The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual event since 2002 designed to provide undergraduate students, from the University of Pittsburgh and other colleges and universities, with advanced research experiences and opportunities to develop presentation skills. The event is open to undergraduates from all majors and institutions who have written a research paper from a social science, humanities, or business perspective focusing on the study of Eastern, Western, or Central Europe, the European Union, Russia, or Central Eurasia.
After the initial submission of papers, selected participants are grouped into panels according to their research topics. The participants then give 10- to 15-minute presentations based on their research to a panel of faculty and graduate students. The presentations are open to the public.
VIRTUAL Presentations | Monday - Thursday:
April 11 - April 14, 2022
APPLICATIONS DUE: January 7, 2022
NOTIFICATIONS BY: January 31, 2022
FINAL PAPERS DUE: March 28, 2022
QUESTIONS? Contact Dr. Trevor Erlacher
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
European Studies Center
University Center for International Studies
Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia
Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
There are many online resources to assist you in preparing your paper for submission to the Symposium. Please note that any major citation style guide (e.g. MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian) is permitted, so long as the style is appropriate to the academic discipline of the paper.
- The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Writing Center has a Writer's Handbook documenting all major styles of citations and containing sections on writing research papers and other pieces.
- Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers a guide for using MLA, APA, and Chicago styles.
- The Chicago Manual of Style Online serves as a speedy reference for Chicago style.
- The University of Chicago Press has a Turabian Quick Guide.
- University of Pittsburgh students may visit the Writing Center (now located in the O’Hara Student Center) for help with citations, format, grammar, etc. Services are free of charge and the center is staffed by part-time faculty and graduate students.
- OnlineColleges.net has created a guide for conducting online academic research and a student’s guide on avoiding plagiarism.
- The MLA Handbook is available in print at most libraries and bookstores.
- See our guide to writing abstracts for tips on producing an effective abstract.
- See the Tufts University abstract guide, which includes varied sample abstracts.