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 location will be announced later. Abstract submissions will be accepted from January 14 to February 11, 2021.


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.


UURAF 2021 will be an asynchronous, virtual event consisting of pre-recorded poster, oral, and performance/exhibit 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 March 31st. 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 training.
  • The forum is open to the public.  Do not share confidential or intellectual property information in your abstract or during your 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.