Above: Over 50 undergraduate students present their posters at the 2019 SURE Symposium.
Welcome to the SURE Symposium
All students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to attend the virtual SURE Symposium on July 30, 2021! This end-of-summer event invites undergraduate students conducting faculty-mentored research and creative work in all disciplines to showcase their projects. It provides students an excellent opportunity to solicit feedback from their peers, experts, and community members without formal presentation judging. The event is free to attend and provides a professional, yet relaxed atmosphere.
All eligible undergraduate students in all disciplines conducting faculty-mentored research or creative work are invited to present at the Symposium. Eligible students include:
- All UHM undergraduate students
- Non-UHM undergraduate students mentored by a UHM faculty member*
Students can be:
- Funded or not funded by UROP
- Presenting in-progress or completed projects
- Participating or not participating in the all-summer SURE program (though it is encouraged)
*There are no eligibility requirements to be a UHM faculty mentor for SURE. Mentor eligibility is required only when students apply for UROP Project Funding or faculty apply for a Faculty Mentoring Grant.
Call for Abstracts
The call for abstracts is open now – July 4. Click the “Register to present” button below to register and submit an abstract. Before submitting, make sure:
- Your mentor has agreed to be listed as your project mentor and co-author
- Your mentor has reviewed and approved your project title and abstract
- Your abstract is no more than 1500 characters (~250 words)
Volunteer at the Symposium
Volunteer sign-up will open June 1.
Attend the Symposium
The SURE Symposium is free to attend. Guests must register to access the oral and poster sessions. Guests will be emailed the full event program containing session links, meeting IDS, and passwords on July 29. Guest registration will open June 1.
Students signed up for oral presentations must adhere to the following format:
- 15 minute presentation (12 minute presentation, 3 minute Q&A)
- Powerpoint (.ppt), or similar file type
- Familiarize yourself with the screen share function on Zoom
- Ensure that your presentation transitions smoothly from one slide to the next using your chosen application (e.g. Microsoft Powerpoint)
- Understand the difference between screen sharing from your desktop vs. screen sharing directly from an application like Microsoft Powerpoint
- Make sure you have a reliable internet connection
Event day instructions will be provided approximately 2 weeks prior to the event date.
Above: Presenters and attendees throw a shaka at the 2020 SURE Symposium.
Including presenters and event staff and volunteers, over 200 individuals attended the 2-day event. Sixty-six students representing 37 different majors showcased their summer research and creative work.
The 2-day event occurred on the following days:
- Thursday, August 1; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Oral presentations* by Institute for Astronomy (IfA) REU students @ IfA Auditorium
- Friday, August 2; 9:00 am – 2:00 pm: Oral and poster presentations by students from all disciplines @ East-West Center, Hawaii Imin International Conference Center, Jefferson Hall.
*Presenters from IfA REU only
Above: Students present their work on Day 2 of the 2019 SURE Symposium at the East-West Center.
View the 2018 SURE Symposium programs below:
Above: Undergraduate students present their posters at the 2018 SURE Symposium at the East-West Center.