A Letter from our Executive Director
Dear Symposium Attendees,
It is our distinct honor and privilege to invite you to the Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium. This year’s symposium will provide distinguished undergraduate researchers with opportunities to present their research, network with other scholars, learn about post-graduate opportunities, and converse with professors and research professionals. The ILURS Council and Board of Directors have worked tirelessly to provide Ivy League scholars with the most intriguing and stimulating symposium experience across the Ivy League, and we are confident that the symposium’s diversity and size will stimulate researchers and inspire intellectual, academic discourse. ILURS’ broad scope of academic disciplines, its unique slate of events both academic and social, and its home at the University of Pennsylvania will support the largest and foremost undergraduate research symposium in the nation.
New to ILURS 2019 are the Poster Presentation Awards & Plenary Presentation Awards. Judged by a panel of esteemed University of Pennsylvania faculty, ILURS attendees will have the opportunity to be recognized for their exceptional research. 5 awards will be given in each poster presentation category and 3 overall awards will be presented for plenary presenters.
The Symposium will feature notable keynote speakers and offer invaluable workshops connecting students and alumni from across the Ivy League. Following the Symposium, our efforts will extend into two key initiatives: the Ivy League Undergraduate Research Journal and the Ivy League Undergraduate Research Fund. The journal will be separated into the same academic disciplines as the Symposium, pioneering a medium for interdisciplinary, cooperative discussion. In addition, during the Spring, we will begin applications for research grants, designated specifically for undergraduate students.
We thank you all for your interest and support, and we look forward to seeing you in April!
Executive Director, ILURS 2019
3601 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Thank you for your interest in presenting at ILURS 2019! We are very excited to hear from you and learn more about your interesting research topics.
The Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium serves to promote cutting-edge, undergraduate research and facilitate a community of research-oriented individuals across the Ivy League. As our primary goal is to promote any and all outstanding undergraduate research, the symposium spans across all academic disciplines. We embrace an interdisciplinary approach to research, including perspectives from the natural sciences to perspectives from the humanities. Furthermore, the secondary goal of our symposium is to foster a network among tomorrow’s most powerful leaders and most well known scholars by offering professional networking opportunities, career fairs and workshops. ILURS serves as a unique platform to connect the Ivy League’s most distinguished undergraduates.
Registration is now open for ILURS 2019.
- Abstract Submission Due: 3/15/2019 (rolling admission)
- Final Acceptance Notification: 3/22/2019
- Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium: 04/19/2019 - 04/21/2019
Ivy League Undergraduate Research Journal
Following each Symposium, the Ivy League Undergraduate Research Journal will accept submissions in the four academic divisions of the Symposium: Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Art & Humanities, Social & Economic Sciences and Engineering & Applied Sciences. The journal serves as a platform where scholarly, interdisciplinary discourse can be undertaken. Submissions are now closed for the 2018 edition of the Journal. The published journal will be available on this website, along with a printed version that will be distributed to each school.
Ivy League Undergraduate Research Fund
In our efforts to support undergraduate research, we are in the process of establishing the Ivy League Undergraduate Research Fund. Check back in Spring 2018 for updates.
- Who can apply to be a presenter?
- What if my research is done in a group setting?
- Can I apply if I don’t do research in fields like biology, chemistry and physics?
- What if I am not done with my research by the registration deadline?
- How are projects selected? When will I know if my project is selected?
- Will there be a registration fee? What if I’m concerned about affording it?
- Is housing and food provided?
- Do I have to attend all 3 days of the symposium? What if I have to arrive late or leave early?
- What are the poster requirements?
All undergraduates currently enrolled at an Ivy League university, and alumni who have graduated within the last 12 months, can apply to present at ILURS 2019. Your research does not have to be done at your home university.
This would be dealt on a case-by-case basis. All group members should submit their own application with the same abstract. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any specific questions.
Yes! We highly encourage students doing research in ANY field to apply to our symposium. We want to bring a diverse environment to all of the researchers across the Ivy League.
We require you to have your research finished by the registration deadline. This gives presenters enough time/materials to make a poster and prepare for the symposium.
Attendees for the Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium 2019 are selected on the merits of their research, which will be determined by an abstract review by the Symposium review panel.
There will be a registration fee of $100 to cover symposium costs. Presenters will be required to bring their own research posters.
If you are selected to present at ILURS 2019, please do not let the registration fee discourage you from participating. In circumstances of financial hardship, fee waivers may be requested by emailing email@example.com.
Your registration fee covers housing at the Sheraton - University City. Your fee will also cover Friday dinner, Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday lunch - you will be responsible for the rest of your meals during the symposium.
Attendees must be present for the entirety of the symposium. If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posters must be 48 in by 36 in, and may be in either portrait or landscape orientation. You will not be allowed to present if your poster does not meet these conditions.
If you have any additional questions, please email email@example.com.
We would like to thank everyone for presenting at ILURS 2017
Hope is a junior at Brown University concentrating in Engineering Physics and has been involved in myriad research projects throughout her undergraduate career. In the summer of 2016, she participated in an REU at Yale, investigating barium titanate as a multiferroic tunnel barrier for spintronic transistors. The following summer, she was a research intern in the Science & Technology department of IBM Research, working on a neuromorphic computing project. During the school year, she has worked in an optics lab and will be joining a condensed matter physics lab this spring.
She is also the head solar panel maker and assembler for Brown Space Engineering, whose Cube Satellite will be launching from the ISS in April of 2018! Outside of academics, Hope is Copy Editor and a writer for a student-run literary arts magazine, an avid reader, and a musician. She is also heavily involved in the Branch at Brown Ministry and Brown Christian Fellowship.
On campus Isabel tutors physics, molecular biology, and calculus and serves as an undergraduate teaching assistant in the physics department. She is chief copy editor at The Daily Princetonian, a founding executive board member of Envision, and editor-in-chief of the Princeton Traveler. Isabel serves as president of the Institute for Chocolate Studies, the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, and the Taiwanese American Students Association. She’s also a Princeton Student Ambassador for the Admissions Office.
Isabel is a proud Metro Detroiter and public school alumna who represented Michigan as a finalist at both the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS).
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