Undergraduate Engineering Research and Design Symposium

Information for the Spring 2023 Undergraduate Research Symposium.


What is the Undergraduate Engineering Research and Design Symposium?

The Rodman Council hosts an Undergraduate Engineering Research and Design Symposium. 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, a form will be released later to apply. 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?

A form will be released later!

What if I have more questions?

Our research co-chairs are Joseph Attia (nvv7jq@virginia.edu) Lily Zhang (phz6pt@virginia.edu). Please feel free to contact Joseph, Lily, or anyone on Rodcouncil if you have any questions about the symposium.

Rodman Courses

  • Synthesis Design I: ENGR 1410


    Offered exclusively to first-year Rodman Scholars during their first semester, this class replaces the standard ENGR 1620 introduction to engineering class. Instead of focusing on a specific application or area of engineering, Synthesis Design I looks at the engineering design process more generally and applies it to a variety of projects throughout the semester which are designed to emulate real-world engineering. ENGR 1410 is required for Rodman Scholars, but not mid-year applicants.

  • Synthesis Design II: ENGR 1420


    Synthesis Design II is offered exclusively to first-year Rodman Scholars during their second semester and continues the concepts developed in Synthesis Design I. Unlike Synthesis Design I, this second course involves a single group project that lasts the entire semester. Synthesis Design II is required for all Rodman Scholars.

  • Rodman Seminars: ENGR 3580


    Rodman Seminars are 1-credit pass-fail courses that cover various topics chosen by the scholars. There are typically 4-5 seminars offered each semester and are a fun way for Rodmans to explore topics that interest them without a large commitment of time or credits. Please visit the Rodman Seminars page for more information about the classes offered now and in the past. 4 Rodman Seminars (3 for mid-year applicants) are required for graduation.