Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity

2019 Symposium Students Talking

The 2021 Symposium will be held online in mid-April. The submission form will open in early December with a February 12 deadline.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Symposium took place online April 13-14.  More than 100 undergraduates from nine schools and colleges shared their research and creative projects. The complete program can be found below. Presentations will remain available for online viewing and commenting. For access to the Symposium website, please email

2020 Symposium Program

The Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity (formerly TURF-CreWS) provides ambitious, intellectually motivated undergraduate students the opportunity to present and defend their original research or creative work among peers, faculty, family, and friends. Through its emphasis on original research and creative work, the Symposium seeks to inspire undergraduate students to analyze, critique, and engage with the world around them.

We welcome research or creative work from every discipline. Symposium participation is on a competitive basis.


  • Current full-time undergraduates from all Temple schools and colleges.
  • Work on the research or creative project must be complete at the time of submission.
  • Work must be endorsed by a Temple faculty member.
  • Students may submit multiple projects. However, if more than one project is accepted, the student will have to choose which project they will present.
  • The Symposium is a celebration of a community of scholars and artists. Presenters are strongly encouraged to attend the full day to support and learn from each other.

Past Symposium Programs

How to Apply

Proposals may be submitted by completing the online application below.  

Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity Application

*CLA Applicants should review the CLA abstract guidelines prior to submission. 

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the appropriate school/college coordinator listed below.

If you have general questions about the Symposium, please email:

Event Contacts:

Kerry Milch
Assistant Director for Undergraduate Enrichment
Undergraduate Studies

Emily Moerer
Associate Vice Provost
Undergraduate Studies

Symposium School and College Coordinators (Spring 2020)

Contact the appropriate school/college coordinator for questions regarding the application process.

Boyer College of Music and Dance Edward Flanagan
College of Education Julie Booth
College of Engineering Shawn Fagan
College of Liberal Arts Sonja Peterson-Lewis, Amari Johnson
College of Public Health David Sarwer
College of Science and Technology Michael Zdilla
Fox School of Business Curtis Gregory, Misty Blessley
Klein College of Media and Communication Scott Gratson
School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management Heather Blackburn
School of Theater, Film and Media Arts Lindsay Goss
Tyler School of Art and Architecture Chad Curtis