2023 University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF)

The 25th annual UURAF will be held Friday, April 14, 2023 at the Breslin Center and online. Student registration is due on February 9 at 11:59 PM. 


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.


UURAF 2023 will be a hybrid event on April 14. In-person activities will be held at the Breslin 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 presentation slot in the preferred modality. 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. Note to virtual presenters: due to event logistics, you must submit presentation materials by Sunday, April 9 at 11:59 PM.

Current MSU undergraduates and December 2022 graduates are eligible to present at UURAF 2023. 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 2023

  • All presenters must complete Level 1 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training by April 7. Level 1 RCR training includes the following modules: Introduction, Authorship, Research Misconduct, and Plagiarism. Presenters without RCR training will not receive judging and are not eligible for awards.
  • 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. 
  • Virtual Presenters:  Presentation materials are due on Sunday, April 9 at 11:59 PM

Graduate School Recruitment Fair

New this year! 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. Virtual table space is included at no additional charge.

Registration will open January 10 and close in early March. Questions? Contact Heather Dover, Coordinator for Undergraduate Research.


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 (doverhea@msu.edu, 517-884-1558). Requests received after April 5, 2023 will be honored whenever possible.