Join us at the 2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium!

The Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium will take place virtually on September 14th and 15th.


The Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium (SURS) is an annual showcase for OSU undergraduates to present their research, scholarship, and creative projects to the broader university community.  Undergraduates from all academic disciplines, in all years of study and all stages of research, will present on a diversity of topics, approaches, and interests at OSU.

Due to changes in campus operations, and with respect for our need to remain socially distant, we will be changing the format of SURS to a virtual symposium. Even with this change, students will have the opportunity to share their research with the broader OSU community and receive questions and comments about their work. We hope this event will bring our community closer during this time of social distancing.

Information for Presenters 

Presentation Formats:

All students will create pre-recorded, 3-minute lightning talks, which will be hosted on Canvas. Each student will host their own discussion board where peers, mentors, and other OSU community members will ask questions and engage in dialogue during the event. 

A few students will be selected to deliver live, 10-minute plenary presentations* over Zoom, in addition to their lightning talk. More information about the selection process for live talks will be forthcoming. Students can indicate their interest in the SURS application to present.


June 16 - Registration opens - students can apply here!

  • The mentor will receive an email to approve the student's title and abstract when the student registers.
  • Students should begin preparing their presentations at the time of registration if they anticipate mentor approval.

August 10 - Last day to register

August 12- Deadline for faculty mentor approval of application

August 13 - Students will be notified of their acceptance

August 20 - Lightning talk "how-to" workshop

August 21 - Lightning talk help session - get specific questions answered!

September 10 - Deadline to upload lightning talk into Canvas

Click here for instructions on how to make your presentation

*plenary presentations typically refer to talks that all symposium attendees are invited to attend

Information for Attendees

To virtually attend SURS and to ensure that you have full access to the Canvas site, you will need to RSVP by September 13th. Due to limitations within Canvas, this event will only be accessible to members of the OSU community. Those who RSVP will be added to the Canvas course the morning of September 14th. Please check your email or login to Canvas to accept your Canvas invitation. Once in the Canvas site, you will be able to view presenters’ recordings, ask questions, and engage in dialogue via the Canvas discussion board function. SURS students and mentors do not have to register to attend this event - they will be added automatically.


Several students have been selected to deliver live, 10-minute plenary presentations via Zoom on the 14th and 15th.


Plenary Talk Schedule:

Please RSVP here for Zoom links and passcodes.


Plenary Talk #1: Sunidhi Agarwal

"Padhega India, Badhega India. Educated India, Prosperous India"

Mentor: Michael Boonstra

September 14th at 11AM


Plenary Talk #2: McKenzie Barker

"Water quality monitoring: the first step to protect ocean life"

Mentor: Steve Pacella

September 14th at 1PM


Plenary Talk #3: Jacob Rauenhorst

"The Effect of Ibuprofen on Synaptic NMDA Receptor Function in the 5xFAD Mouse Model"

Mentors: Dr. Magnusson and Emily Sackinger

September 15th at 11AM


Plenary Talk #4: Lauren Wall

"Why are so many people in the Latino Community in Sonoma County getting COVID-19?"

Mentor: Ricardo Contreas

September 15th at 1PM


Please email Sophie Pierszalowski at [email protected] with questions or concerns.