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Undergraduate Research

East Tennessee State University

Presenting Your Work





The opportunity to present your research in a professional, public setting is the ultimate outcome of a research project. 

We encourage all students participating in undergraduate research at ETSU to present their results.  If you are in a designated Honors program at ETSU, presentation of your Senior Honors Thesis at a public and publicized event is a requirement of your program.  

There are many venues for presentation, and the following represents some of the possibilities:

  • A Seminar announced by the Department.

  • Undergraduate Research Symposium:  The Boland Symposium is sponsored by The Honors College and open to all undergraduate students who wish to give an oral presentation of their research prospectus, preliminary results, on-going studies, or final results. This Symposium is intended to provide undergraduates the opportunity to discuss and receive feedback and ideas from others.  

  • Appalachian Student Research Forum:  The Forum at ETSU enables undergraduate students to present research results in a poster.

  • SoCon Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF):  This annual Forum event in the fall semester enables students to share their research and creative activities alongside peers from the 10 institutions comprising the SoCon athletic conference.  The link leads to a page with more information and an application to represent ETSU at SURF.
  • A national undergraduate research forum (e.g., National Conference on Undergraduate Research).

  • A regional, national or international professional meeting in your field.

Undergraduates with presentations that have been accepted at a regional, national, or international professional conference can apply for a Travel Grant from the Honors College to help support attendance at the meeting.  


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Richard Ignace

Director of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities



Pursue your passion.


To promote and advance the sciences, humanities, and arts by engaging and supporting undergraduates in research.


To make undergraduate research an integral part of the university experience at ETSU.


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