The Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) is an annual student symposium intended to recognize accomplishments in research and creative expression. As a forum for cross-disciplinary sharing and discussion of original work, SOURCE provides opportunities for faculty-student engagement outside the structured classroom setting and for students to share their creative work and research with peers, faculty, university administration, and guests.

The all-day event includes several oral presentation sessions with various time formats and a poster session that includes lunch. To be considered for the event, students must have a sponsoring faculty member, write and submit an abstract (up to 250 words), and choose the most appropriate format (oral presentation or poster session). Abstracts can be written in English or Spanish with the assumption that the presentation, poster, or creative work will match the selected language.


Mark Your Calendars:

Abstract Writing Workshop on February 09, 2023 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm in Munday Library (room 141)

Poster presentation workshop held over Zoom on March 06, 2023 from 4:30 - 5:30pm

Oral presentation workshop on March 23, 2023 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in Munday Library room 141

This year, SOURCE is on Friday, March 31, 2023


To have your work considered for SOURCE, you will need

  • An abstract: (in English or Spanish): Instructions for writing 250-word abstracts are available here. The rubric for evaluating the abstracts is found here.
  • A faculty mentor to approve your application: Work with a faculty mentor for guidance and approval of your abstract and choice of poster or oral presentation. After that, complete the application form and add your faculty member's name and email address in the form.
  • A plan for how you'd like to present your work: Choose a presentation style that suits your project, either a poster presentation or oral presentation.

Just click the SUBMIT button below. This will take you to the 2023 SOURCE Abstract Submission form. You will (1) enter your abstract, (2) provide the name of your mentor, and (3) choose your presentation style preference. 


Note: Group projects should only be submitted once and by a single group member. Please indicate in your abstract that you are submitting on behalf of a group. 

For Students

Do you have an undergraduate research or creative project that you're proud of and would like to share with the university at SOURCE? Here's how to submit your work for consideration. 

The link below will take you to a form that will ask you to add a description of your work (Abstract), the name of your faculty mentor, and what kind of presentation you'd like to deliver (Oral or Poster).

Additional resources for research, writing, and editing:

  • Need help with writing and editing? Make an appointment with the Writing Center.    
  • Check out the SOURCE abstract evaluation rubric.                  
  • Visit the Munday Library’s website for searching, saving, and citing your sources.
  • Attend the Abstract Writing Workshop on February 09, 2023 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm in the Munday Library (room 141)
  • Attend the poster presentation workshop held over Zoom on March 06, 2023 from 4:30 - 5:30pm 
  • Attend the oral presentation workshop held in person on March 23, 2023 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in Munday Library room 141


Preparing Your Presentation:

  • Consult your faculty advisor for advice about crafting your oral or poster presentation and handling the logistics involved (e.g., poster printing)
  • Posters should be printed as size 36x48 
  • Students delivering oral presentations will have up to 15 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for questions (for a total of 20 minutes per time slot)
  • Students should prepare a visual aid, typically a slide presentation made using PowerPoint or Google Slides
  • Students will receive additional emails from the SOURCE committee with instructions and scheduling details when those become available

For Faculty

Faculty Members, 

Do you have students who've done notably strong work in your academic or creative courses? Encourage them to submit 250-word abstracts describing their projects. All you have to do is agree to act as a student's sponsoring mentor. Students will put your name on their submission form, and you'll receive a convenient email confirmation. You may also choose to help your student:

Being a SOURCE mentor is a meaningful way to serve the university, your students, and your discipline. We also encourage you to invite all of your students to participate. Oral presentations and the poster session are open to the SEU community. Even if they aren't presenting  at the event, attending allows students to experience the making and sharing of knowledge and creative expression in action. The SOURCE committee will officially recognize all faculty mentors with letters of appreciation.