Ivy League Undergraduate

Research Symposium

Registration is now closed

A Letter from our Executive Director

Dear Symposium Attendees,

It is our distinct honor and privilege to invite you to the Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium. This year’s symposium will provide distinguished undergraduate researchers with opportunities to present their research, network with other scholars, learn about post-graduate opportunities, and converse with professors and research professionals. The ILURS Council and Board of Directors have worked tirelessly to provide Ivy League scholars with the most intriguing and stimulating symposium experience across the Ivy League, and we are confident that the symposium’s diversity and size will stimulate researchers and inspire intellectual, academic discourse. ILURS’ broad scope of academic disciplines, its unique slate of events both academic and social, and its home at the University of Pennsylvania will support the largest and foremost undergraduate research symposium in the nation.

The inaugural Symposium will take place from November 10th through November 12th, 2017 at the University of Pennsylvania. We will feature notable keynote speakers and offer invaluable workshops connecting students and alumni from across the Ivy League. Following the Symposium, our efforts will extend into two key initiatives: the Ivy League Undergraduate Journal of Research and the Ivy League Undergraduate Research Fund. The journal will be separated into the same academic disciplines as the Symposium, pioneering a medium for interdisciplinary, cooperative discussion. In addition, during the Spring, we will begin applications for research grants, designated specifically for undergraduate students.

We thank you all for your interest and support, and we look forward to seeing you in November!

Anuj Amin

Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium
3601 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104
P: 409-543-7382
M: ilurs@ilurs.org


Undergraduate Researchers


Keynote Speakers


Symposium Information

About Us

Thank you for your interest in presenting at ILURS 2017! We are very excited to hear from you and learn more about your interesting research topics.

The Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium serves to promote cutting-edge, undergraduate research and facilitate a community of research-oriented individuals across the Ivy League. As our primary goal is to promote any and all outstanding undergraduate research, the symposium spans across all academic disciplines. We embrace an interdisciplinary approach to research, including perspectives from the natural sciences to perspectives from the humanities. Furthermore, the secondary goal of our symposium is to foster a network among tomorrow’s most powerful leaders and most well known scholars by offering professional networking opportunities, career fairs and workshops. ILURS serves as a unique platform to connect the Ivy League’s most distinguished undergraduates.

Registration is now closed. Check back in Fall 2018.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submissions Open: 7/10/2017
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 10/4/2017
  • Applicant Decisions Finalized: 10/11/2017
  • Registration Application Due: 10/15/2017
  • Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium: 11/10/2017 - 11/12/2017

Ivy League Undergraduate Journal of Research

Following each Symposium, the Ivy League Undergraduate Journal of Research will accept submissions in the four academic divisions of the Symposium: Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Art & Humanities, Social & Economic Sciences and Engineering & Applied Sciences. The journal serves as a platform where scholarly, interdisciplinary discourse can be undertaken. More information on submission guidelines and deadlines will be released early Spring 2018.

Ivy League Undergraduate Research Fund

In our efforts to support undergraduate research, we are in the process of establishing the Ivy League Undergraduate Research Fund. Check back in Spring 2018 for updates.

  1. Who can apply to be a presenter?
  2. All undergraduates currently enrolled at an Ivy League university can apply to present at ILURS 2017. Your research does not have to be done at your home university.

  3. What if my research is done in a group setting?
  4. This would be dealt on a case-by-case basis. All group members should submit their own application with the same abstract. Please email ilurs@ilurs.org for any specific questions.

  5. Can I apply if I don’t do research in fields like biology, chemistry and physics?
  6. Yes! We highly encourage students doing research in ANY field to apply to our syposium. We want to bring a diverse environment to all of the researchers across the Ivy League.

  7. What if I am not done with my research by the registration deadline?
  8. We require you to have your research finished by the registration deadline. This gives presenters enough time/materials to make a poster and prepare for the symposium.

  9. How are projects selected and by whom? When will I know if my project is selected?
  10. Information regarding the abstract review will be released soon.

  11. Will there be a registration fee? What if I’m concerned about affording it?
  12. There will be a registration fee of $70 to cover operations and materials costs for the symposium. Presenters will be required to bring their own research posters.

    If you are selected to present at ILURS 2017, please do not let the registration fee discourage you from participating. In circumstances of financial hardship, fee waivers may be requested by emailing ilurs@ilurs.org.

  13. Are there housing and food provided?
  14. Yes - this is a fully funded, an all expenses paid symposium!

  15. Do I have to attend both days of the symposium? What if I have to arrive late or leave early?
  16. We highly encourage that all applicants be able to attend the entire symposium. Please note in your application if you anticipate a scheduling conflict. This will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

    If you have any additional questions, please email ilurs@ilurs.org.

Presenter Info

Information regarding the poster session will be released soon.

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Friday, November 10th

Opening Ceremonies

Welcome & Keynote Speech 1Meyerson Hall, B1

Poster Session A

Houston Hall, Bodek Lounge


Irvine Auditorium, Café 58

Activity Session A

Poster Session B

Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall

Keynote Speech 2

David Rittenhouse Laboratory, Room A1

Activity Session B


ILURS Cocktail ReceptionUniversity of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Kamin Entrance

Saturday, November 11th

Plenary Session A

Claudia Cohen Hall, Room G17


Houston Hall, Ben Franklin Room

Activity Session C

Plenary Session B

Claudia Cohen Hall, Room G17

Keynote Speech 3

David Rittenhouse Laboratory, Room A1

Explore the City

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sunday, November 12th

Breakfast & Networking

Houston Hall, Golkin Room

PhD Panel

Houston Hall, Bodek Lounge

Closing Ceremonies

Concluding Remarks & Keynote Speech 4Houston Hall, Bodek Lounge

Contact Us

Please email ilurs@ilurs.org if you have any questions.


University of Pennsylvania, 3417 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19104