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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.

Apply to present your work at URSA 2023!

We are now accepting applications from students interested in participating in URSA 2023 which will be held on Thursday, April 13, 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 21


Ursa Major

Applicants may submit a proposal for a 10-12 minute oral presentation or a poster to be displayed as part of the URSA poster session. Students may also apply either individually or as part of a group that has collaborated on a research project (maximum of four students).

Prior to beginning your application, make sure you have the following information ready:

  • contact information for all presenters, including name, BenU student ID number and email address
  • name and department of faculty sponsor(s) (typically the faculty member under whose guidance the work has been done)
  • title and 100-200 word abstract describing the presentation

Applicants should consult programs from previous URSA symposiums for examples of presentations/posters titles and abstracts. Applications with incomplete, insufficiently detailed, or poorly written titles and/or abstracts may be rejected.

APPLY: Oral Presentation APPLY: Poster Session

Information for Presenters

URSA presenters
Every spring semester since 2011, Benedictine University has held its annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Arts (URSA) symposium.

Programs from previous URSA symposiums


URSA Program Archive
URSA 2022
April 14, 2022
URSA 2021
April 12-23, 2021
Virtual Event
URSA 2020
April 21-May 1
Virtual Event
URSA 2019
April 4, 2019
URSA 2018
April 5, 2018
URSA 2017
March 29, 2017
URSA 2016
April 7, 2016
URSA 2015
April 9, 2015
URSA 2014
March 26, 2014
URSA 2013
April 2, 2013
URSA 2012
April 12, 2012

Ms. Huma Ghani
URSA Assistant
Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence
Kindlon Hall 507
(630) 829-6278

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