Undergraduate Research Symposium

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.

Additionally, Columbia Engineering hosts the Annual Engineering and Science Research Symposium early in the Fall semester. Please visit Columbia Engineering for more information on this symposium.

Please note, you must be a current undergraduate of Columbia University to participate in this symposium.

2021-2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium

The date and time for the Fall 2021 symposium to be announced.

Interested in presenting?

The application for presenting at the 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium is now closed. Please check this page again in Spring 2021 for the Fall 2021 symposium application or email ugrad-urf@columbia.edu with any questions.

Resources for Poster Design

Past Symposia Abstract Booklets

Read about research projects from past symposia in the booklets below.

2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium | 2020 Engineering & Science Research Symposium

2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium | 2019 Engineering & Science Research Symposium

2018 Undergraduate Science & Engineering Showcase | 2018 Engineering & Science Research Symposium

2017 Undergraduate Science & Engineering Showcase | 2017 Engineering & Science Research Symposium

2016 Undergraduate Science & Engineering Showcase | 2016 Engineering & Science Research Symposium

2015 Undergraduate Science & Engineering Showcase | 2015 Engineering & Science Research Symposium

2014 Undergraduate Science and Engineering Showcase | 2014 Engineering & Science Research Symposium

2013 Science Research Symposium | 2013 Engineering & Science Research Symposium

2012 Science Research Symposium | 2012 Engineering & Science Research Symposium

2011 Science Research Symposium

2010 Science Research Symposium

2009 Science Research Symposium

2008 Science Research Symposium

2007 Science Research Symposium

Annual Poster Competition Recipients


Humanities and the Arts

  • First Place: Paul Hanna CC'23
  • Honorable Mention*: Helen Ruger CC'22

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

  • First Place: Nicole Liberman CC'21
  • Honorable Mention*: Columbia Space Initiative Biomedical Microgravity Project (Members: Cole Allan SEAS’21, Luke D'Cruz SEAS’21, Sabrina Gjerswold-Selleck SEAS’21, Nathalie Hager SEAS’21 and Christopher Mendell GS’23)

Social Sciences

  • First Place: Makena Binker Cosen CC'21
  • Honorable Mention*: Kate Marsh CC'23

*Please note, honorable mention was added in 2020.


Humanities and the Arts

  • First Place: Helen Ruger CC'22

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

  • First Place: Yasmine Raya Ayman CC'21

Social Sciences

  • First Place: Greg Humphries CC'20