UWB Undergraduate Research and

Creative Practice Symposium Application


The UWB Undergraduate Research and Creative Practice Symposium is an opportunity for UWB undergraduates to present what they have learned through their research experiences to a larger audience. The event showcases projects from all disciplines and encourages interdisciplinary discourse, allowing students to learn from each other about a broad range of exciting research topics.  Students currently involved in research are encouraged to apply.  Those not yet involved in research will learn about the broad range of opportunities available at UWB.

Please complete the following application before April 5, 2017 at 11:59 pm. 

The application form requires information that includes presenter, co-presenter and mentor information, project title and an abstract or artist's statement. 

Abstract (300 word limit):

An abstract is a brief summary of your research that includes your research topic/question, methods, results and/or progress to date, conclusions and implications.  An abstract is a summary of your research usually presented in skeletal form, which concentrates on the essentials of a larger idea or claim. Your abstract should include sufficient information for yoru audeince to judge the nature and significance of your research, the adequacy of the methodology employed, and the nature of the results and/or progress to date. For the purposes of the Undergraduate Research and Creative Practice  Symposium, a well-written abstract helps others who may not be studying in your discipline understand the purpose and value of your work. It should be comprehensible on a basic level to the educated non-expert audience. 

Artist's Statement (300 word limit):

Students presenting work from creative disciplines whether visual, sound, or text-based should submit an artist's statement in lieu of an abstract. The artist statement should help an educated non-expert audience understand the inquiry that motivates your work. What questions, concerns, techniques, and subjects activate your creative practice? You may explain your work by providing the background or context for the project, elaborating on the theories underlying it or the concepts it explores. You statement  may also address the question: what do you hope the audience sees, feels, or understands from viewing this work? For more information on writing artist statements please click here.

Session Types:

Oral Presentation

Oral presentations should be 10 minutes in length immediately followed by a 4 minute question and answer session.  Presentations should be tailored to an educated but non-expert audience and can include slides (e.g., PowerPoint), live demonstrations or performances, audience participation and/or handouts for the audience.

Poster Sessions

The poster should include a statement of the idea investigated, a description of the method or approach used, findings or progress to date, and a summary.

Performance Art

Performances should be 10 minutes in length followed by a 4 minute question and answer session. With special permission, group performances may run longer. Performers will be contacted about the size, location and technological capabilities of the performance space prior to the Symposium.

Visual Art Exhibit

Visual displays should include an artist’s statement and a short description of the work, including title, medium / materials, and year created, as applicable. The latter will be included alongside in an accompanying placard.

Still feel lost?

Don’t worry!  Workshops on how to write abstracts and artist statements, how to design your poster and how to give oral presentations are offered by the Undergraduate Research Program at UW Seattle and at UW Bothell. Or please make an appointment with Charlotte Rasmussen for more information.



For more information or questions, please contact Charlotte Rasmussen at rasmuc@uw.edu

Thanks to the Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Washington

What sort of creative works can you present at the Symposium?

The "shor"t list is video screenings, performances of stories, scenes, poetry, dance, and music, and exhibitions of visual art, design, and installations!

If you are unsure- send an e-mail to uwbur@uw.edu

Need help with Abstracts or Artists statements?