Information for Student Presenters

Call for Abstracts (see Categories by Major below on this page)

The Center for Undergraduate Research and Graduate Student Government invites the submission of student research and creative activities abstracts from ALL disciplines to be presented at the 2020 UMaine Student Symposium. Presentations may be for posters, oral presentations, or exhibits/performances. Submissions must be in the form of an abstract (250 words and 1500 characters max) describing the focus, method or process, and outcomes of the project following discipline/program-specific standards as advised by faculty mentors.

Once you have completed your Symposium Abstract and reviewed it with your faculty-mentor it can be entered on this Google form along with your contact and program information.

Entries must be authored by one or more undergraduate or graduate students from the University of Maine or the University of Maine Machias and must be accompanied by the endorsement of a faculty mentor. All email correspondences will be sent to the submitting student author completing this form. If you are presenting with more than one presenter (group posters, oral presentations, or exhibits), as the submitting author, you are responsible for passing all email correspondences and information to your co-presenters.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: 3/13/20
Acceptance notifications will be sent via email on 3/23/20
Event Date: Friday, April 17th, 2020
Event Location: Alfond Arena, Orono, ME 04469

*All submissions are final. The abstract and information provided will be the version used for all event materials and there will be no opportunity to make revisions once submitted.
*All submissions must be reviewed and pre-approved by the faculty mentor associated with the project. Any submissions without faculty mentor approval will not be accepted.
*Please note that every presenter (including all co-presenters) must register for the event once acceptance notifications are received. Registration is handled in a separate form. This abstract submission form should not be viewed as registration to attend the event.

For further information and questions contact

UMSS20 Categories by Major

Allied Health 

  • Animal and Veterinary Sciences
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Social Work


  • Jazz Studies
  • Music; Music Performance
  • New Media
  • Intermedia
  • Studio Art
  • Theatre

Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology
  • Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology


  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing


  • Art Education
  • Athletic Training
  • Child Development and Family Relations
  • Elementary Education
  • Kinesiology and Physical Education
  • Music Education
  • Secondary Education

Engineering and Information Sciences

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering 
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Information systems
  • New Media
  • Spatial Informatics; Spatial Information Science and Engineering

Interdisciplinary Research

  • Projects spanning 2 or more colleges or departments 

Natural Sciences

  • Biochemistry 
  • Botany
  • Earth and Climate Sciences
  • Ecology and Environmental Sciences
  • Economics
  • Environmental Horticulture
  • Financial Economics
  • Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Forest Operations
  • Bioproducts and Bioengineering
  • Forestry
  • Marine Sciences 
  • Parks, Recreation and Tourism
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Zoology

Physical and Mathematical Sciences

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Social Sciences and Humanities

  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Communication
  • English
  • Global Policy
  • History
  • Human Dimensions of Climate Change
  • International Affairs
  • Journalism
  • Languages (French, Spanish)
  • Media Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Women’s, gender and sexuality studies