Applications open for virtual 2021 Undergraduate Exhibition

January 25, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Office of Undergraduate Education will hold its yearly Undergraduate Exhibition for Research, Inquiry, and Creative Activity virtually from April 14 to 16.

Applications are open now and are available here. Undergraduate students from all campuses and academic disciplines are encouraged to participate through performances, presentations and traditional posters. Each entry will be judged by faculty judges. Applications also are open for the Engagement Experience Poster Exhibition, which can be found at the same link. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 21.

Last year, the Undergraduate Exhibition moved to a virtual format just weeks before the event as the COVID-19 pandemic was unfolding. Still, nearly 200 students from across the commonwealth participated in Penn State’s biggest undergraduate showcase of academic and creative activity. It was also a record year for faculty judge participation.

About the Undergraduate Exhibition

Undergraduate students each year share their creative or academic work through presentations, performances or posters.

Presentations are a great option for students whose disciplines do not use traditional posters to present scholarly work. These are to be recorded as videos at a maximum of five-minutes long per presenter or group of presenters.

Performances will also be recorded in video form and can be music, writing, poetry reading, dance, theater and other displays.

The traditional poster is the most popular way to convey research. There are five different poster judging categories: arts and humanities (including visual arts), engineering, health and life sciences, physical sciences, and social and behavioral sciences.

Projects may enter as course-based projects, research or creative work that was completed as part of a class assignment. These projects should reflect how scholarly research or creative methods should be used to address or present a problem, issue or question.

The Undergraduate Exhibition is coordinated by Penn State Undergraduate Education, the academic administrative unit that provides leadership and coordination for University-wide programs and initiatives in support of undergraduate teaching and learning at Penn State. Learn more about Undergraduate Education at


Last Updated January 28, 2021