Thank you for joining us in the Student Symposium

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Student Research and Community Engagement Symposium -- congratulations!

This year, the Student Symposium included 129 video presentations which are still available on the UML Student Symposium YouTube channel. We are so proud of all the student participants.

Also, thank you to all the viewers and voters. We look forward to seeing everyone next year!

2022 Student Symposium

The 25th annual Student Research and Community Engagement Symposium was held as a multi-staged competition with the final round and awards ceremony at University Crossing on April 26, 2022.

Open to all UMass Lowell undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students, this university-wide event is an opportunity for students to share their research, service learning projects, study abroad experiences, creative works and other academic endeavors with fellow students, faculty, deans and department chairs and the extended UMass Lowell community. Students may enter the competition as a team or as individuals.

2022 Student Symposium Format

Round 1

Students entering the competition submitted a video of no more than 3 minutes describing their projects. Video submissions were available for public viewing and voting. A team designated by each college dean selected a certain number of finalists proportional to the number of submissions from their college to continue to the next round.

Round 2

Finalists selected to proceed to Round 2 participated in an in-person Question and Answer (Q&A) session with a panel of 3-5 judges. The judges asked probing questions to learn more about the finalists’ projects and their challenges, solutions, impact, etc.

Awards Ceremony/Winners

The competition culminated in an awards ceremony where we announced all competition winners, including Fan Favorites.

The number of winners from each college was proportional to the number of submissions. Each college awarded at least one undergraduate and one graduate student or team as winners. Individual submission winners each receive $300. Team submission winners each receive $600 to be split amongst the team.

In addition, each college recognized one “Fan Favorite” winner based on the number of likes for their video on YouTube and input from judges. Fan Favorite winners receive $150 as both individuals and teams.

How to Participate

Please note we are not currently accepting submissions. We will update instructions for participation for 2023 at a later time.

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1. Submit Your Abstract

Students who wish to participate in the Student Symposium must submit an abstract (up to 250 words). Abstracts must be approved by project advisors. Please submit your abstract as soon as possible. Though you need abstract approval before submitting a video, it may be prudent to begin working on your video while your advisor reviews your abstract.

Read more about the abstract submission process.

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2. Submit Your Video

Videos may not exceed 3 minutes. We encourage students to be creative with their videos (i.e. using different formats such as multiple slides, demos, interviews, animations, etc.) as long as they demonstrate their projects effectively. Once your abstract is approved, you will receive the link to submit your video.

Read more about video submission, resources and tips.

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3. Prepare for Your Q&A

Finalists selected to proceed to Round 2 will be asked to participate in an in-person Question and Answer (Q&A) session with a panel of judges. Be sure to review your work and come prepared to further explain your project and answer clarifying questions.

Read more about the Q&A sessions.

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