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The annual CURO Symposium highlights excellence in undergraduate research at the University of Georgia through students' oral and poster sessions—and is open to all undergraduates pursuing faculty-mentored research in any discipline, not just those enrolled in CURO coursework. Students with research at various stages of completion are encouraged to apply.

The 2018 CURO Symposium will be held at the Classic Center in downtown Athens on Monday, April 9 and Tuesday, April 10, 2018.


CURO welcomes submissions from all UGA undergraduates pursuing research in all disciplines. Research does not need to be completed; researchers at various stages of the process are welcome to submit abstracts.


Application Process and Deadlines
Please review the current Symposium Call for Abstracts for details on the application process.


SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT AT symposium.curo.uga.edu.
Online submission will close January 30, 2018.


Symposium Awards
Undergraduates have the opportunity to receive awards in two categories at the annual CURO Symposium. These awards and their criteria are listed below.

Best Paper Awards
Papers on work being presented at the CURO Symposium submitted by the deadline will be considered for Best Paper awards in the following categories:

  • Life Sciences
  • Public and International Affairs
  • Arts, Humanities and Media
  • Physical and Environmental Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Business
  • Technology, Engineering and Math

To be eligible for a Best Paper Award, applicants must present at the 2018 CURO Symposium.

Award recipients will be recognized and receive their certificates at the CURO Symposium's general session.

UGA Libraries Undergrad Research Award
The UGA Libraries offers five awards for undergraduate students. These awards provide cash prizes, totaling $3,000, for excellence in research and academic inquiry. Awards are open to all students and are presented at the CURO Symposium each spring.

To be eligible for a UGA Libraries Research  Award applicants must:

  • meet with a librarian for a scheduled research consultation
  • complete a 3-4 page essay describing and reflecting upon their research project

More information, application materials, and submission requirements are available on the UGA Libraries website.


CURO Symposium Books of Abstracts Archive
CURO publishes a Book of Abstracts for each annual CURO Symposium. Each entry provides the respective presenter’s name, research title, faculty mentor.

Clicking any of the following links will open the archived Book of Abstract for the corresponding year. To view a searchable, merged file of all archived years, open the Complete Book of Abstracts Archive: 2002-2017.