Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Arts

Established in 2011 to increase the number of undergraduates completing their own research projects or collaborating with faculty on their research, the annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Arts (URSA) symposium provides an on-campus venue for Benedictine students to present work they have done as part of their university careers.

While undergraduate research is often most associated with the natural and social sciences, URSA interprets the category of scholarship in the broadest possible terms and strongly encourages participation by undergraduates who have undertaken significant research in a humanities discipline. Students working in the fine arts are also urged to take part by, for instance, displaying artwork or preparing a presentation on a musical composition.

A secondary goal of URSA is to encourage students to expand their participation in similar off-campus events, such as the ACCA Student Symposium. Presenting at URSA offers students an excellent opportunity to do a “dry-run” for larger, regional conferences they may plan to attend.

URSA 2024

Goodwin Hall
Thursday, April 11, 2024 | 12:00 – 4:30 p.m.


Oral Presentations
Goodwin Hall rooms 211 and 212
12:00 – 1:30 p.m., 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Poster Session
Goodwin Hall Atrium (first floor)
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Information for Presenters

URSA presentors

URSA has been held every spring semester since 2011.

Programs from previous URSA symposiums

URSA 2023 – April 13, 2023 – Presentation-Program | Poster-Session-Program

URSA 2022 – April 14, 2022 – Presentation-Program | Poster-Session-Program

URSA 2021 – April 12-13, 2021 – Virtual Event – Program

URSA 2020 – April 21-May 1 – Virtual Event – Program

URSA 2019 – April 4, 2019 – Presentation-Program | Poster-Session-Program

Ms. Huma Ghani
URSA Assistant
Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence
Kindlon Hall 414 (in the Campus Ministry Suite)
(630) 829-6278

Dr. Zubair S. Amir
URSA Coordinator
Associate Professor, Dept. of Languages & Literature
Kindlon 270
(630) 829-6256

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