Undergraduate Research Conference

Calling all students!

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.

Spring 2021 Conference

Thank you to everyone that attended the 2021 USF Undergraduate Research Conference! You can click here to download the official conference program and see the research being conducted by undergraduate students at USF.

To see the list of this year's conference award winners please visit our Undergraduate Research Conference Award Winners page, and watch the live recording of the Conference Award Ceremony.

Future Conferences

Contact your faculty mentor to discuss participating in this premier event. Note: faculty mentors must be employed by USF.

In order to have your research project considered for inclusion in this event please complete the application (note: group projects should only be submitted a single time).

*Please note that the conference is a publicly advertised event, if you have security concerns regarding your research please contact us at

Note: the application to present and the presentation submission have closed.

Conference Timelines:

  • Application to present
  • Presentation submission
  • RSVP to the conference

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 a movie file
  • Videos should be ideally be around 3 minutes long (and cannot exceed 10 minutes)
  • Students should submit a typed transcript of their narrated presentation so that our office can ensure the closed captioning feature can be enabled
  • Note: Posters do not need to be printed for this year's virtual conference.

Participation Guidelines:

  • Participants are expected to engage with at least three of your fellow presenters (by submitting comments and/or questions in Canvas)
  • Participants will be asked to answer/respond to comments in Canvas.

Presentation Guidelines:

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

A sample presentation meeting the requirements for the 2021 Undergraduate Research Conference can be found here:

Frequently Asked Questions:

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

All of the conference applicants who applied on time received communication from the Office of Undergraduate Research informing them of their application status (accepted with or without revisions). If you applied to the conference and have not received a communication from our office, please email for a status update.

When are the conference documents due?

Though students are welcome to turn their materials in now, all conference presentation materials are due on Friday March 19, 2021 (by 5:00pm). The form to submit your materials can be located here:

What do I need to submit for the conference?

By March 19, 2021 students must turn in: Their poster, their narrated presentation video file, headshots for all of the presenters (labeled by the name of each presenter) and a MS-Word document transcript of the narrated presentation (this will help us turn on closed captioning). Note: Please label all submitted files (outside of the headshots) by the last name of the first author.

The submission document says my materials are too large to upload; what should I do?

If your documents exceed the 100mb file size, or if you have more than 2 headshots to turn in for your research team, email them to UGS-OUR@USF.EDU

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

Yes! The Office of Undergraduate Research has invited applicants to the Awards ceremony, however if you are not the first author and/or we didn’t have your email address, you should RSVP to be safe. Note: You only need to RSVP once, even if you have submitted multiple presentations.

I don’t have a professional headshot. Can I submit a selfie?

We have asked students to submit headshots that can be used in the conference website. While we are asking for a professional-looking photo, we do not expect it to be professionally created. Here is a video that can assist you with creating a professional looking portrait with a cell phone. While a selfie could work, it would not be appropriate to have an arm visible in the photo.

If I have class on Tuesdays, should I miss them to attend the conference?

This year’s virtual conference is not a live event. Students do not need to miss class, as the research presentations are pre-recorded. We are asking students to check the canvas conference page throughout the day and engage with students who have commented/posted questions under your presentation. If you have the time and interest, we would love for you to attend the 1:00 pm live research awards ceremony on Teams, however this event will be recorded and posted for future viewing.

My professor said I can get extra credit for attending. How can I prove I was there?

Your instructor may provide specifics as to how they would like you to provide evidence of your attendance. Many of them will ask you to complete this survey: If they also want screenshots, you should email those separately to the instructor.

I am interested in a research week event. Where are the links for these workshops?

Each workshop has its own RSVP document. You are free to drop-in for all or part of these voluntary virtual workshops. You can find the event descriptions and links here:

Previous Conferences


In 2020, and despite the onset of Covid-19, 75 students adjusted and submitted video presentations for the undergraduate research conference. Video presentations represented a wide array of academic disciplines covering various topics. Some notable presentations included:

  • Religious Impact of Diet & Agriculture: How 11 Faith Traditions Consider Food
  • Making the Cut: Cloning and Characterization of Proteases from Staphylococcus aureus and their Role in Host-Pathogens Interactions
  • Impact of Male Infertility in India 



In 2019 over 300 students from disciplines ranging from molecular biology to speech language pathology participated in the undergraduate research conference. Some notable poster presentations included:

  • Assessing the Geographic and Environmental Impediments Affecting Physically Disabled Rohingya Refugees
  • Robotic Pancreaticoduodenectomy is the Future
  • Building a Classroom Community: A Teacher’s Exploration.