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  • Hundreds of Chicago area undergraduates present their research at CAURS each year.
  • CAURS takes place each year at beautiful venues like Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.
  • CAURS is generously supported by our seven partner institutions and corporate sponsors.
  • The Symposium concludes with an awards ceremony to recognize distinguished student presentations.
  • The Symposium runs smoothly thanks to our team of undergraduate Board members and volunteers.
  • Industry and graduate school representatives host roundtable talks with students during lunch.

The Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium (CAURS) is one of the largest annual undergraduate research conferences in the country, bringing together hundreds of undergraduate students in the Chicagoland area from all academic disciplines to present their research. Through poster presentations, oral presentations, and roundtable discussions, attendees experience the impressive breadth and depth of research being conducted by their peers and have the opportunity to network with other undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and representatives from industry and graduate and professional schools.

The 2017 Symposium was held on Saturday, April 29th, in Roosevelt University's historic Auditorium Building.

2017 Awards

Top Poster Presentation
Nicholas Bulthuis, Biological Sciences, Loyola University Chicago

Top Oral Presentation
Samuel Veroneau, Chemistry, University of Chicago

Outstanding Poster Presentations
Biological Sciences: Fidak Khan, Northwestern; Mervenaz Koska, University of Chicago; Oliver Zhu, University of Chicago
Chemistry: Raymond Dai, Northwestern; Mary Hawgood, IIT
Physics, Environmental & Geophysical Sciences: Sarah Hamilton, IIT
Engineering, Math & Computer Science: Jacob Heggestad, Northwestern
Psychology: Anum Afzal, Loyola
Humanities & Social Sciences: Lavada Smith, Roosevelt

Outstanding Oral Presentations
Catherine Montgomery, Psychology, Loyola; Sarah Permut, Sociology & Anthropology, Northwestern

Honorable Mention Poster Presentations
Biological Sciences: Aislinn Davis, IIT; Anissa Hussain, Loyola; Rebecca Fudge, Northwestern
Chemistry: Sarah Benton, Northwestern; Zer Keen Chia, Northwestern
Physics, Environmental & Geophysical Sciences: Molly Wolfson, University of Chicago
Engineering, Math & Computer Science: Merjem Mededovic, IIT
Psychology: Chelsea Rapoport, University of Chicago
Humanities & Social Sciences: Silvia Valadez, Loyola



CAURS 2017

DATE: Saturday, April 29th, 2017 9:00AM-5:00PM

LOCATION: Roosevelt University - 430 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL

Registration is now closed. Email a current member of the 2016-2017 Inter-School Board if you have any questions. If you would like to apply to join the 2017-2018 Inter-School Board, please apply here.



Abstract Guidelines
Poster Presentation Guidelines
Oral Presentation Guidelines
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