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2021 Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Physical Sciences, Math, and Computer Science, Hosted by the University of Chicago on November 12-13 2021



The Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Physical Sciences, Math, and Computer Science will be held Friday-Saturday November 12-13 
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. 

The surge in the delta variant of the COVID-19 virus means that our symposia will be virtual again this year.  In addition to keeping our students safe this has several advantages:

1.     The number of students who can present per school will increase from 8 to 20.

2.    The number of people who can attend presentation or poster sessions from each school is now unlimited.

3.    If they choose students will be able to keep poster sessions up for ten months after the session.  During this entire period people from the Midstates Consortium will be able to send feedback to the students about their project.

We will also be using new software this year which will facilitate interactions between poster presenters and attendees.

The symposium will be hosted by the University of Chicago.


Application Information


2021 Midstates Undergraduate Research Symposium Application Timeline

  • August 31, 2021: Online Application and Abstract Submission opens (see link below)
  • October 22, 2021: Abstract Submission & Application Deadline, both meetings
  • October 25, 2021: Notification of decision on abstracts will be sent to Midstates campus representatives and participants.

The application deadline for presenters at the meeting is Friday, October 22, 2021.  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 Application Form for Presenters: