2021 Research Week

Undergraduate students are invited to participate in information sessions and panel discussions throughout the week to gain greater insight into research at Columbia and beyond, receive advice on how to embark upon their own research journey, and explore career pathways in research after completing their undergraduate degree. The week will culminate with the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, coinciding with Family Days 2021.


Research 101
Monday, October 11 | 4:00 - 5:00 PM EST | Join Zoom

Join Undergraduate Research and Fellowships advisers for a conversation about research opportunities available to undergraduates both on campus and beyond! In this session, we will talk about how to find an opportunity, application processes, ways of creating a compelling candidacy, strategies for obtaining a recommendation, and finding a research mentor.

Research in STEM: Near Peer Panel
Tuesday, October 12 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM EST | Join Zoom

Interested in pursuing post-graduate research in a STEM field? Unsure what to consider when applying to graduate programs? Want to hear about how emerging scholars in STEM fields got their start, and where their journey is taking them? Join us for a panel discussion on research across the STEM disciplines with Columbia graduate students and Columbia alumni.

Our panelists include:

  • Kevin Grant Burt, Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University,
  • Taruna Vani Neelakantan, Department of Chemistry, Columbia University,
  • Abhishek Shah (CC'21), Neurobiology and Behavior, Columbia University.
  • Maya Talukdar (CC'20), Harvard Medical School/MIT.

Overcoming Stranger Danger: Networking, Affiliations & Mentorship
Wednesday, October 13 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST | Join Zoom

In this session, URF will discuss ways to identify and reach out to potential research mentors, and the resources available to you in developing a strong research proposal.

Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Near Peer Panel
Thursday, October 14 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM EST | Join Zoom

Considering graduate school in a humanities or social science field? Curious to hear about emerging scholar’s research paths and entry into graduate school? Join us for a panel discussion on research across humanities and social science disciplines with Columbia graduate students and Columbia alumni.

Our panelists include:

  • Patrick Anson, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University
  • Bryn McCarthy, Department of Political Science, Columbia University
  • Wendy Morrison, Department of Economics, Columbia University
  • Lucas Ramos, Department of History, Columbia University
  • Amanda Weiss (CC’17), Department of Political Science, Yale University

2021 Columbia University Undergraduate Research Symposium
Friday, October 15 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST | Visit the Symposium Today!

Each year undergraduate students of Columbia University are invited to present their research in poster format at a symposium held during the Fall semester. Originally started as an event to showcase the science research of the Columbia College Rabi Scholars, the symposium now includes research projects from all disciplines.

The online component of the CU Undergraduate Research Symposium is now live and available for viewing! To take a look at this year's presenters, visit here.

The in-person part of the symposium will take place tomorrow, Friday, October 15th from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM in Low Library. This will be the opportunity for in-person engagement and live Q&A with this year's student researchers.

Please note, visitors who are affiliates of Columbia University must have their CU ID and a “Green Pass” to attend. For non-CU affiliates, only family members and friends that have registered for Family Days and have a name badge and wristband will be permitted to enter the building.