Undergraduate Engineering Research and Design Symposium
Information for the Spring 2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium.
What is the Undergraduate Engineering Research and Design Symposium?
This year, the Rodman Council is hosting the first ever Undergraduate Engineering Research and Design Symposium on Friday, April 1st, 12-4 pm, in the Rotunda Lower West Oval Room. This is an opportunity for undergraduate engineers to highlight their recent research, design projects, capstone projects or any other work that they wish to share. We will have a poster session and powerpoint talks, with monetary prizes for the winners in each category. All of our judges are UVA faculty members and there will be an option for each participant to receive written feedback from the judges, should they desire specific comments on their talk or poster.
Who can participate?
The research and design symposium is open to UVA undergraduate SEAS students. This is a low-stakes way to practice giving presentations in your career with optional comments from SEAS faculty for improvement in future presentations.
What can be presented?
We welcome any engineering research or design related talks or posters, from undergraduate SEAS students of any year. If you would like to present, please fill out this form to apply. You can edit this form up until the submission deadline (TBA), so even if your title and abstract are not ready, please submit now! This will give us a sense of numbers. If you are unsure whether your work qualifies to be presented at the symposium, the answer is probably “yes!” Even if you don’t have any research you would like to present, please mark your calendars so that you can support your peers as they present.
Will there be prizes?
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in both the talk and poster categories will be selected by faculty judges to receive $200, $100, and $50, respectively, amounting to a total of six prize-winners. Further, all participants will be eligible to receive written feedback from our faculty judges, should they wish.
When/How can I apply?
You can apply through this form! Unfortunately, given time constraints, we will have to set a cap on the number of talk and poster presentations. We will consider all applications received by the priority deadline of 11:59pm, Friday, March 4th. If the number of registrants exceeds our cap, participant decisions will be made with the educational focus of our symposium in mind. Thus, we ask that in their application, registrants answer the question: “Why do you want to participate in this symposium? What do you hope to get out of this experience? (this answer can be as long or as short as you would like, from a phrase to a paragraph),” to help us select participants if our cap is reached. (If you have already submitted your application, please edit your submission to include a brief response to this question.) If there is space still available, we will continue to accept submissions after March 4th on a first come, first serve basis.
Please do not let this cap be a deterrent to your application. If you are unsure whether or not you are qualified to present, you are. If you are unsure whether or not your project is qualified to be presented, it is.
What if I have more questions?
The coordinating team for the first iteration of the Engineering Research and Design Symposium consists of Emily Chang (1st-Year CS, email@example.com), Peneeta Wojcik (2nd-Year BMe, firstname.lastname@example.org), Shannon Hepp (4th Year Civil, email@example.com), and Research Co-Chair Emiko Gardiner (4th-Year ES/Physics, firstname.lastname@example.org). Please feel free to contact any of us if you have any questions about the symposium.