Temple University's Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity provides ambitious, intellectually motivated undergraduate students the opportunity to present and defend their original research or creative work among peers, faculty, family, and friends.

Students and advisors of students who have been performing research are encouraged to apply; the symposium is an excellent chance to enhance your CV with an oral or poster presentation. Through its emphasis on original research and creative work, the symposium seeks to inspire undergraduate students to analyze, critique and engage with the world around them. The 2023 abstract submission portal is now open. Submissions are due February 2, 2023.

There are two types of presentations:

  • Oral presentations (called a "paper" presentation)
  • Poster presentations

The 2023 Symposium will be held in person on Thursday, March 30, 2023, on the 2nd floor of the Howard Gittis Student Center. 


  • Current full-time undergraduates from all Temple schools and colleges.
  • Work on the research or creative project must be "complete" at the time of submission. (For CST, "complete" means that a cohesive research story can be communicated; it does not mean that the broader project has to be concluded.)
  • Abstracts must clearly indicate the level of completion of the work. New proposed research, or projects just-begun will not be considered.
  • Work must be endorsed by a Temple faculty member (external research advisors are still permitted, but a CST sponsor must be selected).
  • Students may submit multiple project abstracts, and may present up to one oral presentation (paper) AND one poster. However, if more than one project is accepted in either format, the student will have to choose which project they will present.

How to apply

Proposals may be submitted by Temple undergraduate students only through the online application linked below. Supporting/nominating faculty will be notified by email when their student's submission is ready for review. Faculty may consult this submission review guide to familiarize themselves with the submission format. The 2023 abstract submission portal can be accessed here.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Prof. Michael Zdilla, mzdilla@temple.edu or Vincent Voelz, voelz@temple.edu If you have general questions about the Symposium, please email: symposium@temple.edu