An aerial view of one of the poster rooms during UURAF, held in the historic MSU Union.

What is UURAF?

The annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) provides Michigan State undergraduate students with an opportunity to showcase their scholarship and creative activity. Held each spring in the historic MSU Union, UURAF brings together an intellectual community of highly motivated students to share their work with faculty, peers, and external audiences. UURAF provides a unique educational opportunity for aspiring researchers. MSU undergraduates gain experience in presenting their research, answer questions about their work from audience members and guests, and receive constructive feedback from judges. 

UURAF 2015 will be held on Friday, April 10, in the MSU Union. Registration for UURAF 2015 will open on January 20, 2015 and will close on February 22, 2015.

Upcoming UURAF 2015

The 2015 University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum will be held on Friday, April 10 from 9am - 5pm at the Union

Day of Event

Below you will find the anticipated schedule of events. We will update this schedule after registration is closed and all presentations have been scheduled.

8:00-9:00 AM: Morning check-in
9:00-11:00 AM: Oral presentations, session 1
9:00-11:00 AM: Poster presentations, session 1
11:00 AM-1:00 PM: Oral presentations, session 2
12:00-1:00 PM: Afternoon check-in
1:00-3:00 PM: Oral presentations, session 3
1:00-3:00 PM: Poster presentations, session 2
4:00-5:00 PM: Awards ceremony, Union Room 50, Ground Level (Basement)

Oral presentations will take place in the following rooms: Lake Erie, Lake Michigan, Lake Ontario, Lake Superior, MSU Room, Tower Room.

Poster presentations will take place in the following rooms: Ballroom, Mosaic Multipurpose Room, Lake Huron Room, 2nd Floor Concourse, 3rd Floor Hallway.

Check-In and Instructions

Check-in for UURAF presenters will take place on the 2nd Floor Concourse in the MSU Union. You must check-in during your assigned time so we can confirm your intent to participate. If you are presenting as part of a group, each group member should check in individually.

POSTER PRESENTATIONS:

After checking-in, students giving poster presentations should proceed to their assigned room to set up their poster. Each poster room has a volunteer on hand to answer questions and assist you.

A 40”x32” foam-core board and binder clips will be provided for students to hang their posters. The posters can be positioned in any orientation (i.e., vertical or horizontal) but should not exceed 40”x32”. Poster presenters will be assigned to a two hour timeblock in the morning (9:00-11:00 AM) or afternoon (1:00-3:00 PM). Presenters should plan to remain by their posters to answer questions from the judge and visitors for this entire time. You can find more information about creating a poster here.

We will be holding a workshop about creating posters, called "Preparing Poster Presentations," on Wednesday, April 1, 5:00-6:00PM, in 106 Bessey Hall.

ORAL PRESENTATIONS:

After checking in, students giving oral presentations should proceed to their assigned room (once the previous session has ended) to download PowerPoint presentations onto the computer provided in the room. Each room has a volunteer moderator who will be on hand to answer questions and assist you. IMPORTANT: You must download your PowerPoint before the start of the first presentation in your session. For example, if you are scheduled to present at 2:30 pm during a session that begins at 1:00 pm, you must upload your PowerPoint to the computer in that room before 1:00 pm.

Presenters are not allowed to use their own computers. PC laptops will be provided in each room. The laptops will be equipped with Microsoft Office 2013 and will have at least one flash drive port and a CD/DVD drive. The laptops will be connected to wall-mounted TVs in each room. NOTE: the Digital Media presentation room will have technology provided by the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, including a MacBook Pro with standard MS Office applications, internet browsers, and QuickTime video player.

Presentations can be up to 10 minutes in length. There are 5 minutes after each presentation for questions from the audience. It is important that you practice your presentation in advance to ensure that your program falls within the time limits. A room moderator will keep time and will end programs that run beyond the time limit. You can find more information about creating an oral presentation here.

We will be holding a workshop about creating oral presentations, called "Preparing Oral Presentations," on Thursday, April 2, 5:00-6:00PM, in 105 Bessey Hall.

At the Forum

When not presenting, UURAF participants are encouraged to attend other oral and poster presentations offered at the Forum.

Dress for UURAF is business or business casual.

Light refreshments are provided during the Forum for participants and their guests.

Please encourage your faculty mentors, friends, and family to attend.

Awards Ceremony

The UURAF Awards ceremony (including the Faculty Mentor of the Year Award) begins promptly at 4:00 PM in Room 50 (Ground Level, MSU Union). At the Ceremony, one award is given for each program section offered at UURAF. Please encourage your faculty mentors, colleagues, friends, and family to attend.