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Undergraduate Research Conference

Save the Date

The 2020 conference has been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak but will return next spring.

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This exhibition is free to attend and open to the public! You're encouraged to bring your families as you browse student presentations, explore creativity and scholarship, and celebrate the creative practices that proudly define our campus community.

The event is followed by Convocation in the afternoon.

Event Schedule


Higher Education is full of opportunities

As a student, you may present work related to:

  • Course research
  • Creative work in the visual and performing arts
  • Independent study
  • Community service
  • Study abroad

Participation provides you with an opportunity to:

  • Learn to present academic and creative work in a formal setting
  • Receive feedback from faculty and scholars in your field
  • Exchange ideas with other undergraduate scholars
  • Enhance your resume
  • Impress your family and friends

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.

Student presenting a project at the conferenceOverhead view of the conferenceStudent taking notes at the conference

See more photos from last year's conference through our Facebook gallery.

2019 Conference 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

2018 Conference Winners

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

2017 Conference Winners

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

2016 Conference Winners

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


Jacquelyn Durkan & 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


All registered Fitchburg State undergraduates are eligible to participate. Students must have a faculty member sponsor their work and to assist them with writing abstracts and preparing presentations.

Presentation formats

  • Presentations can be done individually or in small groups.
  • Students can also present videos, artwork, or theatrical performances.
  • Works in progress may be presented so that feedback may guide or improve a project.
  • Oral sessions are conducted in panel and discussion format. Grouped by discipline/topic, each of the four presenters in a panel gives a ten-minute presentation. A fifteen-minute discussion for the entire panel follows.
  • Poster sessions are arranged by discipline/topic. The poster session this year will be one-hour long in which the presenter is expected to be present to answer questions at her/his poster.

How to participate

Go to Submit an Abstract for more information about the submission process. Contact the Conference Co-chairs, Renee Fratantonio or Katy Covino, via email for more information. Submissions for the 2020 conference will open in the Spring 2020 semester.