Office of Academic Enrichment Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry

Autumn Undergraduate Research Festival

The Autumn Undergraduate Research Festival is a presentation opportunity for all students engaging in undergraduate research who wish to share their work. 

Who can participate and what are the benefits of participation?

The annual Autumn Undergraduate Research Festival is a research poster and presentation forum for students to share their mentored research projects with the broader academic community.  It provides an opportunity for students to gain experience communicating their research in new ways, including designing a poster and discussing the project with Festival attendees.  As with the other forums hosted by UR&CI, the Autumn Festival is not specific to any discipline; students from all disciplines across the university are invited to apply, and student presenters should prepare to discuss their research with a general audience.  The Autumn Festival is open to all undergraduate students at Ohio State who are participating in faculty-mentored research, and students can present on projects that are still ongoing - final results are not necessary for participation. 

When and where will the 2023 Autumn Undergraduate Research Festival be held?

The 2023 Autumn Research Festival will take place in person on Thursday, November 2, 2023, in the TDAI Ideation Zone in Pomerene Hall. There will be four sessions featuring over 120 students presenting their faculty-mentored research:

Session 1: 10:00am - 11:00am

Session 2: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Session 3: 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Session 4: 3:00pm - 4:00pm

The event is open to the public, and family, friends, lab colleagues, faculty mentors, and students interested in starting research are encouraged to attend! 

First-year students can register to attend the Autumn Undergraduate Research Festival to receive First-Year Success Series (FYSS) credit.

Second-year students can register to attend the Autumn Undergraduate Research Festival to receive STEP PDC credit.

What do I need to participate?

Students present their research with a poster presentation.  Final results are not needed for the Autumn Festival.  We encourage students at any stage of research to discuss with their mentor participating as a means to practice and gain confidence talking about their research activity with a general audience.

Poster Format: You are responsible for printing and bringing your research poster. Please see the Poster Printing webpage to view locations and pricing. The two most common locations used by students are UniPrint and Thompson. Most posters are 36" x 48" and should not exceed 48"x48". The event space will provide boards and tacks to hang your poster.

If you need a research poster template, please see the links below for previous templates: 

College of Nursing Template 

CFAES Template 

Environmental and Natural Resources Template 

College of Public Health Template 

Any College Template 1

Any College Template 2

Where can I find the previous Autumn Undergraduate Research Festival event information?

Over 100 students participated in the 2022 Autumn Undergraduate Research Festival. Please see the Program Brochure for a full list of student presenters, project titles, and research mentors. The 2021 Festival presentations can be viewed at  Additionally, many Festival participants choose to have their poster published in the OSU Knowledge Bank Undergraduate Research Festivals collection.


Application Information 

The 2023 Autumn Undergraduate Research Festival application will opened on Monday, September 11 and closed on Sunday, October 15, 2023.

View this year's program brochure for a list of student presenters in each session. 2023 AURF Program Brochure