Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium

Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium (SURS)

July 25, 2019 in the Kennedy Union Ballroom

The goal of the one-day Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium (SURS) is to exhibit the quality and breadth of undergraduate research in science and engineering at the University of Dayton. The symposium includes guest plenary speaker Fred Tenover, Distinguished Alumnus; Vice President of Scientific Affairs at Cepheid, as well as student presentations and a poster session. Breakfast and lunch sessions provide an opportunity for networking with peers. 

The ability to communicate scientific ideas and results to a broad range of audiences is a necessary skill for scientists and engineers. Presenting research results in a formal setting, whether through oral presentations or posters, is a constructive experience for budding researchers, and it helps to build students’ communication skills and prepare them for careers in the sciences.

The symposium committee accepts submissions from any students doing research in the sciences at the University of Dayton or the University of Dayton Research Institute. This includes students from the science departments in the College of Arts and Science – Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology, and Computer Science - as well as students from the School of Engineering. Students submit 250 word abstracts through a submission website. 

Registration and abstract submissions

The abstract submission deadline is July 17, 2019. Non-cash awards valued at $100 are presented for three oral presentations and three posters. Registration/submission is free.

Visit the registration site from the link below and create an EasyChair account to submit your abstract. Please note that there is no preprint to submit for SURS 2019. After creating an Easychair account and logging in, go to the submission link again and then click on the link to enter as an author. Fill out the requested information to submit an abstract.

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Schedule of Events
July 10: Abstracts due
July 25: Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • 8 to 8:30 a.m., Breakfast Mixer
  • 8:30 to 8:45 a.m., Opening Remark
  • 8:45 to 9:45 a.m., Plenary Session: Dr. Fred Tenover, Distinguished Alumnus; Vice President of Scientific Affairs at Cepheid, presents "Will antibiotics still work in the future?"
  • 9:45 to 10 a.m., Break
  • 10 to 11:30 a.m., Oral Presentations
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lunch and Poster Session
  • 1 to 3:45 p.m., CoRPs Oral Presentations
  • 3:45 to 4 p.m., Closing Remarks
Planning Committee
  • Doug Daniels, Executive Director, Integrative Science and Engineering Center, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Judy Grant, Graduate Studies Program Coordinator, School of Engineering
  • Jay Mathews, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Phu Phung, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Margie Pinnell, Associate Dean for Faculty and Staff Development, School of Engineering
  • Robert Wilkens, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, School of Engineering


Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

This undergraduate experience is an initiative of the School of Engineering.

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ISE Summer Collaborative Research Project

The Integrative Science and Engineering Center is a part of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Physics Summer Research Group

A program of the Department of Physics, in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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