Works in Progress Symposium

The Works in Progress Symposium (WIPS) provides undergraduates with an opportunity to share their research with peers as well as professors. Undergraduates who have conducted original research, scholarly, or creative projects under the guidance of a faculty mentor are invited to submit an application to WIPS. This symposium also welcomes presentations by students who are just beginning projects, and affords students the opportunity to present the background, rationale, plans and preliminary results from a project that is ongoing, rather than complete.

Virtual Event (November 2-6, 2020)

The Works in Progress Symposium (WIPS) 2020 will be virtual featuring pre-recorded presentations. Presentations will open on November 2 and remain viewable to faculty, staff, and students through Friday, November 6.

Event Format Changes

With the migration to a virtual event, we've made several format changes:

  • Students will record their presentations and submit their presentations and abstracts at the link near the bottom of this webpage.
  • Students may opt to use voiceover only when presenting slides, share video feed and slides at the same time, or use a combination of methods depending on what makes sense for the project.
  • Presentation videos will be uploaded by the Honors College to umWiki and the presentations will be viewable by faculty, staff, and students from November 2-6.
  • The viewing audience will have opportunity to post questions and comments on individual presentation videos during the viewing period. 
  • Student presenters should expect to monitor and respond to questions and comments during the viewing period.

Presentation Categories

Students give a fifteen minute pre-recorded oral presentation in one of the following categories. 

  • Business
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Liberal and Fine Arts
  • Life and Health Sciences
  • Math and Computer Sciences
  • Physical and Applied Sciences
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 
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Prizes for each category:

  • 1st place ($300)
  • 2nd ($200) 

Judging Process

Assigned judges will read the abstract (maximum of 500 words) and watch the oral presentation and then complete the WIPS evaluation form to provide feedback to the presenters. 

Presentation Rubric 

Presentations will be judged using the following rubric: WIPS Presentation Rubric