Research on Capitol Hill

Where: Virtual (possible live portion TBD)
Abstract submissions open: December 14, 2020
Abstracts due: January 11, 2021
Event Date: February 2, 2021

Utah’s Research on Capitol Hill (ROCH) is an annual celebration of undergraduate research. This event demonstrates and celebrates undergraduate research and creative work from the top two research universities in Utah: Utah State University and the University of Utah. Students of all disciplines from around the state share the results of their investigations with legislators and the public.

For the 2021 event, due to changes to the legislative event protocol, we hosted ROCH on Zoom (though one administrator and one student had a short meet-and-greet with social distancing and masks in the state capitol building the morning of the event). ROCH. 2021 included fewer students than our usual live poster session, and took place via several group video conference sessions where two students talked to one legislators more in-depth about their work.

To be eligible for ROCH 2022, you must be enrolled at USU for the Spring 2022 semester, be working with a faculty mentor on research or creative work, and be able and willing to attend the event and complete any required trainings beforehand.

This event is unique compared with academic presentation events. ROCH is as much about the individual students and their higher education experience as about their research subjects; our decision process takes into account numerous factors that other symposia may not. Students that (1) focus their projects on issues impacting Utah, (2) are clearly and concisely able to talk about their research, and (3) have a compelling story are most competitive for this event. For those whose research has broader or more abstract impacts, your application materials should illustrate that you can articulate why your topic matters to Utah, even if indirectly!

See Current and Previous ROCH Presenters

The application will include the following elements:

  • For each presenter (groups of up to four allowed):
    • Contact information, a-number, department, and rank
    • Participation in other programs such as grants or presentation events
    • Student’s state legislative districts and any professional or family ties to Utah government
    • Any social media handles they wish to share
  • Mentor’s contact information
  • A three-minute video addressing the following questions:
    • What is your project about?
    • Why did you choose this project?
    • How does your project impact the state of Utah?
    • How has working on this project impacted you?
  • A draft of your presentation poster or slides
  • A photograph of presenter(s) or the project

Please email with any questions about the application or event.