Undergraduate Research

Spring 2023 Events

The Spring 2023 Undergraduate Research Conference application is now open!

Select the + symbol to learn more, apply to present, and/or RSVP.

2023 USF Undergraduate Research Conference

Participating in research is a valuable experience and beneficial for students interested in becoming more marketable for their graduate school, medical school, or career path journey. The USF Undergraduate Research Conference celebrates and showcases the contributions that undergraduates make to research in a wide range of disciplines. This spring event provides professional development and supports the dissemination of knowledge by providing a unique space for students to share ideas and discoveries. We hope you will join us!

Each campus (Sarasota-Manatee, St. Petersburg, and Tampa) hosts a face-to-face Research show case in addition to the OneUSF virtual undergraduate research. Students have the option of presenting at both the virtual conference and the research showcase of their choice!

Our Platinum Sponsors for this event are the Florida High Corridor and USF Research & Innovation.

Tampa Keynote Speaker - Dr. AnnMaria Rousey De Mars

Modalities, Dates, Locations, and Times

  • Sarasota-Manatee Campus Showcase:  Friday, March 31, Selby Auditorium 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • St. Petersburg Campus Showcase:  April 6, 2023, USC Ballroom 1
  • Tampa Campus Showcase: Friday, April 7, 2023 - MSC 2703, 2704, 2707, Ballroom, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • OneUSF Virtual Undergraduate Research Conference: Thursday, April 13, 2023 - USF library Digital Commons Platform.
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Conference Timelines for 2023

Sarasota - Manatee Student Research Showcase

Applications Open - January 9, 2023
Applications Closed Friday, February 17, 2023 
Approval Letters Sent - Monday, February 20, 2023 - Friday February 24, 2023
Poster and Oral Presentations - Friday, March 31, 2023 

St. Petersburg Undergraduate Research Conference Showcase

Applications Open - February 14, 2023
Applications Close - March 5, 2023, at 11:59 PM
Approval Letters Sent - March 10, 2023
Free Poster Printing Deadline: March 24
Undergraduate Research Conference Showcase - April 6, 2023

Tampa Undergraduate Research Conference Showcase 

Applications Open - February 14, 2023
Applications Close - March 5, 2023, 11:59 PM
Approval Letters Sent - March 10, 2023
Undergraduate Research Conference Showcase - April 7, 2023, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

 OneUSF Virtual Undergraduate Research Conference

Applications Open - February 14, 2023
Applications Close - March 5, 2023 at 11:59 PM
Approval Letters Sent - March 10, 2023
File Uploads Deadline - March 24, 2023
OneUSF Undergraduate Research Conference - April 13, 2023


Select the link below to RSVP to attend the the Tampa Undergraduate Research Conference Showcase. This link is for both presenters and guests, so we know the total number expected at the conference.

Conference RSVP

Presentation Format Options

Whether presenting at an in-person showcase or the virtual conference, students have the following presentation options:

  • Poster Presentation (3-minute max)
  • Oral Presentation (5-minute max)
  • Creative/Performative Presentation (10-minute max)

Students can present on academic projects!

We recognize the availability of faculty mentors may be limited, and the experience of disseminating research in a conference setting is very valuable. Because of this, students are permitted to present posters on academic projects that were completed in their USF courses. If you are interested in presenting an academic project individually or with a group, you should do the following:

  1. Identify an academic paper or project that you successfully completed (this is demonstrated by you receiving a grade B or better on the project) and want to present.
  2. Contact the instructor who assigned this paper or project and ask them to sponsor you (this means they will review your poster and presentation and give you feedback to ensure a stellar presentation)
  3. Complete the conference application and indicate you are presenting an academic project/have a faculty sponsor.
  4. Once your application is accepted, transfer pertinent information onto a poster template, and meet with your faculty sponsor for pointers on what to include (and where to include it).
  5. Work on developing a concise presentation that meets the time allowed for the type of presentation chosen, present to your sponsor, incorporate their suggested feedback, and then follow the instructions required for the conference modality you have selected (in-person showcase or virtual conference).

The conference is a publicly advertised event. If you have security concerns related to your research, please contact us at

Virtual Research Conference Guidelines 

  • Videos should not violate privacy, publicity, or intellectual property rights.
    All included music or audio must be used legally.
  • Videos should be submitted as an .mp4, .mov file. or 3gp file.
  • Videos should not exceed the maximum time allotment based on your presentation format (3-minutes for posters, 5-minutes for oral presentations, 10-minutes for performative presentations).
  • Students must submit a properly formatted .srt file for closed captioning of their video. Learn how to create one in under 3 minutes by watching our video tutorial.
  • Students must submit a .jpg or .png of their poster (or a title page image for oral & performative presentations)
  • Students will need to upload a signed waiver when submitting presentations for the virtual conference. (A link will be posted when submissions are being accepted.)
  • Students should watch/listen to their presentation before submitting, to ensure audio quality
  • (Note: Posters do not need to be printed for the virtual conference, however students are responsible for printing their posters if presenting at the in-person research showcase).

