COLSA Undergraduate Research Conference

student presenting at COLSA URC

View the 2022 COLSA URC Abstract Book. Previous COLSA URC Abstract Books can be found on the URC Archives page.

The COLSA URC is open to any COLSA student who has performed a research project with a faculty mentor. The program consists of opening remarks from university leaders, 12-15 minute oral presentations, and poster session. There is no cost to attend the presentations at the COLSA Undergraduate Research Conference.

Students participating in the COLSA URC may also register for other URC events. The All Colleges Undergraduate Research Symposium and the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Symposium are also appropriate for COLSA students.

2022 COLSA URC Schedule of Events

8:15-9 a.m. - Breakfast and Welcome

9-10 a.m. - Oral Presentations

10:10-11:50 a.m. - Poster Presentations

11:50 a.m.-12 p.m. - Awards

Registration Notes and Requirements

student presenting at COLSA URC

Poster Size Information: COLSA URC specifications -- POSTERS SHOULD MEASURE EITHER 44" long X 36" wide OR 36" long X 44" wide; easels and poster boards are also provided. 

Abstract Information: The COLSA URC requires an abstract (limit 1500 characters including spaces). Students should work on the abstract with their faculty mentor or other supervisor using a word processing program, and then copy the final version into the registration window. Abstracts may have multiple authors; besides the student and faculty mentor, authors might include other undergraduates or graduate students who contributed significantly to your project. NOTE: Your registration for the COLSA conference is not complete until you submit an abstract.

The audience for the COLSA URC oral presentations is primarily COLSA students and faculty, but also contains family and friends who may lack a scientific background. Furthermore, even within the COLSA community, areas of expertise vary widely. We are committed to making the content of the oral presentations accessible to everyone, and urge presenters to focus on the broad appeal and impact of their research. This applies to both oral and poster presentations.

For those applying to give an oral presentation, we ask that in addition to your scientific abstract, you also submit a lay summary of 100-150 words that anyone from the general public could understand. When evaluating candidates for oral presentations, the COLSA URC Committee will use these lay summaries in conjunction with the scientific abstracts to ensure presenters can communicate effectively to a broad audience. After registering for the COLSA URC (Oral Presentations), please email your lay summary to pamela.wildes@unh.edu.

UNH's First Undergraduate Research Conference

In 1991, COLSA faculty recognized that an increasing number of undergraduate students were conducting research in faculty labs. Donna Brown, founding director of the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research, and COLSA faculty member Wayne Fagerberg decided that students should have the experience of a professional scientific conference where they could showcase research in collaboration with faculty mentors. COLSA is pleased that what was initially a science-based research conference has evolved into a university-wide event consisting of many individual conferences celebrating undergraduate research.

David Daggett, a presenter from the first conference in 1991, says this: "I've just finished my second post-doctorate here at UC Berkeley studying zebrafish. It was my experience at the COLSA undergraduate research conference that paved the way for me to pursue a career in research."

For General Questions about the COLSA URC contact:  Pam Wildes, 862-2250, pamela.wildes@unh.edu, or Leslie Curren, 862-5103, leslie.curren@unh.edu.