Presenting your work gives you an opportunity to share your research findings, receive valuable feedback on your work, and contribute to the scholarly conversation.
April 14 - 16, 2021
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this year's Undergraduate Exhibition will be held virtually. It will take place from noon on April 14 through 5 PM on April 16. Due to concerns over intellectual property rights, presentations will only be available for viewing during this window of time.
Penn State's annual Undergraduate Exhibition communicates and celebrates the participation of undergraduate students from across the University in scholarly inquiry, research, and creative endeavors.
Undergraduates from all Penn State campuses are eligible to enter one of four formats for sharing research and creative inquiry:
- Undergraduate Exhibition for Research, Inquiry, and Creative Activity
- Traditional research poster
- Oral research presentation – five-minute presentation for disciplines or projects for which traditional research posters are not traditionally used (e.g., an original piece of visual art)
- Performance – five-minute performance (e.g., music; writing or poetry reading; dance, theatre)
- Engagement Experience Poster Exhibition
- Posters highlighting and reflecting on student engagement achievements (NOT a research poster)
In addition to the Undergraduate Exhibition at University Park, exhibitions and research fairs are regularly hosted across the Commonwealth. Please see our Getting Help section for campus-specific resources.
Applications for the Undergraduate and Engagement Experience Exhibitions are submitted through InfoReady. Applications for the Undergraduate Exhibition for Research, Inquiry, Creative Activity, and Engagement Experiences are submitted here.
Questions about the Undergraduate and Engagement Experience Exhibitions should be directed to Alan Rieck, associate vice president and associate dean for undergraduate education, at 814-863-1864 or email@example.com.
Gerard A. Hauser Award
The Gerald A. Hauser Award is given to the exhibition entry judged to be the best overall. Named in honor of a former director of Penn State's honors program, it is accompanied by a $500 prize.
First, second, and third place is awarded in each of the Exhibition’s entry categories, including arts and humanities, course-based projects, engineering, health and life sciences, physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and oral presentations and performances.
Peter T. Luckie Award for Outstanding Juniors
The Peter T. Luckie Award for Outstanding Juniors is sponsored by the Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Mentoring office and the Penn State Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. The award recognizes an outstanding junior entry in each of the three following areas: health and life sciences, humanities and social sciences, and physical sciences and engineering. Each award is accompanied by a $200 prize.
Information about the Penn State chapter may be found at www.phikappaphi.psu.edu.
University Libraries' John Sr. and Kimlyn Patishnock Undergraduate Research Award: Excellence in Information Literacy
The University Libraries' John Sr. and Kimlyn Patishnock Undergraduate Research Award: Excellence in Information Literacy recognizes scholarly work based on a foundation of careful background research and literature review. The award is given to entries that demonstrate excellence in information literacy through the following: showcasing your research process and strategies; selection of sources that contribute to your argument and ideas; social, ethical, or economic considerations in accessing information; and credit and proper citation for any quotes, tables, graphs, images, and other content displayed.