The Undergraduate Research Symposium

Aresty Research Center Symposium


Each spring, the Aresty Research Center hosts a university-wide Undergraduate Research Symposium. Our tenth annual Symposium will be held on April 25, 2014 at the Livingston Student Center from 10:30am - 2:00pm (poster presenters will arrive at 9:00am). A celebration of scholarship and creative activity, the Symposium is a chance for undergraduates to present a paper or poster on their findings to an audience of faculty, peers, and the New Brunswick community more broadly - local high school students, friends, family, and recruiters from the private sector are all welcome. Rutgers students not yet involved in research will find that attending the symposium is a great way to learn about the broad range of research opportunities for undergraduates. The presentations range from the life sciences, chemistry, and engineering to medical ethics, literature, and politics.

Apply to Present

We invite all students currently working on research projects to apply to present their original, scholarly work at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. Research projects from all disciplines are welcome. Students must be working under the guidance of a faculty mentor who can speak to the quality of the research. This includes students working on faculty research as well as students working on their own research under the supervision of faculty. Learn more.


Each year, we invite graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from across the university to help evaluate the undergraduate presentations at our annual Symposium. Through Aresty programming, undergraduate researchers spend the year developing their public speaking skills and learn to contextualize their research. Students learn to explain their work to experts and non-experts alike, and the Symposium is their first real chance to put these skills to use. Symposium judges help us ensure that presenters effectively communicate their research.

2014 Symposium

The Aresty Undergraduate Research Symposium showcases Rutgers research at its finest. In 2014, our event included over 500 student researchers representing more than 70 departments, institutes, and centers across the New Brunswick-Piscataway campuses. Guests experienced firsthand how Rutgers integrates students into the life of a research university.

We invite you to read this feature in Rutgers Today about the 2014 Symposium, which includes links to profiles of four outstanding undergraduate researchers.

Please click here to download the 2014 program.