“When one does any kind of meaningful independent research, there should always be a public outcome, whether it’s a presentation, a paper or an exhibit. Sharing your results with others is an important part of being a scholar.” Rebecca Pliske, PhD, Founding Director of URSCI & Professor, Psychology Department

The 2018 URSCI Expo and Global Learning Symposium

will take place on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.


Applications for poster, panel or oral presentations are accepted now through Friday, February 23. Click here to submit your application.  

This day-long event, held annually the first week of April, has become a highlight of Dominican’s academic year. In recent years, approximately 10 percent of the undergraduate population has participated by:

  • giving oral presentations
  • poster presentations
  • exhibiting their artwork

Fellow students can support the presenters and look for inspiration for their own research projects.


Recent Expo presentations included:

  • Organic chemistry (Coffee Grounds: The Future Fuel for Cars)
  • Apparel merchandising (Rebel Rousers: Analyzing the Boy’s Clothing Market)
  • Computer science (Cloud Data Services)
  • Music (The Evolution of the Modern Bass Guitar)

After the Expo

For some students, presenting at Expo is just a taste of future successes. Recently, several Dominican students presented their research at professional scholarly conferences in their field. 

  • A psychology major won a Regional Research award from Psi Chi (the national honor society in psychology), along with the opportunity to present at the Midwestern Psychological Association meeting.
  • Another psychology student received a travel award and the opportunity to present at the annual Society for Neuroscience meetings.
  • An English major traveled to the United Kingdom to present her undergraduate research project at a professional meeting (New Directions in Austen Studies).

Expo Resources

Past Programs: