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Undergraduate Research Symposium

The 2022 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 2022

When: Friday, April 29, 2022
Time: 2 to 5 p.m.
Where: Vaughn Center Crescent Club, 9th floor
Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, April 15, 2022

2022 CNHS Undergraduate Research Program

Keith HawkinsKeynote Speaker: Keith Hawkins, Assistant Professor of Astronomy at The University of Texas at Austin
Talk Title: Galactic Archaeology: Understanding the Story of our Galaxy through its Stars
Abstract: What are the processes that govern the formation evolution and assembly of galaxies, like the Milky Way, across cosmic time? This question is among the most fundamental in modern astronomy yet the answer still eludes us to this day. Our Galaxy, our home, the Milky Way, is an optimal laboratory for answering the questions of galaxy formation and assembly because it is one of the only systems to date where we can obtain detailed and precise data on the positions motions and chemical composition for billions of individual stars. In this talk, Keith Hawkins will focus on the research he does in galactic archaeology, which aims to use the chemical and dynamical information in a vast number of stars in the galaxy to understand its formation, assembly and evolution.
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Where: Trustee Boardroom, Vaughn Center, 9th floor

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

View the 2021 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.