Illinois State University will hold the annual University Research Symposium on Friday, March 31, on the concourse of Redbird Arena. It is the first time the symposium has been held in the arena in its 27-year-history.

The symposium is a university-wide showcase of research, scholarship, and creative endeavors. The event will include poster displays at Redbird Arena, and department-based oral and panel presentations across campus.

The event is free and open to the public. The Graduate School sponsors this annual event.

Photo of a student explaining research at the University Research Symposium.

A student explains his research to a visitor at the University Research Symposium.

More than 400 students from 30 departments are scheduled to participate in the symposium, which encourages cross-disciplinary association and focuses on communicating research, scholarship, and creative endeavors to the public. Students will be presenting in two poster sessions at Redbird Arena. There are 152 entries in the morning session, 9 -11 a.m., and 167 entries in the afternoon session, 1-3 p.m. Each session will include a different mix of graduate and undergraduate students who will present and discuss their scholarly works.

As part of the symposium, oral and panel presentations of student work will be hosted in locations across the university campus:

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology will host a panel presentation from 1–3 p.m. in Schroeder Hall, room 214.

The Department of Physics will host oral presentations prepared by 26 students from 8–10 a.m. in Moulton Hall, room 210, and from 11 a.m.-noon and 1- 5 p.m. in Moulton Hall, room 309.

The School of Theatre and Dance will host oral presentations from 1–2 p.m. in Centennial West, room 207.

Participants can experience the University Research Symposium on iPhones or Android phones with the Illinois State University App. Download the official Illinois State University App for free from the App Store or Google Play and search for the Research Symposium guide for complete lists of presenters in each session, oral/panel locations/times, maps, visitor/presenter information, and more.

A complete listing of abstracts for the topics to be presented can be found online at the Graduate School website.