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Virtual Student Research & Community Engagement Symposium

The 23rd Annual Student Research & Community Engagement Symposium will be held virtually!

Open to all UMass Lowell undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students, this is an exciting opportunity to share your research, service learning project, study abroad experience, creative works, or other academic endeavors with fellow students, faculty, deans & department chairs, and the extended UMass Lowell community! In addition, we anticipate that a broad cross section of middle school and high school students, prospective UMass Lowell students, and many others will join this year’s virtual event. And, as a virtual event, we should be able to accommodate as many UMass Lowell students as wish to participate!

Below is an overview of the virtual format, including a notation if the process/feature is new or has changed now that we've migrated to a virtual format.

  • UMass Lowell student presenters must submit an abstract (up to 250 words) using the Abstract Submission portal. Team submissions are welcome. (This step has not changed). The abstract submission deadline is extended to April 19, midnight. Read more about the abstract submission process.
  • Abstract submissions will be routed through the abstract submission portal to your UMass Lowell project advisor. Advisor approval is required to present in the symposium. (This process has not changed).
  • Upon approval, the student who submitted the abstract will receive an email generated by the portal with instructions on how to submit a 90-second video presentation and upload it to the UMass Lowell Student Symposium video submission platform. (The notification process has not changed).
  • New: All presentations must be 90-second videos, submitted to the UMass Lowell Student Symposium video submission platform. (The 90-second video replaces the submission of a PowerPoint slide that would have been used for the Lightning Talk or converted into a large format poster to be displayed during the Poster Session). The video submission deadline is April 23, midnight. Read more about the 90-second video presentation process and guidelines.
  • New:Student Presentation Videos will be available for public viewing on the UMass Lowell Virtual Student Symposium YouTube Channel from April 27-April 29 midnight. (This presentation format replaces what would’ve been the on-campus Lightning Talks & Poster Session).
  • New: Anyone with the link to the UMass Lowell Virtual Student Symposium YouTube Channel will have the opportunity to view and vote on any one of the student presentation videos during the viewing period (April 27-29). This voting format replaces the judging component of the on-campus Lightning Talk and the Fan Favorite voting during the Poster Session. Additionally, with this change, the potential voting audience has expanded. It is likely to include viewers who represent a range of ages and backgrounds, with varying levels of expertise. Read more about the Virtual Student Symposium Viewing & Voting Opportunities.
  • New: An Awards Webinar will be scheduled at the end of the week to announce the winners. (The Awards Webinar replaces the on-campus awards announcements). Check back for the date/time; it will most likely be an hour-long webinar on April 30 or May 1). Read more about the Virtual Student Symposium Awards Webinar

We are very excited to launch the UMass Lowell Virtual Student Symposium! We are working out some of the final details, such as the date/time of the Awards Webinar. Please check back for additional information and thank you in advance for your patience!

If you have questions, email: Student_Symposium@uml.edu.

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Abstract Process & Guidelines

Students who wish to present in the Virtual Student Symposium must submit an abstract (up to 250 words) using the online submission portal.

Read more about the abstract submission process.

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90-second Presentation Videos

Student presenters will share their projects as 90-second presentation videos. Presentation videos will be hosted on the UMass Lowell Virtual Student Symposium YouTube Channel from April 27-April 29.

Read more about the 90-second video presentation process and guidelines.

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Public Viewing & Voting on Student Presentation Videos & Virtual Student Symposium Awards Webinar

Student Presentation Videos will be available for public viewing from April 27-29 on the UML Virtual Student Symposium YouTube Channel. Viewers will have an opportunity to vote on each video presentation using a judging rubric. Winners will be announced during an Awards Webinar.

Read more about the video viewing & voting and the Awards Webinar.

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