As part of this course students complete a major research project. You are required to create a poster. You are encouraged to enter your poster in a competition. Competitions you may want to consider include:  Undergraduate Research at the Capitol – Pennsylvania Poster Conference, Undergraduate Exhibition, the HHD Alumni Society Research Poster Competition and the HPA Department Senior Showcase Competition. Information regarding those competitions from this year and last year are listed below.

Note: If you are interested in having me consider nominating your poster to the Undergraduate Research at the Capitol event, please notify me as soon as possible.

 2018 and 2019 Competitions



  • WHAT IS URC-PA? The URC-PA poster Conference is an educational event allowing the undergraduate students enrolled in Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities to showcase their research talents to the Commonwealth’s key decision makers. All fields of research are encouraged. As a participant, you will spend the day in the Pennsylvania Capitol Building, share experiences and ideas with your counterparts from other schools, and enlighten your state legislators on the topics that are important to you and our society.
  • WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING THE URC-PA POSTER CONFERENCE? A typical day in the state capitol entails welcoming remarks from the organizing committee, presentation and display of your research in the Capitol’s East Wing Rotunda, and face-to-face interaction with Pennsylvania’s key decision makers. A detailed agenda will be posted on the website.
  • WHERE IS THE URC-PA POSTER CONFERENCE? The event is held in the East Wing Rotunda located in the Capitol Complex, Harrisburg.
  • HOW DO I PARTICIPATE IN URC-PA? Since the selection process may vary at each school, interested students should check with their institution’s URC-PA contact person to determine the internal process for participation.
  • IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARTICIPANTS: Friday, February 9, 2018 is the date that students must indicate their intention to participate in URC-PA by registering in advance of submitting their abstract. Friday, March 9, 2018 is the abstract deadline. For complete guidelines, details, and a sample abstract, please check the website. Tuesday, April 17, 2018 is the event date. Prior to the event, prepare the poster highlighting the research for display at the Capitol. Remember to bring your poster and a display easel for public viewing the day of the event. Penn State URC-PA


  • Penn State is one of a few select schools, and the only one in the United States, from which students will be accepted to participate in the Northern Hemisphere Summer Research Scholarship Programat the University of Auckland in New Zealand.  Students must have completed two years of full-time study in an undergraduate degree to participate in the program.  The program will award a tax-free stipend of up to NZ$4.400 ( ~US$3075) and a NZ$2000 (~US$1400) towards travel to students selected for participation.
  • Projects for this program are available in the following areas:
    • Architecture and Planning
      • Biomedical Science
      • Chemical and Materials Engineering
      • Civil and Environmental Engineering
      • Clinical Medicine
      • Dance
      • Electrical and Computer Engineering
      • Law
      • Mathematics
      • Mechanical Engineering
      • Music
      • Psychology
      • Public Health
      • Statistics
    • Applications opened on Friday, December 15, 2017 and will close on Monday, February 12, 2018.
    • Contact: 


The 2018 Undergraduate Exhibition

April 18, 201 HUB-Robeson Center, University Park Campus 

See guidelines on canvas

Poster Sessions

5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Alumni and Heritage Halls, Flex Theatre, Freeman Auditorium, Engagement Space, and Art Alley Penn State’s annual Undergraduate Exhibition communicates and celebrates the participation of undergraduate students from across the University in scholarly inquiry, research and creative endeavors. Students from all Penn State campuses are eligible to enter one of three formats for sharing research and creative inquiry in the Undergraduate Exhibition. All sessions of the Undergraduate Exhibition are open to the public.

Undergraduate Exhibition Presentation Guidelines and Criteria – coming soon.


Students may present their research or creative work in one of three formats:

  • Poster Presentation —traditional research poster
    • Performance—Limited to 5 minutes
    • Oral Presentation (1 slide/visual, 5 minutes)—students will present their research/creative work in 5 minutes using 1 PowerPoint slide or 1 visual display (i.e. an original piece of visual art)

    Entries will be accepted February 12-March 28, 2018

    Questions about the Undergraduate Exhibition may be directed to Alan Rieck, Assistant Vice President and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education, at 814-863-1864 or


2018 Penn State-Pittsburgh Undergraduate Research Symposium in Global Studies

Apr 06, 2018
09:00 AM to 03:00 PM The Nittany Lion Inn, State College, PA

Abstracts due: March 2, 2018

Final papers due: March 28, 2018

More information:

CGS Thesis 

Deadline for application: April 9, 2018 5:00pm

Call For Applications


Penn State’s Center for Global Studies will award four prizes of $500 each year to students who have completed commendable thesis projects that advance a global perspective. These awards are intended not only to recognize the excellent work of students who combine studies in the Liberal Arts with a concern for global issues, but also to encourage these students in continuing their contributions to the field of global studies.


