Undergraduate Symposium

Undergraduate Symposium

From Poetry to Pipettes: The Simmons Undergraduate Symposium will be held on April 24, 2018. 

The Simmons Undergraduate Symposium (formerly known as the Undergraduate Conference) is a day of intellectual inquiry and exchange. Participation is selective, and we welcome submissions in the sciences, visual and performance arts and the humanities. The Symposium seeks submissions from all undergraduates, regardless of major. More information can be found in the Simmons Undergraduate Symposium Student Presenter Guide.

Please view our program guide for the schedule of the day's events!

The Simmons Undergraduate Symposium is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Submit Your Project Proposal

Please note: Project proposals must be submitted using the form below. They will not be accepted over email. (You must be signed in to your Simmons Google account to view the submission form)

After your submission, you will be contacted to confirm your participation and to tell you what you need to know for the conference day. Continue to work with your faculty mentor to get your project ready for the big day!

Information for Simmons College Students

Important things to know:

You may participate individually or as a group.

You may participate in a panel session or the poster session:

As part of a panel session, individuals make presentations in a classroom. PowerPoint slides may be used but are not mandatory. A group of students may also present their work this way. Most talks run about 15 minutes, and students then answer questions from the audience. Panel sessions allow for an in-depth look at students' scholarship.

poster session is an opportunity for students to present their work visually and engage in conversations with conference attendees. Posters may be presented by individuals or groups. Poster sessions provide an informal but scholarly environment for browsing and discussion.

Ready to participate? Here's what you need to do:

  1. Choose a project or paper you've done or are currently working on for a class.
  2. Discuss your intention to submit with the professor of the course for which you did the work. The professor will need to recommend your project and approve your abstract.
  3. Write an abstract that summarizes your work (300 words max.)
  4. Submit your project proposal and abstract by March 30, 2016.

*If you are a member of a group that would like to participate:

  • Choose one member of the group to be the spokesperson.
  • Submit only ONE project proposal per group.

Not sure what an abstract is? Check out this handout
View more sample abstracts.

Here's how to prepare for conference day:

  1. Test your media (if any) prior to your presentation.
  2. Dress professionally.
  3. Encourage your friends and family to come!
Information for Faculty Mentors

Your role as faculty mentor is critical to your students' successful participation. We ask that you...

  • Encourage your students to participate in the conference.
  • Work with interested students on identifying an appropriate project/paper to submit.
  • Mentor students through the process of writing an abstract and submitting a proposal. (See directions for students above.)
  • Coach students as they prepare for conference day.

More details and guidelines for participating students will follow.

Simmons Faculty: Mentors Leading by Example

Students participating in the Undergraduate Symposium all benefit from being mentored by members of the Simmons faculty — distinguished scholars and  practitioners who are actively engaged in research, scholarship, and creative work. 

They share a dedication to inspiring and empowering our students to become leaders in their chosen fields. Two faculty members who exemplify that dedication are Professor Rich Gurney and Associate Professor Judith Aronson.