The annual CURO Symposium highlights excellence in undergraduate research at the University of Georgia through students' oral and poster sessions—and is open to all undergraduates pursuing faculty-mentored research in any discipline, not just those enrolled in CURO coursework. Students with research at various stages of completion are encouraged to apply.

The Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) will hold the 2020 CURO Symposium on Monday, April 6 and Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia.



Monday, April 6, 2020 

Four Concurrent Oral Sessions (50 minutes)


Welcome & Keynote Address


Poster Session & Reception


Tuesday, April 7, 2020 

Five Concurrent Oral Sessions (75 minutes)



UGA buses marked "Special Event" and with a "CURO Symposium" sign in the front window will run on a loop to the Classic Center with stops at the Georgia Center, the Tate Student Center, & the Arch. Paid parking (not free) is available at the Classic Center.



CURO welcomes submissions from UGA undergraduates pursuing faculty mentored research in all disciplines. The Symposium is open to all undergraduate researchers, not just those pursuing research through CURO coursework. Undergraduate researchers at various stages of the research process are encouraged to submit.

Only current UGA undergraduates are eligible to submit an application for the CURO Symposium. Students who conducted their research as undergraduates but have recently graduated are still eligible to present.

For group research projects, one member of the group should submit an abstract. Additional members must be fellow UGA undergraduates and should be listed as co-applicants. Co-applicants must be available to attend and present at the Symposium. 

Submitted abstracts are limited to 250 words.



Please discuss your abstract with your mentor prior to submission.

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words, free of spelling and grammatical errors, and contain a thesis statement, a description of methods, a statement of (anticipated) findings, and a statement of significance. Submitted abstracts must be free of footnotes, endnotes, or parenthetical citations.

When submitting an abstract, students must indicate their preferred format: oral or poster. Students should consult their mentor regarding an appropriate format for their presentation. After selecting a format, applicants will need to specify their availability. Students with a class conflict will be given the opportunity to request a Symposium letter of acceptance to present to the instructor of the conflicting class.

Students may submit a maximum of two different abstracts per Symposium. Each abstract must be submitted via a separate application. Since there is only one poster session, students may only present one abstract as a poster.

Once an abstract is submitted, the faculty mentor will be notified via email and will review and approve or decline the abstract. If an abstract is initially declined, students will have one opportunity to re-submit. Accepted abstracts will be published in the 2020 CURO Symposium Book of Abstracts, and the submitter and any co-applicants will be scheduled for an oral or poster presentation.



For more information on the Best Paper Awards, UGA Libraries Undergraduate Research Awards, and CURO Research Mentoring Awards please see: Symposium Awards