What are FURF/SURF?

FURF and SURF are bi-annual, low-stress platforms for undergraduate students to practice communicating their research, scholarly, and/or creative work to a broad audience.  All undergraduate researchers are encouraged to participate. Registration to present at FURF and SURF is required, but there is no application/selection process.

What happens at FURF/SURF?

Registered students present their research using a visual aid, usually a research poster, though other mediums are acceptable.  Participants stand with their visual aids for one hour (4:30-5:30 or 5:30-6:30), giving brief explanations of their work and answering questions from passing faculty, staff, students, and community members.  Students may be judged or receive feedback on their posters, depending on their preference. Awards are given to the top presenters.

Who can present at these festivals?

ANY undergraduate student who is involved in research, scholarly, or creative work. Work may be done independently (as for a senior thesis, independent study project, or research practicum class) OR with a faculty mentor. Projects do not need to be “completed” at the time of the presentation. Research and discovery are never fully finished, so work in progress is welcome.

Why should I present at these festivals?

Many students use FURF and SURF as platforms for presentation practice in preparation for conferences or professional development events. As the audience is broad, this is a good venue to practice speaking effectively and articulately about research. While students have the option of being judged and receiving feedback, FURF and SURF are relatively laid-back, low-stress environments for presentations. Presenting at events like FURF/SURF, and winning an award, looks good on a CV or resume.

*FURF/SURF are co-hosted by ICRU, the Office for the Vice President of Research, and the UI Provost’s office.

Contact Us

Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU)
6 Gilmore Hall
319.335.8336
icru@uiowa.edu