Annual WMF Research Symposium

Annual WMF Research Symposium

2020 WISER|MURE|FURP Research Symposium


Day: Wednesday, November 11th, 2020
Time: 7:00PM to ~9:00PM (a talk schedule will be sent with the zoom link)
Location: Zoom link to be provided via email
Registering for the event: Please register by October 23rd using this link  *students will be asked to provide a tentative lightning talk title (can be changed later).


We will be holding the third annual WISER/MURE/FURP Undergraduate Research Symposium this fall. This is a great opportunity for students to showcase their research, interact with faculty, staff, and other program participants, and hear a keynote talk from a past program participant.

This year, we will adopt a virtual format for student presentations. We ask that students prepare a lightning talk on their research. What is a lightning talk? A lightning talk is a short presentation that highlights a research project. For the symposium students should prepare ~2-3 Power Point slides that will be presented via zoom (live) with a 2 minute time limit. Following a group of student talks, we will have a short question/answer session. We understand that many students are still in the infancy of research due to setbacks this spring. Therefore, the talks should focus on providing short concise statements on research questions and their importance, methods, and what a students is working on now or any preliminary results.

How do you make a lightning talk? On November 5th, 2020 (7-7:45pm; zoom link will be emailed to students) Space Grant will host a virtual workshop on how to organize, create, and present a lightning talk. Students are asked to prepare a ‘rough draft’ of slides prior to the workshop. Following the workshop students will complete their talks and practice to ensure the length fits within the strict time limit. Note: all talks need to be uploaded to a folder (we will provide a link via email) a few days prior to the event so that we can organize in preparation for the symposium.


Questions? Please reach out to Erin DiMaggio ( or Allison Beese (

Photos from the 2018 WISER|MURE|FURP Research Symposium