Opportunities & Courses

Departmental and Course Symposia

A number of departments and individual courses host seminars and symposia that feature the research of undergraduates. See the list below for departmental events and ask your instructors about opportunities to present your research or to learn more about the research your peers are doing. We welcome listings of undergraduate research seminars, events or workshops related to student research from individual departments or campus organizations. Please contact us at our@unc.edu to link to or list your seminar or workshop information.

We are able to co-sponsor a limited number of multidisciplinary conference and symposia where UNC undergraduates will present their research, scholarship, and/or creative performance to an audience of at least 50 people, including UNC faculty, students, and staff and the general public.

Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
Undergraduate students have the opportunity to present their research at the annual McCain African and Diaspora Student Undergraduate Research Conference.

Department of Biology
Candidates for Honors present and defend their thesis research during the John K. Koeppe Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Department of Chemistry
The Department of Chemistry and Gamma Sigma Epsilon host an undergraduate research symposium. The afternoon-long symposium features the original research of UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduates in projects principally involving chemistry.

Department of Computer Science
The Computer Science Department has an in-house symposium every year, usually at the end of April. Students spend a half day presenting their research to the entire department.

Department of English
Each spring the People, Ideas and Things Journal, an undergraduate peer-reviewed journal, hosts a university-wide undergraduate research conference. Students from all majors are encouraged to submit their work, which may also be submitted for publication.

Gillings Global School of Public Health
Each spring, the School of Public Health hosts a Student Research Poster event.

Request Support for Symposia
We can co-sponsor a limited number of multidisciplinary conferences and symposia where UNC undergraduates present their research, scholarship, and/or creative performance to an audience of at least 50 people, including UNC faculty, students, and staff and the general public. The maximum amount we are able to contribute is $100. We will also help to advertise your event to makes students aware of the opportunity to listen to and discuss the research and scholarship of their peers.

If you are interested in applying for OUR co-sponsorship of your campus undergraduate research conference, please send an email to our@unc.edu with “UNC Conference Support Request” in the subject line and include the following:

  • Name of the conference/symposium
  • A brief description of the event, including date, time and location
  • Your name, email and phone number
  • The name, email and phone number of the faculty sponsor, if that is not you
  • Who is your anticipated audience?
    • Undergraduate students
    • Graduate students
    • Faculty
    • Staff
    • General Public
    • Other (please describe)
  • What is your strategy for engaging undergraduates from multiple disciplines in the event?
  • How many undergraduates do you expect to present at the event?
  • How many undergraduates do you expect to attend the event?
  • How many attendees do you expect overall?
  • What is your strategy for publicizing the event?
  • How will you use the requested funds?

Please allow two weeks for a response. If we are able to award a co-sponsorship, please plan to acknowledge OUR support in your conference materials and submit to our@unc.edu a blog post describing the conference for us to include on the OUR Blog. If you are able to share a few pictures of the event with us, we would greatly appreciate it. Transfer of any approved funding will happen through a reimbursement process. Should you have questions about the process, please contact our program administrator, Monica Richard, at mrichard@email.unc.edu.