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College of Science Undergraduate Research Colloquium

Due to Covid-19, The Undergraduate Research Colloquium will be conducted online in collaboration with OSCAR’s Virtual Celebration from May 11-15th. Please visit for additional information if you are interested in participating and competing for prizes and prestige. You can contact if you have additional questions.

The College of Science and STEM Accelerator invite undergraduate students to participate in the 10th Annual Undergraduate Research Colloquium (URC).  The purpose of this event is to showcase the variety of undergraduate research projects in the College to the Mason community.  All students engaged in undergraduate research at any level in any academic unit within the College of Science are encouraged to participate.

This year’s event will feature a student poster session and awards, including overall, category, and student’s choice awards. Presentations will be judged in four categories Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Earth Sciences and STEM Learning & Education. This event is FREE of charge for all Mason students, staff, and faculty. Refreshments will be served.

Presenters may nominate their faculty mentor for the 2nd Annual COS Mentor of Excellence Award!  When submitting an abstract, students can enter their faculty mentor’s name and respond to prompt about their nomination.

Students, use the tabbed sections below to register your poster, submit an abstract and view poster details.

Faculty, staff, and graduate students: please consider being a judge for this event. Complete the Volunteer to Judge form below and you will be contacted by a colloquium organizer.

Colloquium Details

Location: Center for the Arts Lobby
Date: Thursday April 23, 2020
Time: 1-4pm


1-2pm Poster Session A
2-3pm Poster Session B
3-3:30pm  Networking reception and Student’s Choice Award
3:30-4pm   Dean’s Address, Student Poster Awards, Mentor of Excellence Award


From the archive

Abstract book from 2018 COS URC
Abstracts from 2017 COS URC


An abstract is a short summary (<1000 characters) of your scholarly project. For this event, it is ok if your work is not finished and conclusions are speculative at the time of abstract submission. Work with your mentor to effectively communicate your scholarly question, what you have done to answer it, what results you have obtained/anticipate, and what those results mean in the appropriate context. Your abstract should be written with an interdisciplinary scientific audience in mind.  Other important details:

  • It is your responsibility to insure your research mentor has reviewed and approved the abstract prior to submission.
  • The list of authors should be in the same order that you intend to display on your poster.
  • Group submissions are welcome, however posters should only be submitted once.  Indicate the group members who will be present at the Colloquium by placing an asterisk next to their name in the full author list.
  • Nominations for the Mentor of Excellence Award will be in the same form. Students should be prepared to write 3-5 sentences supporting their nomination.
  • Abstracts will be published in a printed and electronic abstract booklet that will be distributed by email to Mason’s faculty, staff and students.

To register your project for the COS URC, navigate to the abstract submission form by following the button on the right.

Poster abstracts and nominations for the Mentor of Excellence Award are currently being accepted. The deadline for submission is March 27, 2020.

Poster Details

  • All posters for this event must be 3ft x 4 ft and in the landscape orientation. Please download the template to be sure you have the correct size and orientation.
  • Modifications can be made to the boxes on the poster template, which has been provided as an example of what to include on a research poster.
  • If your poster is not created in PowerPoint, the final document needs to be a PDF.
  • Send your completed *.pdf or *.ppt electronic document to by 5pm, April 13, 2020, by 11:59pm.
  • Posters submitted by this deadline will be printed FREE of charge by the College of Science and brought to the Colloquium on the day of the event. If you do not meet this deadline, presenters will be required to print their poster at their own expense and bring it with them to the event.

Download Powerpoint Template

COS URC Poster Template


Complete the information below to volunteer to judge at the College of Science Undergraduate Research Colloquium. All Mason faculty, research staff, and graduate students are eligible to be judges. Judges will be contacted in early April with further instructions. Judging will occur during the poster session from 1-3pm.


Award winners and leaders from the 2018 COS URC

Award winners and leaders from the 2018 COS URC 

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