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2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Biological Sciences and Psychology,

2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Biological Sciences and Psychology, University of Chicago, November 2-3, 2018


About the Symposium:

The Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Biological Sciences and Psychology will be Friday-Saturday November 2-3 at the University of Chicago. 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, 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 general format for the Symposium is a Friday evening program, typically starting at 5:30, that includes dinner, a Keynote presentation (TBA) and the Janet Andersen Award lecture. On Saturday 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. The 60 minute poster session allows students to display their experimental results on a tack board panel and discuss their work with other meeting participants. The specific schedule for the meeting activities will be sent to participants after all abstracts have been reviewed and organized into the appropriate sessions.

Lodging will be arranged for you and provided by the Consortium at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Chicago Lakeshore, 4900A S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL phone: 773-324-3000, web: Please contact your campus Midstates representative regarding arrangments for group travel of participants from your home institution. 

Application Information

2018 Midstates Undergraduate Research Symposium Application Timeline

  • August 27, 2018 Online Application and Abstract Submission opens (see link below)
  • Sept. 26, 2018 Abstract Submission & Application Deadline, both meetings
  • Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2018 Review of Submissions
  • Oct. 4, 2018 Notification of Decision on Abstracts, Lodging & Travel
  • Nov 2-3, 2018 Biological Sciences Symposium - University of Chicago
  • Nov 9-10, 2018 Physical Sciences Symposium - Washington University St. Louis

The application deadline for both meetings is Wednesday, September 26, 2018.  It is important that EVERYONE presenting or co-presenting subtmit their own application. Listing the people you are presenting with DOES NOT automatically generate an application for them.  Please read the abstract guidelines below before submitting your application. 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 4, 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.)