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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 six sponsor institutions and numerous corporate donors.
  • 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.

This year's Symposium will be held on Saturday, April 11th, at the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center.

2014 Awards

Top Poster Presentation
Kimberly Huynh, Northwestern University

Top Oral Presentation
Andrew Rowberg, Northwestern University

Top Presenters from Each Discipline
Biological Sciences: Leanne Friedrich, Northwestern University
Chemistry: Maya Navarro and Stephanie Pacheco, DePaul University
Math, Computer Sciences, Engineering, and Physics: Kimberly Huynh, Northwestern University
Sociology, Anthropology, and Psychology: Natalie Stepien, Univeristy Of Chicago
Humanities, Fine Arts, Political Science, and History: Claire Dillon, Northwestern University

Top Presenters from Each Sponsor Institution
The University of Chicago: Natalie Stepien, Social Sciences
Illinois Institute of Technology: Barrett Leslie, Physical Sciences
DePaul University: Amanda Henderson, Physical Sciences
Loyola University Chicago: Alex Gilman, Physical Sciences
Northwestern University: Kimberly Huynh, Physical Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago: Kevin Shi, Social Sciences

Faculty Support of Undergraduate Research Award
Dr. John Zasadzinski, Illinois Institute of Technology

2015 Symposium

DATE: April 11th, 2015

LOCATION: Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center - 303 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611

Email a current member of the 2014-2015 Inter-School Board if you have any questions.

View the 2014 Symposium Abstract Booklet.