URCAS

2017 URCAS Schedule

The Rhodes College Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium (URCAS) is an engaging annual event showcasing student work through both oral and poster presentations. Usually held at the end of the academic year, presentations occur at various locations on the beautiful Rhodes campus, beginning shortly after the morning Awards Convocation and continuing throughout the day. Student presentations highlight work in all disciplines and departments, as well as student engagement in the Memphis community.

In this annual celebration of student scholarly achievement, we take time out to celebrate student accomplishments in grand style. This event is much anticipated by the Rhodes community, including professors, students, and many others who are eager to learn about and celebrate the outstanding student work done on our campus every year. At the symposium students can showcase their recent academic research and creative activity in the form of oral, poster or other types of presentations. 

Last year, more than 300 unique student projects were presented covering many topics and types of experiences. Fellowship activities, student research, creative projects, community engagement, service-learning, and independent pursuits carried out over the past yearincluding during the summerare suitable for inclusion.  

Abstract submission for URCAS open in March. To present work at URCAS, students must submit an abstract that is pre-approved by a faculty sponsor. This endorsement should indicate that the faculty member believes the work merits consideration for the symposium. Abstracts are 200-word summaries of your work and may be submitted here.

Review the past programs on this page for a sample of the outstanding work of Rhodes students.

2017

Download the program (PDF, .6MB)

2016

Download the program (PDF, 1.1MB)

2015

Download the program (PDF, 1.6MB)

2014

Download the program (PDF, 749 KB) Over 200 projects and presentations in oral and poster sessions to take place on April 25.

2013
Download the program (PDF, 670 KB) Over 200 projects and presentations in both oral and poster sessions on April 26

2012
Download the program (PDF, 1.1MB).Over 200 student projects were presented in both oral and poster sessions on April 27.

2011
Download the program (PDF, 1.1MB). An amazing array of oral and poster presentations from all disciplines and a special session highlighting the Rhodes Fellowships Program.

2010
Download the program (PDF, 1MB). Over 225 presentations showcased the outstanding work of Rhodes students, including student film presentations.

2009
Download the program (PDF). Over 200 presentations covering all disciplines and presented in twenty oral sessions and two poster sessions.

2008
Download the program (PDF, 0.8MB) 
157 oral and poster presentations in all disciplines, including Rhodes Community Connections posters highlighting student involvement in the Memphis community.

2007
Download the program (PDF, 2MB)
81 talks/80 posters (Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Fine Arts) Special sessions included Hollywood Springdale, Spatial Analysis in GIS, SWEEP LEAPs to Robotics, Biology 141 Laboratory Projects: Crayfish Behavior.

2006
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100 talks /91 posters (Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Fine Arts) Special sessions included Poster Session for Molecular Biology: Lynx Genome Project, The Learning Corridor: Mentoring High School Science with St. Jude Mentors, Environmental Research: Addressing Sustainability at Rhodes, Community Involvement in Environmental Research: Storm Water Environmental Education Project (SWEEP), Biology II Laboratory Research.

2005
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84 talks / 68 posters (Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Fine Arts). Special sessions included Molecular Biology, Animal Behavior, Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies, Environmental Research, Urban Studies Charrette and Biology II Research 
Program of Pages: 59

2004
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82 talks / 37 posters (Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Fine Arts). Student playwrights presented their works, and special sessions included Molecular Biology, Animal Behavior, Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies, Environmental Research, Urban Studies Charrette and Biology II Research 
Program of Pages: 47

2003
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63 talks / 52 posters (Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Fine Arts). The Urban Studies Charette was wrapped into the Symposium (19 posters); also included were Biology II presentations (10 posters) 
Program of Pages: 38

2002 
38 talks / 14 posters (Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Fine Arts) 
Program of Pages: 21 

2001 
12 talks (Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities) 
Program of Pages: 6 
 
2000 
6 talks / 10 posters (Natural Sciences) 
Program of Pages: 7 

1999 
11 talks / 6 posters (Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Fine Arts) 
Program of Pages: 6 

1998 
11 talks / 10 posters (Natural Sciences, Social Sciences) 
Program of Pages: 8 
 
1997 
7 oral presentations / 22 posters (Natural Sciences, Social Sciences) 
Program of Pages: 7

1996 
29 posters (Natural Sciences, Social Sciences) 
Program of Pages: 1