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2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Biological Sciences and Psychology

About the Symposium: Click here for a PDF of the full program

The Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Biological Sciences and Psychology will be Friday-Saturday November 10-11, 2017 at Washington University in St. Louis. The purpose of the Symposium is to provide undergraduates from the areas of biology and psychology with a venue to present their research projects and results to peers and faculty in a professional setting outside of their home institution.  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. Costs for participants including transportation, lodging, and meals will be covered by the Consortium.

The Symposium will begin at about 5:30 PM with dinner and 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. 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 arranged for you and provided by the Consortium at the Parkway Hotel (4550 Forest Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108, phone: 314-256-7777, web: Please contact your campus Midstates representative regarding arrangments for group travel of participants from your home institution. 


2017 Midstates Undergraduate Research Symposium Registration Timeline

  • August 21, 2017 Online Abstract Submissions & Registration Opens (see link below)
  • Sept. 29, 2017 Abstract Submission & Registration Deadline, both meetings
  • Sept. 30-Oct 8, 2017 Review of Submissions
  • Oct. 9, 2017 Notification of Decision on Abstracts, Lodging & Travel
  • Nov 3-4, 2017 Physical Sciences Symposium - University of Chicago
  • Nov 10-11, 2017 Biological Sciences Symposium - Washington University St. Louis

The registration deadline for both meetings is Friday, September 29, 2017.  It is important that EVERYONE presenting or co-presenting register. Listing co-presenters on the abstract 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. If you have not been notified of your participation by October 9, or if you have other questions at any time, you may contact Dr. Michael Seymour at

Abstract guidelines

  • Title: 15 word limit, no special characters except Greek letters and punctuation. Firstword and proper noun capitalization only.
  • Abstract: 200 word limit. 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.)

Click here for the online registration form


The 2017 Janet Andersen Award Keynote Lecture

Dr. Julie Legler, Statistics Program Director, St. Olaf College.  For more information:

Hosts at Washington University in St. Louis

  • Bruce Carlson,, 314-935-3486
  • Sara Holmes,, 314-747-0947