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The 2021 Virtual University Research Symposium (URS)
March 9, 2021

A regional conference showcasing students' research and creative endeavors, the University of West Alabama Research Symposium is held each year during Spring Assessment Day. Despite the current limitations of travel and large gatherings, undergraduate and graduate researchers from UWA and any other school have a unique opportunity to create an internet archive of their research, share their work with a broader audience, and build their portfolio by participating in a virtual URS Symposium on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.
The symposium invites diverse poster and oral presentations for undergraduates, graduates, faculty and other professionals representing all disciplines. Keynote speakers are Drs. Crystal Icenhour, Esther Ngumbi, and Lara Perez-Felkner. This virtual format encourages all students, faculty, staff, and community members to attend and interact with all presenters.

Please use the sidebar on this page to learn more about criteria, submission, participation, format, etc. If you have additional questions please email


Venue: Virtual, via Zoom

1:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. CST

*Optional Tech Time - Students many join to ensure technical functionality.

12:30 p.m

*Opening remarks

  • Chair, opening comments and how symposium works

  • URS alumnus - how URS benefited my career

1:00 p.m.

Undergraduate breakout session(s) – competitive

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Graduate breakout session(s) – competitive

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Faculty 15- minute presentations  – non-competitive

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Keynote Speakers

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

  • 6:00 pm – 6:25 pm

  • 6:25 pm – 6:50 pm

  • 6:50 pm – 7:15 pm

Closing Remarks

7:30 p.m.

Award Announcements

March 15, 2021; 12:00 p.m.

via email announcement

Presentation Categories:

Undergraduate Students

  • STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) 

    • Poster Presentations

  • Social Sciences

    • Poster Presentations

  • Creative Scholarship in Design, Arts and Humanities 

    • Poster Presentations

  • Other Fields

    • Poster Presentations


  • Monetary awards and certificates to be presented to the best undergraduate research posters include:

    • President’s Award $300

    • Provost’s Award $200

    • Dean’s Award $100

  • Monetary awards to be presented to best graduate presentations include:

    • 1st place        $100

    • 2nd place        $75

    • 3rd place        $50

Organizing Committee
Dr. Mustafa Morsy, Chair
Dr. Jing Chen
Ms. Betsy Compton
Mrs. Hoda Hassan
Mr. Robby Johnson
Dr. King Tiong
Dr. John McCall (ex officio) 


Please contact us: 
By email:  

By mail: 
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics 
University of West Alabama 
Station 7 
Livingston, AL 35470 


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