Faculty Moderators

Faculty Moderator Sign Up

Please consider volunteering to serve as a moderator to enrich the experience of undergraduate student presenters for the  Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities Conference, (URSCA) which will take place at the ARC Pavilion (University Credit Union Center) and Wellman Hall for in person presentations/exhibits and include some virtual programming on April 28th and 29th, 2023. 

The Annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities Conference depends on the expertise and participation of UC Davis faculty members to serve as moderators.   We are seeking faculty moderators from all disciplines to provide comments/questions to the student presenters. 

Thank you for your continued support of undergraduate student research, scholarship and creative activities!


Poster Moderator 

The Poster Sessions will take place on Friday, April 28th in the afternoon/early evening hours in the University Credit Union Center (U Center) which was previously known as the ARC Pavilion. Each moderator is responsible for just one of the hour-long sessions (unless you opt for more than one session). During the session, the moderator is assigned five (5) scholarly posters related or closely related to their discipline.  Faculty moderators are asked to visit each assigned poster to hear the presentation, ask questions, and present a certificate of participation to the student(s).

Arts and Design Exhibit Moderator 

The Arts and Design Exhibit runs concurrently to the Poster Sessions on Friday, April 28th in the U Center. Each moderator for the Arts and Design Exhibit will be assigned no more than five (5) Arts and Design Exhibit installation. We ask that the moderator visit each installation, interact with the student, ask questions, and present them with their certificate of participation. Moderating duties should take less than one hour and can happen at any time during Conference hours on Friday.

Oral Moderator 

The Oral Sessions will take place on Saturday, April 29th from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. in Wellman Hall. Each moderator will lead one 90-minute session beginning at either 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. Each session has a maximum of six (6) student presenters. Oral moderators are expected to welcome the guests, introduce student presenters, ask questions, keep the session running on time, and present the student presenters with their certificate.  A packet with the list of presenters in order, instructions, and cards with minutes left alerts for the presenters will be provided to faculty moderators at check-in. 

INFORMATION FOR VIRTUAL CONFERENCE MODERATORS:  (if we need to switch to an on-line platform):

The dates of the conference may be pushed back if needed to allow time for students and faculty to prepare for their presentations and for the conference committee and staff to pivot to the virtual platform.  The platform will be GoReact with which our campus community is already familiar.  Moderators will be given an invitation to access the platform with your UC Davis email.  Moderators will be given up to 5 recordings to view and then make comments and ask questions any time over a 3-4 day period (we extend the length of time for viewing to allow for greater flexibility and attendance).  Comments and questions are posted asynchronously by moderators, attendees and presenters.  Presenter Certificates will be distributed via email or in person pick up when available by the URC.


Questions:  urc@ucdavis.edu