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Research Symposium

Presentation Criteria
All undergraduates currently or previously taking part in research projects in the AUM School of Sciences are eligible to present. Graduate students are kindly asked not to submit abstracts. Projects as well as the preparation of the talk or poster should be the primary responsibility of the student. The student is required to present the poster or talk, and research mentors are kindly asked to stand aside on the day of the presentation.

Students may present more than once, but are asked to choose one presentation to be considered for an award.

Oral Presentations
Students are asked to prepare a talk that is no more than 15 minutes long and then five minutes will be given for questions following the talk.  All talks should be PowerPoint presentations and will need to be loaded on the computer in 112 Goodwyn Hall before the Symposium begins at 8:30 a.m.

Oral Presentation Evaluation Form

All posters must be 4' x 4' or smaller. They will be presented on peg boards. Posters can be printed for free at the Auburn University Library.  Note that if you are printing on a University printer the maximum poster size is 4’ x 3’.  Please convert your poster to a PDF prior to printing.  All posters can be e-mailed or hand carried on a USB drive along with the request to print form to the Office of Sponsored Programs ( or for printing.  Please give them at least 3 days lead in order to print.  They will let you know when your poster is ready.  

If you are unsure about formatting and printing your poster please contact your research mentor or your departmental representative. Inexpensive poster printing is also available at SignWorld and Optaprint.  Posters must be hung 30 minutes prior to your presentation time on the day of the symposium. Please note the number accompanying your name in the schedule. You will be asked to hang your poster by your number on the provided peg boards.

Poster Presentation Evaluation Form  

Symposium Awards
There will be a $100 cash prize for the best presentation, $75 for second prize, and $50 for third prize. Winning papers will be asked to compete for the Undergraduate Research Award (see below).  We will also recognize 2 Honorable Mention papers that will additionally be asked to submit a paper for the Undergraduate Research Award.

Undergraduate Research Award
The Undergraduate Research Award is presented to the best research paper of the year.  The award comes with an additional cash prize ($100) and the honor of having your name added to the plaque that hangs in the Dean's office.  To be eligible for the award the winning groups from the symposium will be asked to submit a paper to the Undergraduate Research Committee for review.  There is no format or length requirement on the paper.  We ask that the paper be written in a style appropriate for the field. Check out the UGR Symposium Archives for a list of past winners and the abstract books.

Congratulations to the 2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium award winners and all the participating students and mentors!

Top Paper Award Winner:

Title: Selection and Molecular Characterization of Antibiotic Producing Microbial Isolates from Soil
Student Authors: Hakan Sahinoglu & Patrick Thomase
Mentor: Dr. Ben Okeke

Symposium Award Winners:

First Place – Sanmeet Suchdeva and Jake Sustarich
Mentor: Dr. Geetha Thangiah
Department: Chemistry

Second Place – Shani Brasher and Hakan Sahinolu
Mentor: Dr. Ben Okeke
Department: Biology

Third Place – Hakan Sahinoglu and Pattrick Thomase
Mentor: Dr. Ben Okeke
Department: Biology

Honorable Mention – Jacob Hyder
Mentor: Dr. Luis Cueva-Parra
Department: Mathematics and Computer Science

Honorable Mention – Gayle Smith
Mentor: Dr. Tim Kroft
Department: Biology