Undergraduate Research Conference

Illustration of a woman's head with a light bulb above it
2023 Conference Artwork by Vanessa Alejandro

Student presentations of creativity and scholarship that proudly define our campus community.

Higher Education is full of opportunities and this annual conference is a great way for you to present work related to course research, creative work in the visual and performing arts, study abroad trips, community service, and much more.

Effective presentation skills are valuable for all future careers. The conference is a public forum to enhance your skills, to share your work, to see the work of others in your field, and to give and receive valuable feedback.

The conference is free to attend and open to the public. We're proud of the work our undergraduate community does and we know you will be too.

Fitchburg State is committed to providing a comfortable, inclusive, and respectful environment for all members of our community. If you have access needs, or would like to request accommodations to fully participate in this event, please contact: ugrad-conference@fitchburgstate.edu

Spring 23 Conference Program

View a slide show from the recent ARTeries exhibit

Presentation Information

Getting Started

Want to participate, but no sure how to start? Here are a few tips to get you started. 

Submit an Abstract

Preparing Your Presentation

Information about the format for each presentation type, from oral, poster, and other visual arts.

Creative Writing Showcase

We are soliciting public readings of creative writing pieces including poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction of durations between 30 seconds and 4 minutes.

Answers to your questions

Answers to our most frequently asked questions. 

Past Winners

Congratulations to the 2019 top poster and presentation finishers.

Oral Presentation

Samantha Richard, Microplastics in the Nashua River Watershed, Dept. of Earth and Geographic Sciences, Sponsor: Dr. Daniel Welsh

Poster Presentation

Andrew Gagnon,Accessing Health Information: College Students' Health Literacy and Resource Use, Dept. of Psychological Sciences, Sponsor: Dr. Jannette McMenamy

Creative Writing Showcase

Dana Shahar, One Hundred Bedtime Stories

Congratulations to the 2018 top poster and presentation finishers.

Oral Presentation

John Sanford, Analysis of tRNA-Directed Riboswitches in Bacillus cereus and Bacillus anthracis, Dept. of Biology and Chemistry, Sponsor: Dr. Sean Rollins

Poster Presentation

Lixandra Numbem, Synthesis of Fluorine-Containing Compounds, Dept. of Biology and Chemistry, Sponsor: Dr. Dennis Awasabisah

Creative Writing Showcase

Faith Chesbrough, CRISS CROSS

Congratulations to the 2017 top poster and presentation finishers. Click on the links to read the abstracts.


Lexie Stewart, Kasandra Gonet, Courtney Hertz, Lisa Kay, Narcan for Dummies, Dept. of Nursing, Sponsor: Dr. Deborah Stone


Eljah Tucker, An Academic Study of Artificial Intelligence Use in the Classroom for Students with Disabilities, Dept. of Computer Science, Sponsor: Nadimpalli Mahadev

​​​​​Congratulations to the 2016 top poster and presentation finishers. Click on the links to read the abstracts.


Jacquelyn Durkan and Hannah Lombardo, How fat regulates stress response signaling in the model organism C. elegans, Dept. of Biology and Chemistry, Sponsor: Dr. Natalie Karagodsky


Robin Pike, GIS Internship with the Ayer Department of Public Works, Dept. of Earth and Geographic Sciences, Sponsor: Dr. Jane Huang

Past Conferences

Questions? Let us know!

Contact the Conference Co-chairs, Zachary Miner zminer@fitchburgstate.edu and Jessica Alsup jalsup@fitchburgstate.edu, via email for more information.