2023 University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF)

The 25th annual UURAF will be held Friday, April 14, 2023 at the Breslin Student Events Center and online at Symposium by ForagerOne. Student registration is due on February 9 at 11:59 PM. More details about the event and presentation requirements will be provided before January 2023.


UURAF (pronounced: you-raf) provides Michigan State undergraduate students with an opportunity to showcase their scholarship and creative activity. Held each spring, UURAF brings together an intellectual community of highly motivated students to share their work with faculty, staff, 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 2023 will be a hybrid event on April 14. In-person activities will be held at the Breslin Student Events Center. Virtual activities will be hosted on Symposium by ForagerOne. Poster, oral, performance, film, and exhibit presentations will all be on display. The event is free and open to the public. 

Students must register to present at UURAF by February 9 at 11:59 PM Eastern. Registration ensures a slot in the preferred category, presentation type, and location. Abstracts/proposals do not need to be complete at the time of registration. Final edits to your registration and abstract will be due by March 3. Late registrations will be placed in a virtual section unless openings are available elsewhere at the event.

Click on the links that follow for more details about poster, oral, performance, film/exhibit presentation requirements. 

Current MSU undergraduates and December 2022 graduates are eligible to present at UURAF 2023. This event provides an opportunity for students involved in research and creative activities at Michigan State to share their work with their peers, faculty, staff, and external audiences. Work presented at other venues (college/department forums, off-campus conferences, etc.) are also invited to present at UURAF.

All stages of research and creative scholarship are welcomed--from preliminary to capstone projects and everywhere in between! Research and creative activity conducted during courses, internship/REU, Education Abroad, or community-based participatory research are also accepted. Work conducted during any semester (fall, spring, and summer) may be submitted for presentation at UURAF.  Research is a process. Share with the university community where you are in that process when you present at UURAF.

Special Consideration for UURAF 2022

  • All presenters must complete Level 1 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training. Level 1 RCR training includes the following modules: Introduction, Authorship, Research Misconduct, and Plagiarism.
  • The forum is open to the public.  Do not share confidential or intellectual property information in your abstract or during your presentation.
  • Mentors:  View this step-by-step guide for reviewing student presentation information. 


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting Heather Dover, Coordinator for Undergraduate Research (doverhea@msu.edu, 517-884-1558) by April 5, 2023. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.