Skip to main content

Undergraduate Research & Innovation Symposium: Home

Direct symposium questions, concerns, or registration cancellations to Dr. Karen Holmes by email or phone (757) 823-9055.


Undergraduate Research and Innovation Symposium

April 4, 2019  |  9 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Our registration site is now open. Click to register.

Important Dates

Poster Design Tutorial Class
February 18th, 12 p.m.

Participant Registration Deadline
March 8th, 5 p.m.

Poster Design Tutorial Class
March 12th, 12:30 p.m.

Deadline to Submit Posters Printed by the Library
March 22nd, 5 p.m.

Deadline to Submit Posters Printed Externally

April 2, 5 p.m.

April 4th, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Karen Y. Holmes at, (757) 823-9055, or Ms. Sonji Crum at, (757) 823-8769.

Participant Registration

Students: If you are interested in presenting at Norfolk State University's 2019 Annual Undergraduate Research and Innovation Symposium, please register using the site linked below. Registration closes March 8th at 5 p.m.

NSU URIS Registration Site

Call for Proposals



The 2019 Undergraduate Research & Innovation Symposium will be held on April 4, 2019 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library at Norfolk State University.  Faculty members are encouraged to identify and mentor students who are interested in submitting a proposal.  


The URL below will direct you to the URIS registration site.  The Registration platform is now open and the deadline to submit a proposal is March 8, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.



·       All undergraduate students must have a mentor to participate in the Undergraduate Research & Innovation Symposium. Abstracts submitted without a mentor will be returned to the student.

·       Poster Dimensions: 48”x 36.” Posters that do not conform to these dimensions will not be accepted. No exceptions.

·       Email poster for printing to Ms. Claire Hoffman at

·       Poster Printing Deadline: March 22, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.

·       Abstracts must be approximately 150 words. Abstracts that do not conform to this word count, and/or have extensive grammatical or spelling errors will be returned to the student.

·       If students have their posters printed external to NSU, the poster must conform to the 48”x36” dimensions. No exceptions.

·       Externally printed posters must be submitted to Ms. Claire Hoffman at the LBB Library on or before April 2, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Posters not received by this deadline will not be judged.

Please review the URIS website for additional details. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Karen Y. Holmes at, (757) 823-9055, or Ms. Sonji Crum at, (757) 823-8769.


Call for Judges and Moderators

Attention!  NSU Administrators, Faculty and Graduate Students!  Your assistance is needed!  The Undergraduate Research Symposium & Innovation Committee is seeking faculty judges and moderators for the 2019 Undergraduate Research & Innovation Symposium.   We are in need of judges across all of NSU’s schools and colleges.  Judges may include administrators, faculty, staff, and graduate students. Volunteers who are willing to participate as faculty judges and moderators should contact Dr. Karen Y. Holmes at or Ms. Sonji Crum at

Participation Criteria

2019 Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium
Participation Criteria


Each presenter will have a maximum of 15 minutes to present his or her research findings with a 2 minute Q/A session. The following criteria should be clearly identified.

  1. Title of Research Project
  2. Introduction
  3. Background Information
  4. Importance/Significance
  5. Methodology (Software Utilized)
  6. Results
  7. Conclusion/Future Work
  8. Acknowledgements (include Funding Source if applicable)



Posters by currently enrolled students at Norfolk State University will be judged. Only one (1) poster per lead author will be judged. All posters must be 48 inches wide by 36 inches high, no exceptions! If students are displaying multiple posters on the day of the event, they must choose ONE (1) poster to be judged. Also, a representative must be present during that session to describe their research to the judges.
The following criteria will be used by the judges.

  1. Project's PURPOSE/HYPOTHESIS must be clearly stated.
  2. An appropriate RESEARCH DESIGN was used and clearly stated.
  3. The data collected and analyzed, and the RESULTS were presented clearly.
  4. CONCLUSIONS were consistent wit the aim/purpose of the study.
  5. The QUALITY of the POSTER: Amount of information, readability, clarity, logical flow of information across the poster.
  6. The OVERALL QUALITY of the POSTER presentation: ANSWERS to questions, and Scientific Merit/research contribution to the community.
  7. All students/trainees must be by their poster(s) while the judges are making their rounds of the day of the event. A specific timeframe will be provided by the Steering Committee representatives closer to the date.
  8. In order to be judged, all posters must be mounted on poster boards according to the judges' timeframes for the session.
  9. All posters must be in their assigned spots.
  10. All images must include citations; references must also be included.
  1. The Performance/Exhibition category is designed for undergraduate students for whom performing (dance, music, theater, poetry, creative writing, etc.) is a scholarly endeavor. Solo performances or small ensemble performances are acceptable. An individual student is eligible for only one monetary award. Participants in a winning ensemble performance must split the prize money.
  2. Each performance must be no longer than 10 minutes (but may be shorter).
  3. Student(s) can perform one or more complete works or excerpts from one or more works.
  4. Performers are required to provide their own accompanists, instruments, props, etc.
All entries must include a 100-word min / 150-word (max) abstract or description. The following points should be included:
  • The composer or author and title of work(s) to be performed.
  • Why the work(s) was chosen.
  • The challenges to the performer(s)/artist(s) in presenting or creating the work(s).

    Presentation Suggestions:
  • Recital of music combined with discussion thereof
  • Reading of poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction combined with discussion thereof
  • Brief dramatic performance combined with discussion thereof
  • Exhibition of visual and plastic art works combined with oral presentation
  • Demonstration of digital artwork combined with discussion thereof

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Karen Y. Holmes at, (757) 823-9055, or Ms. Sonji Crum at, (757) 823-8769.

NSU Writing Center

Need help writing that abstract or putting your presentation together? Wondering what text to put on your poster?

The Norfolk State University
Writing Center can help you!

The Writing Center is located on the first floor of the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library and is available to assist you with just about any writing assignment or project. Click here to find out more about the services they offer.