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The Fourth Annual Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium communicates and celebrates the participation of undergraduate students from the eastern regional Penn State campuses and a number of local colleges in their scholarly research endeavors. Undergraduate students who have been selected to represent their local campus will present posters or other exhibits to showcase their work to a general audience. Please note that PowerPoint-style presentations are not allowed as a substitute; however, a laptop or tablet may be used as a supplement to the poster or exhibit.

The symposium is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Penn State Worthington Scranton and is open to the public. Posters or other exhibits may be entered in the arts and humanities (including behavioral sciences, business studies and economics) and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The top three entries in each category will win Amazon gift certificates (1st place: $150; 2nd place: $100; 3rd place: $50).

Symposium Flyer

Schedule of Events

Keynote Lecture on Global Climate Change by Dr. Richard Alley

1pm Dawson Building room D14.

We are greatly honored to have our keynote presentation on global climate change by Dr. Richard Alley who is Penn State Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences and a member of the U.S. Academy of Sciences. He is also a member of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that shared the Nobel Prize with Al Gore. Due to a scheduling conflict, Dr. Alley will be giving his presentation via a video link directly from Washington, DC.

                Symposium Program


Registration will be completed via online form or e-mail. For those students participating, the registration will require a title and abstract of the poster or exhibit. The registration and abstract submission deadline is April 9, 2014.

               Registration for Participation     

Poster Guidelines    

               Instructions for Poster Presentations

Project Evaluation

Each work will be evaluated by THREE judges throughout the day. The following form details the criteria used for judging:            

               Evaluation Form for Poster Presentations

How to Prepare an Abstract

               Structure and Sample Abstract

Directions and Parking

For directions and campus maps, see this page. The poster sessions will be held in the Gallagher Conference Center, the keynote presentation via a video link in Dawson Building room D14, and lunch in the Study Learning Center building. Our campus is small so any parking lot is going to be within a short walking distance to any of these buildings. You may park in any designated parking space marked for students, faculty or visitors, except the ones clearly marked as reserved or handicap unless you qualify for such a space.

Questions and Concerns

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Asif ud-Doula, Assistant Professor of Physics, Penn State Worthington Scranton, at 570-963-2582 or WSRegSymposium@psu.edu