Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

Celebrating 30 Years: Tradition and Vision

May 16-19, 2023


The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) hosts the UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium, an annual event held in May that offers hundreds of undergraduates the opportunity to present the results of their research or creative activities in a professional setting. The 2023 Symposium will feature student oral and poster presentations from all majors and disciplines at UCI.  The day will also include student performances, corporate tabling, networking, faculty pieing, and an awards ceremony.

This free event draws hundreds of attendees, including undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, family, friends, and other members of the community. We hope you will join us in celebrating the great accomplishments of our talented student researchers!

The countdown is on!  Scroll down to see how you can participate.








Student Research

Presentations are grouped into topic clusters. Clusters may include students from different majors and disciplines. The 2023 topic list will be available in April 2023. To get an idea of breadth of topics presented you can view content from 2022 by visiting UROP’s Engagement Hub.  

Faculty Pi

Did you ever dream of pieing a faculty member?  We are making it happen.  Beginning on Pi Day, March 14, the campus community will be able to vote for which faculty member they would like to see Pi’ed at the Symposium.  See which faculty have volunteered and cast your vote today!

Student Performances

Students from Clair Trevor School of the Arts will be on hand to entertain the crowd at the mid-day break.  


The Symposium will include opportunities to connect.  Offereing structured and casual networking everyone will have the opportunity to create connections with other attendees.  

Join us as a presentation Judge

Undergraduate researchers are invited to submit a video for consideration to deliver an oral presentation.  Judges are needed to review and score videos to help us select the top 10 in three (3) categories, Insights, Innovations, and Inspirations.  The top ten projects from each category will present on the assigned night listed below.  All 30 in person presentations will also be recognized as a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research.  The top presenting team from each night, as decided by a team of judges, will also receive a monetary award.

Oral Presentation Sessions

All oral presentation sessions will be held in the Anteater Learning Pavilion.  Each night will include an interdisciplinary mix of presentations in the category indicated under each date below.

Tuesday, May 16, 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Top ten projects in the category Insights will present in person.  Insights represent a deep understanding or a new way to think about or interact with a person, place, or thing.

Wednesday, May 17, 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Top ten projects in the category Innovations will present in person.  Innovations represent a new idea, method, or products

Thursday, May 18, 5:30pm-7:00pm 

Top ten projects in the category Inspiration will present in person. Inspirations represent an idea that inspires people to want to take action

Friday, May 19, 11:00am – 5:00pm 

The main event will include two poster sessions, a resource fair, an awards ceremony, and fun events throughout the day.


Time Frame                                                       
Friday, May 19:  11am – 5pm, UCI Bren Events Center 
Registration/Check in  10:00am – 2pm
Poster Session #1
Claire Trevor School of the Arts Performance #1   
11:00 am – 12:30 pm 
Resource Fair 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Poster Session #2
Claire Trevor School of the Arts Performance #2
 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Pie-ing Professors   3:30 pm – 4:00 pm 
Break  4:00 pm – 4:15 pm 
Awards Ceremony and Opportunity Drawing
Must be present to win 
4:15 pm – 5:00 pm 

Attend, Table or Sponsorship

New this year, the Symposium invites our industry colleagues and supporters to attend the Symposium main event on May 19.  Come as a general attendee, prize donor, or Resource Fair participant.   The resource fair provides your company to share the internship, job,  or research opportunities you have available to UCI students or showcase the research your company is focused on. Sponsorship of this event supports undergraduate research grants ranging from $500 to $3000.  Your donation may be tax deductible.  Consult with your tax preparer for more information. 

Click the link below to register or contact Michelle Foley,, 949-824-9831.  A limited number of spots are available in each category.

 Thank you to our sponsors!  




In addition to the sponsors above, look for these participating companies at the Resource Fair



For more information and the full list of Resource Fair participants visit Engagement Hub.