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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 urs@uwa.edu.

A Message From UWA Provost Dr. Tim Edwards


12:30 pm

Optional Tech Time - Students can join their assigned session to make sure technical functions are working correctly.

1:00 pm

Opening Remarks (Zoom Link)

  • Chair, opening comments and how it works

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Poster Presentations

Session 1

Undergraduate Poster Session – All Fields - competitive

Session 2

Graduate Poster Session– All Fields - competitive

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Graduate Oral Presentations – competitive

  • 10 minutes talk and 2 minutes Q&A

Session 1

Nutrition (1-4)

Session 2

Plant Biology (5-9)

Session 3

Nanotech (10-14)

Session 4

Engineering, Environmental (15-19)

Session 5

Education and STEM-related (20 -24)

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Faculty Oral Presentations  – non-competitive

  • 10 minutes talk and 2 minutes Q&A

Session 1

Talk (1-5)

Session 2

Talk (6-10)

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Keynote Speakers (Zoom Link)

  • Crystal Icenhour: From Country to Scientist to CEO

  • Esther Ngumbi: Never Alone: My Academic Journey from Kenya to Illinois

  • Lara Perez-Felkner: Sharpening the Focus on Student Basic Needs for STEM College Success


Closing remarks

March 15 at 12:00 pm

Award announcement (by email to all)

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: urs@uwa.edu 


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