sanitizer stations placed throughout the event.  We encourage those who are showing symptoms to please stay home and to contact us via phone (262) 472-1296 or email, as soon as possible.

Graduate School & Employer Networking Fair

The fair will take place from 9:30 am - 2:45 pm at UW-Whitewater in the University Center Room 259

During this fair, students from each institution will have the opportunity of networking with Graduate Schools and Employer Recruiters. Further information, including a list of attending Graduate Schools & Employers can be found through Handshake here. We look forward to helping students connect with Graduate Institutions and Employer Recruiters!

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