2021 University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF)

The 23rd annual UURAF will be held Thursday, April 15 to Monday, April 19, 2021 as a virtual event. The virtual event will be hosted on Symposium by ForagerOne. Abstract submissions will be accepted from January 14 to February 14, 2021. Late registrations accepted until April 4th.

Join us for UURAF 2021 on Symposium by ForagerOne!

Schedule of Events

All Presentations

April 15 - 19, 2021  |  Asynchronous


UURAF Program Book


UURAF (pronounced: yoo-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.


Symposium by ForagerOne will be an asynchronous, virtual event consisting of pre-recorded poster, oral, and performance/showcase presentations. Presentations will be visible to the public beginning on April 15th and continue through April 19th.

Students must register to present at UURAF by February 11th at 11:59 PM Eastern. Registered student presenters will be asked to provide an unlisted YouTube link for their presentation as well as other elements. Click on the links that follow for more details about poster, oral and performance presentation requirements. Presentations are due by 11:59 PM Eastern on April 8. Only those presentations received by the deadline will be shared during the virtual forum.

Current MSU undergraduates and December 2020 graduates are eligible to present at UURAF 2021. 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. Research is a process. Share with the university community where you are in that process when you present at UURAF.

Special Consideration for UURAF 2021

  • All presenters must complete Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training by April 5, 2021. The RCR completion certificate is not required at the time of registration.
  • Due to virtual event logistics, presentations are due by April 8th at 11:59 PM Eastern
  • The forum is open to the public.  Do not share confidential or intellectual property information in your abstract or during your presentation.

Questions about UURAF? 

Check out our FAQs!

On Thursday, January 28th we hosted a workshop on the UURAF Layout and Submission Process. You may access the presentation here.

On Monday, March 29th we hosted a workshop on Preparing for Success at UURAF. You may access a recording here.

Virtual Presentation Example from Mid-SURE 2020.

Presenter Submission Guide on preparing and submitting your virtual presentation.


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 March 31, 2021. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.