The URS provides a professional-style venue for undergraduates to present their original mentored investigations or creative inquiries to faculty, staff, administrators, students and visitors.

The URS is an UMSL-wide event occurring every spring on the last Friday in April, and is organized by the Undergraduate Research Coordinator and a team of coordinating students, faculty and staff members representing many academic units and disciplines.

The URS is an inclusive event for all UMSL undergraduates, regardless of discipline or project.

Presentations are typically in oral or poster format, and the most common disciplines represented are from the sciences, but students from ALL disciplines are both welcome and encouraged to present in a format that is appropriate for their field. There is no cost to students who follow application guidelines. Resources to prepare for the event and feedback following student presentations are both provided. We strive to provide undergraduates the support they need to have a successful academic conference experience.

 URS 2024

April 26
Millennium Student Center 

Student Lunch
Century Room A/B
Oral Presentations
MSC Rooms 314, 315, 316, 317
Visual Presentations
3rd Floor Rotunda & Century Room A/B
Social Hour & Recognition Reception
MSC Century Rooms A/B


To participate in the URS, students must:

  • have worked on the project as an UMSL undergraduate student
  • currently be an UMSL undergraduate student (or have graduated in the previous semester)
  • have an UMSL faculty sponsor agree to oversee the project
  • submit an Intent to Participate form by March 15 (one per project, regardless of number of authors)
  • submit the final version of their project title, abstract, and team members to the UMSL IRL by April 7, 2023 (one per project, regardless of number of authors)
    • If students presenting posters include the final version of their poster (sized to print, in a PDF format) attached to the IRL submission by the April 7 deadline, they will have their poster printed and paid for by the URS (approx. $80)
    • If students presenting posters do not submit a final poster file (sized to print, in a PDF format) by the April 7 deadline, they may still participate, but will be responsible for printing and paying for their own large-format poster
    • Even if students are not including attached files to the IRL, they must still complete the form with the final information for their project (e.g., final abstract, author information) to signal to organizers their commitment to participate and for that information to be included in the printed program
  • be available to present, in-person, at the event on April 26, 2023 (Exceptions may be made for students currently studying abroad)


Deadline - March 15, 2023
Tentative information to signal to the organizers your plans to participate.
Information can be updated later.

Deadline - April 7, 2023
Finalized project information, including title, abstract, and authors.
Necessary to signal to the organizers your final commitment to present at the event.
Information provided will be used in the printed URS Program.
All projects will be publicly archived in the IRL at UMSL, in perpetuity.
For poster presentations only: The cost of printing ($80) will be waived if final poster file is attached in appropriate format.


Volunteers are needed!

Student volunteers are a necessary part of the URS and are needed to help with tasks such as set up/tear down of presentations, assisting guests, and moderating oral presentation panels. The time commitment can be as little as one hour, up to the entire day. 
To volunteer or for more information, please consult the Student Volunteer Form:
Deadline - April 17, 2023

Faculty, staff, and graduate students are an integral part of the URS, asked to review presentations and offer feedback to students on the day of the event. Many judges are needed to provide adequate feedback. The time commitment will be approximately 1.5 hours the afternoon of the URS.
To volunteer or for more information, please consult the Judge Volunteer Form:
Deadline - April 17, 2023


URS 2023 Digital Program of Presentations & Itinerary 

*All Times Tentative, until closer to the event

A distributed model of funding support is employed, such that departments, colleges, student organizations, outside donors and others may contribute towards event expenses including cost of the event and prizes.

 Contact Kate Votaw (Undergraduate Research Coordinator) at with any questions, concerns, or ideas for how you can present at the 2023 URS!