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UWL Research & Creativity Symposium

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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.

ReCS 2025 will be Friday, May 2! 

Meet us at the Bluffs, 2nd floor of the Student Union, for over 250 poster and oral presentations by undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff. Presentations will be from 7:45 am to 1:00 pm.

New for 2024: Due to increased engagement over the last two years, we are adding an extra poster session! This session will run from 7:45-8:40am.

Presenter registration will open on January 27, 2025.

The 2024 abstract book is published below.

2024 ReCS Abstract Book

Planning to attend?

No need to register. Reach out to with any questions.

Research & Creativity Symposium information

Submitting your abstract

Abstracts for the 2024 Research & Creativity Symposium will be accepted January 22 - March 11. Please contact SRCEL 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
  • Presentation needs (visual arts / exhibits only): options include electrical outlets, easels of different sizes, and floor space.
  • Presentation sessions will be 55 minutes for poster presentations and visual arts/exhibits - you will need to choose at least 1 session option.
    • Session A - 7:45 am - 8:40 am (new for 2024!)
    • Session B - 8:50 am - 9:45 am
    • Session C - 9:55 am - 10:50 am
    • Session D - 11:00 am - 11:55 am
    • Session E - 12:05 pm - 1:00 pm 
  • Presentation sessions will be 25 minutes for oral presentations - you will need to choose at least 3 session options:
    • 8:50 am to 9:15 am
    • 9:20 am to 9:45 am
    • 9:55 am to 10:20 am
    • 10:25 am to 10:50 am
    • 11:00 am to 11:25 am
    • 11:30 am to 11:55 am
    • 12:05 pm to 12:30 pm
    • 12:35 pm to 1:00 pm

After your registration is complete, you should receive an email with a summary of your responses. Review it carefully and submit any changes to Contact SRCEL if you do not receive a verification email.

Presentation Guidance

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.

Eligibility to Present

All UWL community members - students, faculty, and staff - engaged in collaborative or independent research or creative activity are eligible to present. Recently graduated seniors (December 2023) are also eligible. Participants of 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

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

2024 - 6th annual ReCS - Friday, May 3, 2024

Past programs:

2023 - 5th annual ReCS

2022 - 4th annual ReCS

2021 - 3rd annual ReCS - 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

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

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