RURS FAQs

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 21, 2021 virtually on the Symposium platform by ForagerOne. Event access will be available on the RURS website.

How will virtual RURS 2021 run?

Virtual RURS will be hosted on the Symposium platform by ForagerOne. Presenters will be able to present their research live in designated virtual meeting rooms, interact with judges and attendees, and have their research presentation materials viewable by the Rice community. For presenters who are unable to attend live, on Symposium you will be able to share both your presentation materials and recorded presentation video, interacting with judges and attendees through the comments section on your personal presentation page.

All RURS presenters must first complete the registration form by March 25th and then the materials submission form by April 19th (submission forms will be emailed to registrants on March 29th).

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 an eight 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 25, 2021 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. For RURS 2021, posters will be uploaded on the event hosting platform, Symposium, as a PDF.

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?

Absolutely. For early stage research projects we recommend presenters enter as a "non-competitive" entrant. Presenting at RURS is a valuable way to practice your research communication skills, receive helpful feedback from judges and attendees about your ongoing work, and connect with the broader community of undergraduate researchers at Rice.

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. Please visit the Presentation Guidelines and Workshops page for more information on dates and time.

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. For RURS 2021, all presenters will be required to upload their presentation materials to the hosting platform, Symposium, by 11:59 a.m. on April 19, 2021. Registrants will receive the submission form link on March 29, 2021.

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.

How do I upload my presentation materials to Symposium?

We will be creating a tutorial video for uploading materials and make it available here. Check back soon!

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. 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. The virtual event will be made public. Participants can share the event URL with family, friends, and mentors.

What should I wear to RURS?

You should dress in business formal. Think suits. This includes asynchronous presenters who will be pre-recording their presentation. Be mindful of your attire and video background for your recording.

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

Yes! RURS is a great chance to see and learn about different research opportunities available on campus while supporting your friends, and celebrating the achievements of your peers.