April 14-15, 2021

Virtual SRS is Open Now!

The Student Research Symposium is Utah State University’s largest showcase of student research. SRS both celebrates student research and improves each student’s ability to communicate their research.

Each April during Research Week, SRS provides space and resources for more than 300 graduate and undergraduate presenters to share their research with peers, faculty evaluators and the campus community through experience, evaluation and training. The symposium will be held this spring on Symposium, a virtual event platform.

Students present their work in short videos, posters, visual arts exhibitions, and performances and get feedback from evaluators on their work. The most highly rated presenters in each broad disciplinary category will be recognized in various digital formats after the symposium.

Session Schedule

The event will be hosted April 14-15 in one-hour sessions. Information on participating or attending presentation sessions is available on our virtual platform, Symposium.

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SRS Undergraduate Oral Awards

Ellie Willard — Arts and Humanities

Teren Teeples and Mikelle Kearnes — Engineering

Miles Robertson — Life Sciences

Trace Taylor — Physical Sciences

Chris Long and Samantha Corbridge — Social Sciences and Education


SRS Undergraduate Poster Awards

Shelbi Boehme — Arts and Humanities

Emilee Rickabaugh, Brandon Pace, and Trent Peterson — Engineering

Kip Dooley— Life Sciences

Calvin Luu — Physical Sciences

Claire Wever, Alyssa Cronin, and Heather Hopkins — Social Sciences and Education


SRS Graduate Oral Awards

Adrian Thomson — Arts and Humanities

Marium Rasheed — Engineering

Laura Adams — Life Sciences

Alexandra DiMonte — Physical Sciences

Liz Braithwaite — Social Sciences and Education


SRS Graduate Poster Awards

Andres Duque — Engineering

Shannon Rauter — Life Sciences

Achal Duhoon — Physical Sciences

Sarah Andersen — Social Sciences and Education

Information for Student Presenters

Student Research Symposium registration closed on February 22; all students must have registered before the deadline to participate in the symposium. To allow for a smooth virtual event, students must pre-submit their presentations, including the final poster or oral presentation video and all other materials, by April 12 at 8 a.m. MST. We will work with students, mentors, and the online platform organizers to ensure that all intellectual property and privacy concerns are addressed for your presentation materials.

Attending SRS

Administrators, faculty, staff and students are invited to participate by digitally attending the poster and oral presentation sessions. In addition to discovering the incredible work USU students engage in every day, audience members enrich the experience by interacting with the presenters, helping them further develop their ability to convey the importance of their work.

Attendee Information

The 2021 Student Research Symposium will be available in a view-only mode by the full public. To actively participate and interact with our presenters you’ll first need to create a Symposium account. Then, when the SRS page opens on the day of the event, you’ll be able to view and comment on all of the student presentations. All research projects will be viewable under the “Presentations” tab on the SRS site on Symposium, and poster presenters will be responding to questions through the comments feature on their respective presentations. Additionally, oral sessions can be joined via Zoom under the “Live Sessions” tab at their designated times.

The SRS page won’t be live until the event begins, but you can see an example of what the event will look like through the Symposium demo page.

Evaluating at the Student Research Symposium

Each year, doctoral students and faculty provide constructive evaluations of every project at SRS. Students can review the rubric in advance of the event and use it as a guide to structure a strong research or creative presentation. Evaluators will have the opportunity to chat with students through live Zoom sessions or via Symposium’s comment feature, and students are encouraged to check their presentations frequently to answer questions and illustrate mastery of their materials. Afterwards, students will receive an assessment of their presentation within each rubric category as well as written feedback on their work.

Any PhD student or faculty can volunteer to serve as an evaluator here by Wednesday, March 31. Volunteers can specify availability and capacity, and the entire process will take place online. Contact athena.dupont@usu.edu with any questions about evaluating at the Student Research Symposium!