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.

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

Meet us in person and/or online on 180 poster, oral, and exhibit presentations by undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff.

The ReCS 2020 abstract book.

Planning to attend?

No need to register. UWL community members should have received an email with a link to the event. Reach out to if you need access.

Submitting your abstract expanding section

Abstracts for the 2020 Research & Creativity Symposium will be accepted January 27th - March 16th. 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 format (poster, oral, or visual arts / exhibit) and the time you want to present. See the 2 bullet points below for your time options, which will follow the class timetable.
  • Poster and visual arts / exhibit 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
  • Oral sessions will be 25 minutes with start times of 8:50, 9:20, 9:55, 10:25, 11:00, 11:30, 12:05, and 12:35. You must choose at least 3 scheduling options.

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

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).

Presentation Guidelines 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.

  • Oral presentations are 25 minutes long (20 minute presentation followed by 5 minutes for Q&A)
  • Posters can be up to 42" wide
  • Exhibits can be displayed on an easel or table; let us know your needs
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:

2021 -3rd annual ReCS - TBA 

Past programs:

2020 - 2nd annual ReCS

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