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2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Physical Sciences, Math, and Computer Science, November 7, 2020


The Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Physical Sciences, Math, and Computer Science will be-Saturday, November 7. The purpose of the Symposium is to provide undergraduates from the physical sciences, math, and computer science fields 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 topics including computer science, engineering, environmental science, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, geology, astronomy and other physical science and/or math-related disciplines. This conference is open only to students and faculty from colleges and universities that are members of the Midstates Consortium for Math and Science. 

This year the symposium has been moved online and will be organized using ForagerOne symposium platform. There will be several sessions of both oral and poster presentations throughout the day. Oral presentations are scheduled at 15-minute intervals, allowing 12 minutes for the presentation and 3 minutes for questions.  Posters will be posted on a symposium website and will be available for students and faculty from Midstates Institutions to peruse several days before the symposium.  Each presenter will have an opportunity to present their poster and to answer questions during a live session on November 7.  The specific schedule for the time and locations of presentations will be sent to participants after all abstracts have been reviewed and organized into the appropriate sessions.


Application Information


2020 Midstates Undergraduate Research Symposium Application Timeline

  • August 31, 2020: Online Application and Abstract Submission opens (see link below)
  • October 5, 2020: Abstract Submission & Application Deadline, both meetings
  • October 12, 2020: Notification of decision on abstracts will be sent to Midstates campus representatives and participants.
  • October30, 2020: Deadline for uploading posters and presentations for the Physical Sciences, Math and Computer Science Symposium
  • November 3, 2020 Physical Science, Math and Computer Science Symposium webpage available to faculty and students from colleges and universities in the Midstates Consortium
  • November 7, 2020: Physical Sciences, Math and Computer Science Online Symposium


The application deadline for presenters at the meeting is Monday, October 5, 2020.  It is important that EVERYONE presenting or co-presenting submit their own application. Listing colleagues you are presenting with DOES NOT automatically generate an application for them.  Please read the abstract guidelines below before submitting your application. If you have questions at any time regarding the meeting, you may contact Dr. Edward Hansen at


Abstract guidelines

  • Title: 15-word limit, no special characters except Greek letters and punctuation. First word 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 to Open the Midstates Consotium Registration Form for Presenters