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Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Forum

Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activites


The 2017 Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Forum will be held on Monday, April 3rd, 2017, in the Student Center Ballrooms. SIU Carbondale Undergraduates who have conducted an original research, scholarly, or creative project under the guidance of a faculty mentor displayed an informational poster at the forum's poster session. Prizes are awarded for the top posters. Last years winners can be viewed here.

Requirements Prior to Forum

In order to participate in the forum, A registration form and an abstract must be submitted. Deadlines and instructions for preparing these documents follow.

Abstract - Deadline: Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

The abstract must describe the objectives and results of your project. It should be a Word document between 200 and 300 words (300 word maximum), single-spaced, in Times 12 point font, and in APA format. Put the title of the poster, the author(s), and the department(s) at the top of the abstract. Please indicate in your email in which judging session you will be available (see below). Submit your Abstract as an attachment to your email to with "Forum Abstract" in the subject line. (For sample abstracts, see the links on the main forum page.)

Here is a template for a proper abstract:

Student’s Name and Mentor’s Name
Student’s Department
Abstract (300 word maximum)

For examples of previous abstracts, click here

Event Itinerary for UCARF April 3rd, 2017

Poster Setup 

The ballroom opens at 7:30 am on April 3rd. You will need to put your poster up between 7:30 am and 8:30 am.


There will be judging sessions for posters from 8:30 am to 10:30 am and from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. When you submit your abstract, please state in your email which of these two sessions you can be available for the judges to interview you. Each student will be asked to give a five-minute presentation outlining his or her project, followed by questions. The judges will be at each of the posters for approximately 15 minutes. 

Public Viewing 

The public is invited to browse the posters from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Please plan to be present for as much of this time as possible to answer people's questions and discuss your research.

Award Announcements 

The prize-winning posters will be announced at 3:00 pm