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Undergraduate Research Symposium

The 2023 College of Natural and Health Sciences (CNHS) Undergraduate Research Symposium provides an opportunity for students to present their research projects in a poster format. Research may have been performed as part of a course, an Honors Thesis, a project sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry or an independent project conducted under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Presentation of projects that are in progress or in the early stages of development is also encouraged.

The symposium provides participants with excellent preparation for future presentations in both educational and professional settings. Students who are not currently engaged in research projects are also encouraged to attend to learn more about student research within the College of Natural Health Sciences and the Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry.

CNHS Undergraduate Research Symposium 2023

When: Friday, April 28, 2023
Time: 2-5 p.m.
Where: Vaughn Center Crescent Club, 9th floor
Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, April 21, 2023


Bayleigh Benner

Keynote Speaker: Bayleigh Benner, Ph.D., National Science Foundation, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Alumna of the University of Tampa.
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Where: Trustee Boardroom, Vaughn Center, 9th floor
Title: Characterizing Earth's Virome: From Human Pathogens to the Deep Sea

Please direct questions to Eric Freundt, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry, at

View the 2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium program.

Poster Presentation

UT College of Natural and Health Sciences faculty members will serve as judges to evaluate the quality of the research presented by students. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the top presentations.

The posters will be judged by faculty based on the following criteria:

  1. Clear focus or central research question/problem statement
  2. Sound research methodology
  3. Clear presentation of results/product/performance or expected outcome and ability to answer questions
  4. Progress on the project to date
  5. Contribution to the field or discussion of the potential impact

Suggested Presentation Guidelines

The purpose of the poster should be to engage audience members in a discussion of the research. The poster should be no larger than 3 feet tall by 4 feet wide. Easels with boards will be provided to display the posters. Posters should have a title and list of authors and their affiliations at the top. The body of the poster should be self-explanatory and include an appropriate balance of text and graphics in describing the research project or activity. Graphic components may include data tables, graphs, photographs or diagrams and should be labeled to communicate their significance.