2024 University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF)
The 26th annual UURAF will be held Friday, April 12, 2024 at the Breslin Center and online. UURAF 2024 will be a hybrid event with in-person activities held at the Breslin Center and virtual activities 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. Refreshments will be served.
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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 undergraduate students to share their work with faculty, staff, peers, and external audiences. Participants will gain experience in presenting their research, answer questions about their work from audience members and guests, and receive constructive feedback from judges.
Graduate School Recruitment Fair
Student presenters are encouraged to visit with MSU graduate programs to learn more about future educational, research, and career opportunities.
MSU graduate programs are invited to participate in the graduate school recruitment fair at UURAF. The fair will run concurrently with UURAF presentations. The $75 registration fee includes: lunch for up to two recruiters, a 6-foot table, and validated parking. There is a $30 charge for additional recruiters.
Registration for graduate recruiters opens in January 2024. Questions? Contact Heather Dover, Coordinator for Undergraduate Research.
The 2024 University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum will be held on April 12 at the Breslin Center and Online
Save a presentation slot during Priority Registration! Category and modality choices are limited after Priority Registration closes. Abstracts/Proposals do not need to be complete at the time of registration. Final edits to UURAF registrations are due Friday, March 29 at 11:59 PM.
Current MSU undergraduates and December 2023 graduates are eligible to present at UURAF 2024.
Types of research and creative activity accepted:
- In Progress
- Completed Projects
- Course-based Research
- Education Abroad
- Community-based Participatory Research
- Work conducted during any semester (fall, spring, summer) or over multiple semesters
- Presented at other venues (college/department forums, off-campus conferences, etc.)
- Any other types that we missed on this list!
Click on the links that follow for more details about poster, oral, performance, exhibit, film presentation requirements. Note to virtual presenters: due to event logistics, you must submit presentation materials to online event platform by Monday, April 8 at 11:59 PM.
Schedule of Events
Details coming soon!
The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
What to Expect at UURAF
There is a great deal of activity happening throughout the event. An information desk is located on the Concourse and is a good resource for answering questions during the in-person event. If you have technical issues related to the online event site, please use the chat box. For online presentation related questions, contact the Undergraduate Research Office.
A tranquility room will be available at any time during UURAF for attendees to pray, meditate, or find a quiet place away from the flurry of activity during the event.
Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Direct requests for accommodations to Heather Dover, Coordinator for Undergraduate Research (firstname.lastname@example.org, 517-884-1558). Requests received after April 4, 2024 will be honored whenever possible.
At least one person in this setting reports chemical or scent sensitivity that may adversely impact their participation. We therefore request your cooperation in making this a scent-controlled environment by refraining from the use of scented products whenever possible.
First-place presentations in each category section receive a $100 prize (group presentations of more than 4 people will evenly split $400).
All presenters must complete Level 1 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training by Friday, March 29 to be eligible for awards. Level 1 RCR training includes the following modules: Introduction, Authorship, Research Misconduct, and Plagiarism.
UURAF Grand Prize
All first-place award recipients are eligible to submit their work for consideration for the UURAF Grand Prize, a $500 award. A total of two grand prizes will be awarded to one program from the science, engineering, and mathematics related categories and one program from the arts, humanities, and social sciences related categories.