7th Annual Cascades Research & Scholarship Symposium - Virtual

Thursday, May 21 & Friday, May 22, 2020 - All Day Event

  • The Cascades Research & Scholarship Symposium is an annual showcase of undergraduate projects and research.
  • For 2020, we have gone VIRTUAL! We are proud to host this year’s submissions virtually for a university-wide conference across all campuses via our partnership with Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence (CUE).
  • Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to check out OSU-Cascades specific projects on this site May 21 & 22.
  • OSU ONID users may also have direct access to the Canvas portal for ALL OSU research projects by registering HERE.

Who can participate?

OSU-Cascades undergraduate students of all majors. Appropriate projects and research include individual or collaborative work, conducted with faculty or the larger Central Oregon community as class or capstone projects. The Symposium Committee reserves the right to select participants to ensure a diversity of topics, research groups, and programs.

Is the submission process the same as last year?

Not exactly.  Posters will be submitted electronically and students will submit a brief video to accompany it.  OSU-Cascades, OSU and eCampus are working together to provide a single location for all undergraduate research submissions. Since live presentations are not possible, each student will be recording their own "lightning talk" to replace the in-person presentation. Additionally, OSU-Cascades students will submit a PDF copy of their poster to be displayed digitally on this site for viewing.

How do I submit a lightning talk and/or poster?

  • STEP 1 | Registration - Details and the registration process can be found HERE.
  • STEP 2 | Lightning Talk (Required for ALL projects) -  Once registration is complete, you'll create your lightning talk and have access in May to the Canvas-based submission portal.  Presenters are highly encouraged to attend lead-up events to receive feedback.  ALL submitters must follow this process for 2020.
  • STEP 3 | Poster Submission (Optional; based on project) - Email a PDF of your presentation to events@osucascades.edu; please follow the guide HERE.

What should I expect during the symposium?

Once you have submitted all your information for the lightning talk and the poster, users will go into the "Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence" Canvas page and submit questions and feedback. Over the course of the two days of the event, undergraduate researchers will log in and answer questions in their respective research pages.  


  • Posters must be 48” x 36” (4’ x 3’) and follow the appropriate template. Typical poster sections include a description/literature review, methodology/process, outcomes/ conclusions, and impact/next steps.
  • Always include a title, names of group members, faculty mentors, award/grant support and sponsors (this includes URSA Engage and Layman Fellowship).
  • Submission requirements can be found HERE.

Lightning Talks

  • Lightning talks are becoming more common at professional conferences across the nation. From the sciences to liberal arts, these talks allow presenters to share research and projects that might not always fit within the confines of a poster. 
  • For 2020, this will be your primarily delivery platform.  Be sure to check out the help videos when your Canvas page is created.