Page updated July 24, 2020:

***The event schedule and lineup of presentations is available now!***

SURE symposium crowd

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 first-ever virtual SURE Symposium on July 31, 2020! 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 now closed. Thank you to all students who submitted an abstract. 

Volunteer at the Symposium

Volunteer sign-up is open now until July 26. We kindly ask ask faculty, staff, and graduate assistants (employed at the University of Hawaii) their assistance in moderating the Zoom sessions. For security reasons, we unfortunately will not be seeking undergraduate student or non-UH-employed graduate student volunteers at this time.

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 30. Registration is open now until July 29.


2020 SURE Symposium

The 2020 SURE Symposium will be held as live, online sessions via Zoom.

  • Date: July 31, 2020
  • Time: 8:45 am – 3:00 pm
  • Location: Zoom

The event schedule and lineup of presentations is available online now! 


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. 

Students signed up for poster presentations must adhere to the following format:

  • Students giving poster presentations will be assigned 3 presentations per Zoom room during a 2-hour block of time
  • Each presenter (or team) will be given 40 minutes total to present, 20 minutes to present in the first hour, and another 20 minutes in the second hour, rotating between Student A, Student B, and Student C (I.e., 1:00pm – Presentation A, 1:20pm – Presentation B, 1:40pm – Presentation C, 2:00pm – Presentation A, 2:20 pm – Presentation B, 2:40 pm – Presentation C).
  • Single slide to serve as a virtual “poster”
  • Students should not print a physical poster
  • Powerpoint (.ppt) or another format such as jpg or PDF that can be screenshared


  • Familiarize yourself with the screen share function in Zoom
  • Use any size font that is legible on a computer screen when your virtual poster is screenshared in full-screen mode
    • To test how large your text will appear onscreen, use the Slideshow function (if using Powerpoint) which will fit your slide to full-screen size
    • How text will appear in full-screen mode depends on the slide size. For example, the default Powerpoint slide size is 7.5 in. x 10 in, meaning the slide and anything on it will be appear larger when the slide is expanded to fit any screen larger than that (e.g. 14 in. laptop screen)
    • Note that audience members may be viewing from small laptop screens
    • The previous suggestion to use a minimum size 18 font applies only to those who set their Powerpoint slide to a realistic poster size (e.g. 36 in. x 48 in). This would be the case for students who intend to, at a future date, print their physical poster
  • Save your file in high resolution. This will make it easier to read text on-screen during the virtual event.
  • Do not rely on viewers being able to read your poster on screen. Prepare two versions of a talk: A 1-minute lightning pitch, and a 12-minute talk as you would for an oral presentation
  • Logo: Include logos for all relevant organizations and funding sources, including UROP. Download the UROP logo here.
  • Ethical compliance number: Include approval numbers for any projects requiring ethical compliance (e.g.. IRB, IACUC, etc.)
  • Make sure you have a reliable internet connection

Event day instructions will be provided approximately 2 weeks prior to the event date. 

The 2019 SURE Symposium was a success! Thank you to everyone who made the event possible, including presenters, partner programs, guests, and our hard-working volunteers and staff. You can view more event photos on 2019 SURE Symposium photo album on our Facebook page. 

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:

  1. Thursday, August 1; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Oral presentations* by Institute for Astronomy (IfA) REU students @ IfA Auditorium
  2. 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. 

The 2018 SURE Symposium was a great success and showcased 13 oral presentations and 46 poster presentations from both UHM and non-UHM students. Nearly 200 people were in attendance over the course of the 2-day event. The Symposium was a collaboration between UROP, the Institute for Astronomy REU, Earth Science on Volcanic Islands REU, and the Biodiversity REU. We thank the faculty and students of these programs for their time and efforts in organizing, and their participation and enthusiasm in working collaboratively to launch the inaugural symposium.

View the 2018 SURE Symposium programs below:

2018 SURE Symposium Oral Presentation Program at Institute for Astronomy

2018 SURE Symposium Poster Presentation Program

Above: Undergraduate students present their posters at the 2018 SURE Symposium at the East-West Center. 

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