Join us at the Virtual 2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium!

The Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium will take place virtually on September 13th-14th. 

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 to 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.

RSVP to attend asynchronously on Canvas (OSU ONIDs required)

Register to attend live student Plenary Talks 

Register to present your work

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. Students can indicate their interest in the SURS application to present plenary talks.


June 15 - Presenter 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 20 - Last day to register

August 23 - Deadline for faculty mentor approval of application (once faculty have approved, students will be notified of their acceptance)

August 13-23 - Presenters are added to Canvas and can begin uploading lightning talks

August 25th - Deadline to submit for consideration of plenary talk

September 9 - Deadline to upload lightning talk into Canvas

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


Click the button below for instructions on how to make your presentation!

Instructions for Creating a Lightning Talk

FAQs for Lightning Talks

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 12th. 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 13th. 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 September 13th-14th.

Please RSVP here for Zoom links and passcodes.

Plenary Talk Schedule:

  • Mon., Sep 13, 2021 11:00 AM: Bodhi Tree
  • Mon., Sep 13, 2021 01:00 PM: Defunding and Reinvesting: Anthropology and University Policing in the Pacific Northwest
  • Tues., Sep 14, 2021 11:00 AM: Effect of Phosphorylation on SARS-CoV-2 N Linker
  • Tues., Sep 14, 2021 01:00 PM: CRISPR-modification of Floral Genes in Eucalyptus: Impacts on Flower Structure and Pollen Development

Please email us at [email protected] with questions or concerns.