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  • Hundreds of Chicago area undergraduates present their research at CAURS each year.
  • CAURS takes place each year at beautiful venues like Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.
  • CAURS is generously supported by our seven sponsor institutions and numerous corporate donors.
  • The Symposium concludes with an awards ceremony to recognize distinguished student presentations.
  • The Symposium runs smoothly thanks to our team of undergraduate Board members and volunteers.
  • Industry and graduate school representatives host roundtable talks with students during lunch.

The Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium (CAURS) is one of the largest annual undergraduate research conferences in the country, bringing together hundreds of undergraduate students in the Chicagoland area from all academic disciplines to present their research. Through poster presentations, oral presentations, and roundtable discussions, attendees experience the impressive breadth and depth of research being conducted by their peers and have the opportunity to network with other undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and representatives from industry and graduate and professional schools.

This year's Symposium will be held on Saturday, April 9th, at the Museum of Science and Industry.

2016 Awards

Top Poster Presentation
William D. Jones, University of Chicago

Top Oral Presentation
Maxwell Moore, Loyola University Chicago

Top Presenters from Each Sponsor Institution
University of Chicago: Timofey Karginov, Biological Sciences
Illinois Institute of Technology: Wesley Lo, Technology & Math
DePaul University: Uriel Baray, Biological Sciences
Loyola University Chicago: Donna Gawron, Chemistry
Northwestern University: Patrick Liu, Biological Sciences
Roosevelt University: Yekaterina Rousakova, Biological Sciences

Honorable Mentions from Each Discipline
Biological Sciences: Alex Lei Qin, Northwestern University, Anisa Hussain, Loyola University Chicago, Katelyn J. Noronha, Northwestern University, & Abigail C. Leeper, DePaul University
Chemistry: Rachel Torrez, Loyola University Chicago, Kevin T. Zhao, Northwestern University, & Fengwei Zhao, Northwestern University
Physical and Geophysical Sciences (Physics and Environmental Sciences): Melanie Dooley, Illinois Institute of Technology
Humanities and Fine Arts & Social Sciences (Anthropology, Psychology, & Sociology): Meriem Sadoun, Loyola University Chicago, Alexandra Perez-Garcia, University of Chicago, & Nathan M. Vasquez, University of Chicago
Tech (Computer Science, Math, and Engineering): Camille L. Calvin, Northwestern University & Jeong Yun Yang, Northwestern University



2016 Symposium

DATE: Saturday, April 9th, 2016

LOCATION: The Museum of Science and Industry - 5700 S Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, IL 60637

Email a current member of the 2015-2016 Inter-School Board if you have any questions.

2016-2017 Inter-School Board Application - Deadline: Saturday, June 4, 2016

View the 2016 Symposium Abstract Booklet