Undergraduate Research Program

Thank you to all of our students, staff, mentors, and speakers for making this such a successful event!

We had a total of 203 presenters, 128 presentations, close to 4,000 unique presentation views, and 580 visits to the event. With that, we could not be more proud of all the student researchers and honored to have them present, as well as such wonderful attendees. A huge thanks to everyone who participated and attended the event! The Nineteenth Annual UW System Symposium was a success.

If you were not able to attend, the event will continue to be up and running on the ForagerOne website until May 10th. Although the event will not be live, you can still view student's presentations as well as watch recordings of the keynote speaker and panels in the "Live Sessions" section of the page.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is excited to host the 19th annual UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity that will be held virtually on Wednesday April 28, 2021.

This event showcases undergraduate research, creativity, achievement, 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.

With the UW System Symposium being virtual this year, it will be powered by ForagerOne where their mission is to create networks and tools that promote and accelerate research globally, at all levels, in every field.

For questions or to request accommodations, please email us symposium@uww.edu.

To connect with other people who attended the event, check out our Symposium event page on Facebook!


Opens February 15, 2021

Closes March 20, 2021  Extended to April 12th *


No, we ask that only one student register per project. The student who registers the project will be asked to provide information for all students who contributed to the project. This information will include all students’ name, email address, level in school, major, hometown & home state, and current mailing address.

Students will be able to copy and paste their abstract into a text box and upload their presentation media files right onto the registration form. Please do not register until your poster and/or other media files are complete. 

Students will not have to pay when they register, our office will track registrants from each school and will charge schools directly for their participants.

Below are the presentation format options. You will be able to upload your presentation media files on the registration form.

  • - Upload your poster in .pdf format
  • - Create a separate 2 to 5 minute voiceover video highlighting your research
    • Note * instructions on how to upload your video can be found in the registration form (videos will be uploaded as “unlisted” on YouTube and will only be accessible through the UW System Symposium virtual event)

- Upload a video of your presentation highlighting your research including some type of visual presentation such as PowerPoint or any other similar presentation program

  • Note * instructions on how to upload your video can be found in the registration form (videos will be uploaded as “unlisted” on YouTube and will only be accessible through the UW System Symposium virtual event)

- Must submit two videos total

  • - One video that displays your exhibit, performance, or demonstration
  • - One video that includes a voiceover that describes your exhibit/performance
  • Note *  instructions on how to upload your video can be found in the registration form (videos will be uploaded as “unlisted” on YouTube and will only be accessible through the UW System Symposium virtual event)

You do not have to register if you are attending as a guest. Registration is required, however, if you would like to comment on any of the projects. In that case, you will be promted to register when you try to comment on a project.  

No, the event is free to attend as a guest! 

You can attend the event by clicking this link  on April 28!

Absolutely, please do! All of the sessions are open to everyone. We invited UW-Whitewater Alumnus and director of the Chandra Observatory at NASA, Pat Slane, to share about his journey from doing undergraduate research at UW-Whitewater to now doing amazing reseaerch at NASA. We also have three fantastic panel discussions relating to graduate school, professional school, and how to use the undergraduate research experience as a tool for career and personal development.

Registration fees will be billed directly to your university.

UW- System registration fee per presentation- $30

Non - UW System registration fee per presentation- $50

Attendance as guest- Free

11:00- Opening remarks from UW-Whitewater's Chancellor and introduction of keynote speaker

11:20- Keynote speaker Pat Slane- UW-Whitewater Alumnus and Director of Chandra Observatory at NASA

12:00- 1:30- Students available to answer questions about their research

 1:30-2:00- Panel about the graduate school application process

 2:00- 3:30- Students available to answer questions about their research

 3:30- 4:00- Panel about professional school application process 

 4:00- 5:30- Students available to answer questions about their research

 5:30- 6:00- Panel about how to market your undergraduate research experience for professional development

 1:00- 4:00- Virtual Coffee house hang out room- where students and faculty can network, exchange research stories, and connect


Pat Slane

We are excited to announce that UW System Symposium in collaboration with the UW-Whitewater Physics Department will be having a keynote speaker!
Join UW-Whitewater Alumnus, Dr. Pat Slane, as he discusses how his journey from UWW as a physics undergraduate led to his career as the Director of NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory.

The Chandra X-Ray Observatory is part of NASA's fleet of "Great Observatories" and allows scientists from around the world to obtain X-ray images of exotic environments to help understand the structure and evolution of the universe.

This is an amazing opportunity to have Dr. Pat Slane speaking at this event and we know you are just as excited as we are!

No, all guests are welcome to attend with no registration or fees. However,  you must register if you would like to comment on any of the presentations. In that case, registration is still free, you will just have to provide some contact information. If you attempt to comment without registering, you will be redirected to a simple registration page where will just need to verify your email address. 

You can click on the registration tab to the left where you find a link and more information about registration or click here to register.

Absolutely! A PowerPoint or other methods are fine as long as you send them in the proper .PDF format.

We will charge your institution directilly the registration fees for your presentation. You as a student, do not have to worry about the cost for registration. 

It is free to attend for guests. Everyone is welcome!

Unfortunately, because of COVID, the whole conference will be virtual this year.

Contact URP
  • McCutchan Hall, Lower Level
  • Email: urp@uww.edu
  • Phone: (262) 472-1296
  • Common Office Hours:
  • M-Th 9:30am-4:30pm
  • F 9:30am-1:30pm

Contact RAP
  • McCutchan Hall, Lower Level
  • Email: rap@uww.edu
  • Phone: (262) 472-1484
  • Common Office Hours:
  • M 9am-12pm
  • Tu 9:30am-11am, 4pm-5pm
  • Th 9am-12pm