To apply or learn more, please visit:


2018 Eberly College of Science
Fall Undergraduate Poster Exhibition

(Keep this in mind for next year)

Present your research! Register Here.

Fall 2016 Poster Exhibition

Not a researcher yet?

Come learn how to get involved in research and see what other students are doing!
Poster Exhibition: Tuesday, September 25th 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Willaman Gateway to the Sciences (3rd Floor Bridge, Life Sciences Building)
Open to the Public
Presenters Register by: Monday, September 10 at 8 am
Register to Present

Students from across Penn State compete in Global Health Case Competition
Teams create solutions for worldwide health issues

March 27, 2018
HERSHEY, Pa. — Students from the Penn State College of Medicine, Dickinson Law and the University Park campus participated for the first time in the 2018 International Emory Global Health Case Competition, held March 16-17 in Atlanta. The international competition brought together groups from 24 universities to address worldwide health issues and develop innovative solutions for improving global health systems.

The team, comprised of both graduate and undergraduate students, included Nirmal Ahuja, Alyssa Brandt, Bryan Caffrey, Mallory Hidinger and Madison Taylor. Host Emory University won this year’s competition, which focused on containing a disease outbreak during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

“These are exactly the type of global health problems I hope to be solving in my career someday,” said Taylor, a biology student at Penn State.

Kristin Sznajder, assistant professor of the Department of Public Health Sciences and associate director of International Initiatives, and Wenke Hwang, associate professor and director of the Master of Public Health program, mentored the team.

The hands-on competition proved to be a unique learning experience for students and granted them the opportunity to collaborate.

“This was the best learning experience I have had as a medical student,” said Brandt. “I was challenged by my teammates to expand my perspective on public health law, infrastructure and education.”

“I was able to practically apply the foundational framework I have learned throughout my time at Penn State,” added Hidinger, a master of public health student. “I was inspired by the work of my team and the innovation among the other emerging public health professionals.”

Because of the teammates’ diverse academic backgrounds, everyone contributed their expertise toward a comprehensive approach to problem-solving.

“My eyes have been open to a field that remains foreign to most law students,” said Caffrey, a student at Dickinson Law. “The support of the advisory faculty and working with my teammates contributed so much to making this an opportunity for tremendous personal growth.”

Hwang said it was a challenge to put together an inter-professional and geographically dispersed team across Penn State campuses. “These students made it all work,” he said. “They showed the highest level of commitment through hard work and professionalism.”

Studying abroad is an amazing experience that is often hard to explain in words. Celebrate and share your global experience by entering the best photos you snapped while studying abroad into our annual photo contest. Check out the past Photo Contest Winners on our Penn State Education Abroad Facebook photo contest album for some inspiration.

The Global Programs Photo Contest is an annual event that takes place during the Fall semester.
The 2018 contest opens for submissions on September 4, 2018, but you can check out the categories in advance and snap away with one or more categories in mind.
This contest is open to all current Penn State students who studied abroad through a Penn State program during the 2017-2018 academic year (Fall 2017, Spring 2018, or Summer 2018).
Winning photos will be featured at the Education Abroad Fair on October 17, 2018 at 11 AM – 4 PM in HUB Alumni Hall, University Park. Winning photos also be featured on our websites and in future promotions and publications.
Photos must be submitted from your Penn State email address. Submissions from an email address other than your Penn State email account will not be considered.

Submit up to five (5) photos maximum per student. There is a limit of one photo per student per category.

We Are Abroad: Photos of Penn State students abroad (wearing Penn State apparel is a bonus!)
Global Classroom: Photos of class activities or field trips
When in Rome: Photos of urban life, street scenes, or local culture
Nature’s Beauty: Photos highlighting the natural beauty of your host culture’s landscape
My Study Abroad: Photos capturing a personally meaningful or transformative moment

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