In-person Research Conference Guidelines

  • Students presenting at one of the in-person research showcases are responsible for their materials. Students must have their posters printed, and prepare their oral & performative presentations in advance.
  • Students should demonstrate professionalism during conference related events (business casual attire is encouraged).

Student Participation Guidelines

Participants are expected to engage with at least three fellow presenters by submitting comments and/or questions under virtual presentations, or visiting their posters, oral presentations, or creative/performative research at the in-person showcase.

Resources and Examples

For assistance in developing your research poster and presentation, and for poster templates, please view our Poster Creation page

The 2022 Virtual Undergraduate Research Conference presentations can be found on the USF library Digital Commons.

2023 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium

USF’s 2023 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium features research conducted by undergraduate scholars under the mentorship of a diverse group of dedicated USF faculty. All undergraduate researchers are invited to present and applications will open in May. There will be two spotlighted categories of student presenters:

  • Summer AIR grant recipients
  • REU participants

Date: July 28, 2023
Time: 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM with poster sessions from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: TBD

Our Platinum Sponsors for this event are the Florida High Corridor and USF Research & Innovation

Select the link below to RSVP to attend the the 2023 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium. This link is for both presenters and guests, so we know the total number expected at the symposium. Presenters MUST also complete the Presenter Registration, which will open in May.

Symposium RSVP

Spring Conference Frequently Asked Questions

What information do I need to have ready in order to apply to present?

When completing the application to present, the following will be required for each author:

  • Name
  • U number
  • Email
  • College
  • Major
  • Year in university
  • Transfer status
  • Honors college status
  • Home campus


  • Students can apply to present at both the virtual and an in-person conference.
  • Students may present more than one research project. Each presentation requires a separate application.
  • Only ONE person per project/group should apply (and the order of authorship should be determined before submitting).
  • Titles and abstracts need to be program ready, as updates will not be accepted after the submission date.
  • There is a USF libraries Consent to Publish form embedded within the application and it MUST be completed at the time of the application.

I applied to present; how will I know if I am approved?

Approval letters will be sent on March 17, 2023 from the Office of High Impact Practice & Undergraduate Research informing students of their application status. If you applied to the conference and do not receive a communication from our office on this date, please email

When are the conference documents due?

The last day to complete an application for the Tampa and St. Petersburg Showcases and the OneUSF Virtual conference is March 5, 2023.

The last day to submit files for the OneUSF Virtual conference is March 24, 2023. If your is accepted, the link for file uploads will be provided in the acceptance letter.

What do I need to submit for the virtual conference?

Students must turn in the following for the 2023 virtual conference:

  • Your narrated presentation (This should be an .mp4, .mov, or .3gp file)
  • Your transcript file (This should be an .srt file). This tutorial video will guide you, in under 3 minutes, how to make one.
  • Your completed poster (This should be a .pdf)

Note: All submission documents should be labeled with the submitters last name, first initial, and file type (example: Doe, J. Poster, Doe, J. presentation, Doe, J. captions, etc.).

My submission files are too large to upload; what should I do?

If your documents exceed the 100mb file size email

If I am an approved presenter, do I need to RSVP?

Yes! You and all of your collaborators should RSVP through BullsConnect to attend the conference.

What is an academic sponsor? How does it differ from a mentor?

Students may to turn academic projects that were completed in their courses into poster presentations, when their course instructors agree to sponsor them in doing so. A faculty sponsor (the student's current or previous instructor) has the content knowledge and expertise necessary to guide the student in organizing their poster with the most relevant information, and should assist the student in making their brief 3-minute presentation as succinct as possible. A faculty mentor is typically someone who invites a student to support them in a research project, or who is advising a student in a formalized thesis or research project.

If I have a class scheduled, should I miss it to attend the conference?

If you have been invited to present at one of the research showcases, you should inform your class instructor right away to see if they can support you in this opportunity. If you will be presenting at the virtual #OneUSF conference, it will be 100% virtual and pre-recorded, and missing class will not be necessary.

Where can I find poster templates?

We have four PowerPoint poster templates you can use. You also have the option to make your own; just be sure to follow USF branding guidelines for your colors and logos.

Template 1
Template 2
Template 3
Template 4

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