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2015 Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Biological Sciences and Psychology

About the Symposium

The purpose of the Symposium is to provide undergraduates from biology and psychology with a venue to present their research projects and results to their peers and some faculty.  Students are welcome to present on subjects ranging from ecology, environmental science, zoology, biochemistry, medicine, and molecular biology, behavioral and cognitive science, pharmacology, neuroscience, and other fields relating to biology and/or psychology.  This conference is open only to students and faculty from colleges and universities that are members of the Midstates Consortium for Math and Science. To see a list of member institutions, click on “Members” to the left. Costs for participants including transportation, lodging, and meals will be covered by the Consortium.

The Undergraduate Research Symposium in Biology and Psychology will be Friday-Saturday November 6-7 at Washington University in St. Louis.  The conference begins around 5:30 pm on Friday with registration and dinner followed by the Janet Andersen Award Keynote Lecture.  There will be oral and poster presentations Saturday morning and afternoon, and the conference will wrap up at 5 pm on Saturday with a boxed dinner to take with you. Oral presentations are scheduled at 15-minute intervals, allowing 12 minutes for the presentation and 3 minutes for questions. Poster presentations allow participants to display their experimental results on a tack board panel. Lodging will be at the Parkway Hotel and will be arranged for you.  


The registration deadline is Friday, October 2, 2015.  It is important that EVERYONE presenting register. Listing the people you are presenting with DOES NOT automatically register them.  Please read the abstract guidelines below before registering.  Faculty members also need to register using the same form -- just leave blank any irrelevant fields. After you register, you should receive e-mail confirmation; if you do not receive such confirmation by October 9 please e-mail Paul Pearson at to check whether your registration was received.

Link to online registration form.

Abstract guidelines

  • Title: 15 words, no special characters except Greek letters and punctuation. First word and proper noun capitalization only.

  • Abstract: 200 words. No figures, tables, or references. Avoid special characters other than Greek letters if possible - please put a note in your registration if a special character is required.

  • Author/presenter/advisor names: Full first (given) name followed by last (family) name. Middle names/initials optional. No titles (Dr., Prof.), no degrees (Ph.D., M.D.). Other suffixes OK (III, Jr.)

The 2015 Janet Andersen Award Keynote Lecture

Dr. Laura Listenberger, Departments of Biology and Chemistry, St. Olaf College.  For more information:

Hosts at Washington University at St. Louis

  • Lucia Strader (, 314-935-3298)

  • Jenny Brown (, 314-747-0947)

  • John Russell (, 314-362-2558)