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truegrit-frameThis Symposium seeks to display the diverse array of student-committed endeavors and foster the communication of their relevant novel results and concepts. The event exclusively features undergraduate research in all areas of chemistry, biology and biochemistry with the understanding that progress at the chemical and biological interface requires cross-fertilization from the broadest possible spectrum of these disciplines.

The Symposium invites mentor-approved contributions from undergraduates investigating any aspect of chemistry, biology, and biochemistry.  These advances will be disseminated in a daylong event that typically offers nearly 200 student contributions and gathers more than 400 beginning scientists, mentors, and other guests.  The event will feature two poster sessions with posters judged by panels of participating mentors and other qualified attendees.  Judges will rank first and second place posters in each category with non-financial awards presented at the event’s end.

The event is free, but registration is required.  Light-fare refreshments and lunch will be provided.  Faculty mentors and qualified attendees are encouraged to support this exceptional undergraduate experience by volunteering to serve as poster session judges.


This event would not be possible without the grant from our sponsor, National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (NIGMS/NIH).

This event is hosted by the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at UMBC along with the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.