What is RURS?

RURS is a yearly research symposium hosted on campus. RURS is open to undergraduates in all disciplines who would like to present research, design, or creative work produced on or off campus. Participants present their research via poster or oral presentation and receive feedback from faculty, community leaders, and graduate students.

RURS will be held on April 15, 2020

Who can participate in RURS?

RURS is open to any undergraduate who would like to present research. The research can be in any major in one of the following disciplines: Engineering, Humanities, Natural Sciences, or Social Sciences. Most students present a poster, but for those projects where a poster is not an appropriate presentation method, you have the option to do a ten minute oral presentation. For more information visit the Presentation Guidelines and Workshops page.

Why should I participate in RURS?

RURS is an opportunity to gain valuable experience in presenting your research and learning how to communicate your interests to a range of audiences. You will also receive feedback on your research and presentation from faculty, community leaders, and graduate students. This is especially an amazing opportunity for students to share all of their hard work to broader audiences.

How to do I sign up?

You can sign up by going to our Registration page before March 13, 2020 at 11:59 PM. You will be asked to submit a project title, abstract, and contact information for your research mentor.

Can I present research conducted with a faculty member from an outside university?

Yes, as long as the research was conducted sometime between May of the previous year and this April.

Are there dimension requirements for my poster?

Yes, your poster, including any borders, attachments, or other associated elements, may not be larger than 3 feet tall by 4 feet wide.

My research is in humanities and does not make sense as a poster presentation. Can I still participate in RURS?

Yes, you can! RURS offers an oral presentation option for projects. Students will present for 8 minutes and field questions from a panel of judges for 5 minutes. Find more information on our Presentation Guidelines and Workshops page.

My research is in the early stages. Can I still participate?

It depends. By the time of the symposium you should have at least preliminary results. While your abstract may only present hypothetical results, judges will expect to see some conclusion to your project during your presentation. If your project will not meet this requirement, then we look forward to learning about your research at the RURS 2021 event!

I don’t know how to begin my abstract. Who can I speak to for help?

We offer abstract and poster workshops leading up to the symposium. Dates and times will be announced both on this website and through other forms of advertisement. Please visit the Presentation Guidelines and Workshops page for more information.

Will I automatically be accepted to participate in RURS?

You will be accepted as long as your research mentor approves your abstract. Once you submit, your mentor will receive an email asking them to approve the abstract. Please consult your mentor in advance of the abstract deadline to ensure that it will be accepted.

Why does my mentor need to approve the abstract in order for me to participate?

Since the abstracts will be published, it is important that your mentor is aware of the content and that unpublished results are not disseminated prematurely. Please consult your mentor in advance to ensure that your abstract will be accepted.

Can I revise my abstract after submission? What if there have been major developments in my research?

You will not be able to revise your abstract after submission. Because of printing deadlines related to the abstract book, we will not be able to incorporate revisions. You should, however, present your most current results at the symposium.

Can I submit two or more research projects?

You can submit two projects only if one is an individual project and one is a group project. You may not submit more than one individual project.

Can I invite family, friends, or other faculty to RURS?

Yes! The more the merrier.

What should I wear to RURS?

You should dress in business formal. Think suits.

I’m a Rice student who isn’t presenting at RURS. Should I attend the symposium?

Yes! RURS is a great chance to see different research opportunities available on campus while supporting your friends. Come learn about conducting research at Rice! There are also opportunities to volunteer at the event, email for more information on volunteer opportunities.