Program – UROP Symposium


Humanizing Research: The Quest for Authentic Action

Dear Students, Research Mentors, and Guests:

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 2023 UROP Summer Research Symposium.  Today’s presentations showcase the rich collaboration between students and researchers from across campus, representing diverse fields and scholarly inquiry.  Our fellowship programs give students the opportunity to get a glimpse of what it is like to be a full time researcher and to focus on a research project intensively without distractions of classes.  Through UROP, the best elements of the university—its global reputation for groundbreaking research; the intellectual quality of its students; the dedication of faculty and staff—come together to create a growth experience for all involved.  Our summer fellows have spent the past 10 weeks conducting research in collaboration with faculty, research scientists, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students from across campus.   Today’s presenters are participants in the following UROP Summer Research Fellowship Programs:

Biomedical and Life Sciences Research Fellowship Program

Engineering Research Fellowship Program

Genentech Research Fellowship Program

Michigan Community College Research Fellowship Program

Stamps Scholars Program 

Women and Gender Research Fellowship Program

Research is a life-long appreciation for discovery, building understanding across differences, and critically examining information in the world.  Today’s event recognizes undergraduate researchers as partners in uncovering new knowledge and we celebrate them. Thank you mentors for investing in our students’ training and education as future scholars and researchers. You gave our students the opportunity to explore and you provided a safe and flexible environment for them to think outside the box. On behalf of the UROP staff and students, we deeply appreciate all of you!

Thank you to an incredible UROP staff! The UROP team contributes so much of their time and effort to ensure excellence. In order for a program to be successful, it requires a great team of professionals who have a shared responsibility and believe in the mission and vision of their work.  Deep gratitude to all of you! Lastly, we would like to thank our individual and corporate donors whose generous support makes our summer fellowship programs possible.  


Michelle D. Ferrez, Ed.D. 

Director, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program 

Symposium Schedule 

The 2023 UROP Annual Summer Research Symposium is held in the Michigan League. Poster presentations are located in the League’s Ballroom on the second floor. Oral Presentations are located in the Hussey, Vandenburg and Michigan room on the second floor of the Michigan League.

Summer 2023 Symposium Agenda Time Frame 
Student and Judges Check-in11:40 am – 12:00 pm 
Session 1 Presentations 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm
Session 2 Presentations 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm 
Symposium Ends 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
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