2020 Undergraduate Arts & Research Showcase

The university-wide Undergraduate Arts & Research Showcase provides an opportunity for undergraduates to share their expertise with the larger university community. Starting this year, the Celebration of Student Writing, hosted by the Composition Department, will be joining the Undergraduate Arts & Research Showcase. This joint exhibition will showcase the variety of academic work that our undergraduate students are doing across the university. We encourage participation from all colleges and departments.

New this year:

  • Refreshments
  • Awards for outstanding presentations in a wide variety of categories
  • Multiple formats - posters, tables for community engagement or other presentations, small tables for digital presentations
  • Writing contest
  • Extension of the showcase to the Ekstrom Library with creative readings, student-led panels and round-tables (for the Celebration of Student Writing)
To participate, submit an abstract as described in the Application Form below. All undergraduate student applicants are required to provide the name of a sponsoring faculty member who will receive notice of your submission. If you wish to be included in judged competition  (this is not required), you are expected to be present at your display/poster the entire time from 12-2 pm on Wednesday, April 15. Only one presentation per student permitted.

Only currently enrolled UofL undergraduate students are eligible to participate. Students must have the approval of a faculty member who will be sponsoring their presentation.

2020 Showcase - SAVE THE DATE

WHEN: April 15, 2020
12 - 2 p.m.

WHERE: SAC Ballroom

ABSTRACTS DUE: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by 5 p.m.


Graduate Student Volunteer Judge, if you are a Graduate Student and interested is serving as a judge please complete this form.



Showcase participants gain valuable experience in oral and graphic presentation. Students can include their presentations on resumes and graduate school applications. The Showcase includes projects from all disciplines, allowing students to learn from each other about a broad range of exciting research topics.

Humanities, Arts, and Creative Posters.

While poster sessions have been a long-standing and valued method of presentation in the sciences and social sciences, they are relatively new to the humanities, arts, and creative disciplines.  The process is similar, however.  For critical and research papers, presenters follow the research processes and procedures in their disciplines, and then summarize their work for the poster which would include their argument, their method, their conclusions, and any other relevant background information.

For the arts and creative posters, presenters would include samples of their work such as a poem, a sample set design, or an excerpt from their short story or play. The poster would also include some discussion of the particular method the presenter used, any historical context, or other relevant information. 

As with all posters, readers should understand the presenter’s project even when the presenter is not present.  Also, remember all posters have three main points:

  • To illustrate your project as you describe it to listeners when you are present
  • To provide a basic introduction to your work when you are not present
  • To spark interest in your project and make viewers want to learn more.

Here is a helpful link on posters in the humanities, arts, and creative disciplines:



Instructions for MANDATORY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION for Abstracts and Poster Presentation Information - Coming Soon!

Helpful Information About Making Posters




Photos of the April 11, 2017 Undergraduate Research and Community Engagement Symposium