Undergraduate Research Symposium 2020

The 12th annual College of Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held on Tuesday, April 28th, 2020 from 12pm to 4:15pm. 


Each spring, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences hosts an Undergraduate Research Symposium to showcase the scholarly work of our undergraduate students. Oral and poster presentations are reviewed by faculty judges, and outstanding presentations are selected for monetary awards in addition to formal recognition at an awards reception following the event.

All undergraduates with a major in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are eligible to participate, however students should be working on supervised projects (course research or independent research, during the Fall 2019 and/or Spring 2020 terms). Research projects should be supervised by a Mason faculty member. 

Students apply to present their work in the form of a poster or oral presentation. A limited number of oral presentations can be scheduled, and applicants not selected for an oral presentation will be automatically assigned a poster presentation slot. (Poster presentations are reviewed to verify faculty supervision, and most poster abstract are approved for presentation). 

Proposal submissions open – Monday, March 16th, 2020

Proposal submission deadline – Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Students will be notified of their acceptance for a poster or oral presentation by Monday, April 13th.

Accepted poster presenters must supply a digital copy of the poster they will be presenting for final record by April 27th, 2020.

Send pdf versions of your completed posters to chssdean@gmu.edu for review. 

Poster Workshop Information

Poster design workshops and free printing are available to all symposium participants.

We strongly recommend that first-time symposium presenters attend one or more Poster Presentation Workshops held on campus before creating or finalizing your poster.

We encourage signing up for a poster printing slot ASAP, as slots are limited. Details for these can be found below:

You can print your poster at no cost in the SP@RC lab, in Fenwick Library. Please sign up immediately for a printing slot, as there are limited times available, and all members of the University community are able to sign up for slots (https://library.gmu.edu/sparc). If you wait to sign up and there are no slots available for you, you will have to find an alternative way of printing your poster. Paid options include GMU’s print hub: (https://www.gmuprinthub.com/product/Poster-Product); the School of Art’s Print Studio (http://soaprint.gmu.edu); or a commercial vendor such as Kinkos or other vendor. These can be done through an online portal, but please bear in mind that online or commercial vendors may require additional delivery time for posters.

Creating your poster:

The SP@RK lab in the University Library Hosts Research Poster Design Workshops that will help you get started on turning your research into a poster presentation. Includes layout and design tips in PowerPoint. 

Registration is required (https://library.gmu.edu/sparc), and we recommend you register early to ensure a spot. The libraries request that you please cancel your registration if you find that you are unable to attend. 


Symposium schedule:

Poster Presentations (JC Dewberry Hall)

12:00 PM- 1:30 PM Poster Session A
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Poster Session B 

Oral Presentations (Gold Room)

12:30 PM- 3:30 PM

Reception and Awards Ceremony

Dewberry Hall, 3:30 PM- 4:15 PM



Questions about the symposium or application process can be directed to Dr. Vita Chalk, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs.