research-and-creativity-symposium-headerThe annual UWL Research & Creativity Symposium, formerly the Celebration of Student Research & Creativity and Faculty Research Day, is designed to give UWL researchers (undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff) the opportunity to present their work through oral presentations, poster displays,  exhibits, and artistic works. The event highlights research and creativity accomplishments of the campus community and the important role faculty and academic staff play as mentors in the scholarly activity process. The UWL Research & Creativity Symposium, ReCS, encourages dissemination of scholarly work results from all disciplines represented in the UWL academic community.

Save the date - ReCS 2022 will be Friday, May 6!

The 3rd Annual Research & Creativity Symposium was held April 23, 2021.

Meet us online for over 130 poster, oral, and exhibit presentations by undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff. Presentations will be from 8:50 am to 1:00 pm, but the course will be available from 8 am to 3 pm.

Abstract book (final version)

Planning to attend?

No need to register. All UWL community members will receive an email with a link to the event, which will be held in Canvas. Reach out to if you need access.

Submitting your abstract expanding section

Abstracts for the 2021 Research & Creativity Symposium will be accepted February 1 - March 15. Please contact URC at or 608.785.8040 with any questions.

Presenters, before you take the survey, have the following information available:

  • Names and UWL email addresses for your co-presenter(s)
  • Names and UWL email addresses (or institutional affiliation, for non-UWL individuals) for your co-author(s)
  • Names and UWL email addresses (or institutional affiliation, for non-UWL individuals) for your mentor(s)
  • Funding sources, if any, for your project (Students - talk to your faculty mentor about this before beginning the survey.)
  • Presentation title
  • Abstract (recommended 200 word limit, absolute 1500 character limit including spaces)
  • Presentation style and format combination: see details under that heading.
    • Presentation style: asynchronous or synchronous
    • Presentation format: poster, oral, or visual arts / exhibit
  • Presentation sessions will be 55 minutes - you will need to choose at least 1 session option.
    • Session A - 8:50 am - 9:45 am
    • Session B - 9:55 am - 10:50 am
    • Session C - 11:00 am - 11:55 am
    • Session D - 12:05 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Note: the Symposium will be open from 8 am to 4 pm, but you will only need to be available for your assigned time.

After your registration is complete, you should receive an email with a summary of your responses. Review it carefully and submit any changes to

Presentation Styles and Formats expanding section

These guidelines will give you specific details about how to format your oral or poster presentation at the UWL Research & Creativity Symposium, as well as some general ideas to think about in preparing any presentation of your work. With the event being virtual, you will have the following presentation choices:

  • Asynchronous presentations (Q&A written in Canvas):
    • Poster presentations will be a PowerPoint slide or single-page pdf with an audio file.
    • Oral presentations will be a link to a video that you have created.
    • Exhibits will be a link to a website or video that you have created.
  • Synchronous presentations (Q&A in the virtual room):
    • Oral presentations will be in your virtual meeting room in Zoom or Collaborate Ultra. 
    • Exhibits will be in your virtual meeting room in Zoom or Collaborate Ultra.

We will be contacting you for your posters, website links, and meeting room links beginning in early April with them due no later than Monday, April 19.

Eligibility to Present expanding section

All UWL community members - students, faculty, and staff - engaged in collaborative or independent research or creative activity are eligible to present. Participants in all disciplines are welcome. The project does not have to be funded by a UWL faculty, staff, or student grant in order to be presented at the Research & Creativity Symposium (ReCS).

Past and Future Celebrations expanding section

The UWL Research & Creativity Symposium, ReCS, is held in the Student Union. The dates for past and upcoming symposia are listed below:

2022 - 4th annual ReCS - Friday, May 6, 2022

Past programs:

2021 - 3rd annual ReCS - Friday, April 23, 2021 - online

2020 - 2nd annual ReCS - online

2019 - 1st annual ReCS 

Prior to 2019, this event was two separate events: the Celebration of Student Research & Creativity and Faculty Research Day.

Previous years' Celebration and Faculty Research Day publications are archived on their own webpages.

Example Course Assignments expanding section

If you will be sending students to the Research & Creativity Symposium and want them to complete an assignment related to the presentations, we have several examples available