Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities Conference

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The 32nd Annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Conference  will be VIRTUAL this year with synchronous and asynchronous programming. All undergraduate research presentations will be in video format.

April 28th through May 1st, 2021.



Each year, UC Davis undergraduates in all academic fields are invited to submit an abstract and registration information to participate in the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities Conference. Research projects must have been conducted under the supervision of a faculty member or professional at UC Davis. The conference is designed to acquaint undergraduate students with the process and academic rigors of presenting research in a scholarly manner and in an affirming environment.  

The Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Conference is organized by a campus-wide committee and sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Center, with support from Undergraduate Education, Student Affairs, Global Affairs, and University Library.

UC Davis faculty, staff, students and alumni are welcome to attend!  Please fill out the registration form below before 12:00 p.m. on April 27th, 2021.  An email with a link to access the Conference will be sent by 5:00 p.m., April 27th.   


(Lists of over 500 presentations will be posted here next week)



Zoom registration is required for all Zoom events. Early registration is encouraged!  All times listed are in PTS/Los Angeles time.


  • URC Pre-CONFERENCE Q&A: Hosted by the URC Staff and the Undergraduate Research Ambassadors (URA’s), the goal of this event is to provide a fun and welcoming space for conference presenters.  Following a 10 minute intro and some FAQs, breakout rooms will be available for tech support, presentation support, first-time presenters.
    TIME: 5:10 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    ZOOM INFO: Meeting ID: 922 6008 9029 Passcode: 627997


  • WELCOME PLENARY SESSION: Join us for our official Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities Welcome and Plenary guest speaker Chancellor Gary May. 
    TIME:  10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
    ZOOM INFO:  Meeting ID:  922 6008 9029   Passcode: 627997 
  • LIVE ARTS/DESIGN EXHIBIT: The URC is excited to bring back our live Arts & Design Exhibit on Zoom! Attendees will have the opportunity to visit various Zoom breakout rooms to learn more from our artists and designers about their creative activities.
    TIME:  5:10 p.m – 7:00 p.m.
    ZOOM INFO:  Meeting ID: 934 1561 3834 Passcode: 621030


  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER: “DARE: DISCOVERING YOUR PURPOSE AND LIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FEAR”:  Dr. Richard Osibanjo received his Ph.D. in Chemistry at UC Davis, and went on to become a published author, Organizational Development Leader at Intel corporation, Forbes columnist, Marshall Goldsmith Top 100 coach and a John Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach, Trainer, and Speaker.  Please join us for his keynote talk. 
    TIME: 7:10 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    ZOOM INFO: Meeting ID: 915 7398 1281 Passcode: 431733


  • DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING AND Q&A: Live Screening of UHP Honors student, Jarod Heng’s “Heng is Cambodian for Luck: How my Father Escaped the Cambodian Genocide” Combining historical research, personal interviews, and his own knowledge, Jarod Heng created a short narrative documentary of how his father’s family escaped the Cambodian Genocaide and came to America.  
    TIME: 1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    ZOOM INFO: Meeting ID: 976 3905 5720 Passcode: 649226
  • FACULTY-STUDENT NETWORKING EVENT: Join us for our Faculty-Student networking event featuring UC Davis faculty members who will share their research experiences and interests with attendees. If you are currently looking for an opportunity to engage in research, this is the event for you! Come network with faculty members who have experience mentoring undergraduate research scholars.
    TIME: 5:10 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
    ZOOM INFO: Meeting ID: 938 1327 0311 Passcode: 684873


    TIME:  11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    ZOOM INFO:  Meeting ID: 935 2183 0606 Passcode: 741650
  • URC POST-CONFERENCE JAM SESSION: Join the Undergraduate Research Ambassadors (URAs) and student DJ Ariana Boostani, for a celebration of your accomplishments as a UC Davis scholar. Ariana will be hosting a DJ set to help us have some fun and decompress from conferencing. URAs will have games via Zoom breakout rooms and make sure to check out our Conference Kudoboard, so you can give your fellow Aggies their shout outs for a job well done!
    TIME: 12:10 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    ZOOM INFO: Meeting ID: 935 2183 0606 Passcode: 741650

Link to Previous Abstract Books

Questions: urc@ucdavis.edu.