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Celebration of Undergraduate Research


The Celebration of Undergraduate Research is a research symposium held at UNC-Chapel Hill each spring. The goal of the Celebration is to showcase and encourage meaningful UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate research in all disciplines. Students can also use the Celebration as an opportunity to find out about research opportunities at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Spring 2021 Celebration Details

The 22nd Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research will be held on Monday, May 3rd, 2021 from 2-5pm, with posters and presentations also available online. The event will be virtual this year using Symposium, an online platform that facilitates synchronous and asynchronous interactions. Undergraduate participants can choose between two options for sharing their research: 1) Synchronous presenters must preregister by April 2nd and also submit final abstracts and slides (PDF) by April 30, 2021. 2) Asynchronous presenters do not need to preregister. They will submit abstracts and PDF posters and craft three-minute video narratives to present the highlights of their research, submitting both by April 30, 2021 (no pre-registration is required for asynchronous presenters). A good guide for how asynchronous presenters can make the best use of their three-minute video narrative can be found on this website.

Spring 2021 Deadlines

April 2, 2021:

Last day to register for synchronous presentations. To register for a 10-minute synchronous presentation, please submit your application here. Confirmation will be given to synchronous presenters by April 9, 2021.

April 30, 2021:

Last day for all presenters to submit abstracts and PDFs of posters or slides via Symposium. To submit presenter information, abstracts and posters/slides, please click here.


The 21st Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research was held as an online Virtual Celebration of Undergraduate Research in April 2020. The nearly 100 abstracts and posters that were shared can be found here.

Abstracts of previous years’ research can be searched in this database of more than 800 abstracts, along with information about faculty advisors and other mentors. See the 2019 program at this address.