Undergraduate Symposium

The Simmons Undergraduate Symposium is a day-long event that recognizes exemplary undergraduate student research and creativity across disciplines. Students may present their work in a variety of formats, including panel sessions, poster and artistic exhibits, digital media, and performance art. The 2020 Undergraduate Symposium will take place all day on Thursday, April 23.


Applications to participate in the 2020 Undergraduate Symposium will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on February 21, 2020. For more information about eligibility, presentation formats, abstract guidelines, and application guidelines, visit Information for Students and Frequently Asked Questions.

For the full list of presenters and abstracts, view the 2019 Undergraduate Symposium Program Brochure.

Keynote Speakers

The keynote session includes presentations by up to four undergraduate students with outstanding projects in their discipline. Keynote speakers will receive a monetary award of $250. A student must receive a nomination from a faculty member to be considered for the keynote session. Keynote speakers meet the following criteria:

  • Senior class standing
  • Project must include a compelling thesis, hypothesis, or idea/message
  • Demonstrates scholarly or imaginative engagement in the subject
  • Topic is of interest to a wider audience
  • Particularly competitive abstracts will demonstrate a new contribution to the field (original work on the part of the student)

Keynote Speaker applications will be accepted from until 11:59 p.m. on December 8, 2019. Interested students will be asked to upload a letter of recommendation from a faculty member with their application. Letters of recommendation may also be emailed directly from the faculty member to ugprogram@simmons.edu.