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McCormick Undergraduate Research Symposium

Join us Wednesday, May 5th, 2021, 2:30 pm for our annual celebration of undergraduate excellence in Physics!

The McCormick Symposium – Online for 2021!

One of the highlights of the Physics Department’s calendar each year is the McCormick Symposium, honoring the achievement of the Department’s undergraduates in Physics.  Typically, this event is held the last week of the semester and consists of a poster session highlighting undergraduate research in physics, presentation of departmental awards showcasing excellence in leadership, academic achievement, and research exhibited by 3 graduating seniors, and the induction of new members into the Sigma Pi Sigma physics honor society.  The event culminates in a colloquium-style research presentation given by the winner of the Rodney I. McCormick Award for undergraduate research (see previous McCormick Award winners here).

This year, due to the COVID19-related closure of campus, we are unfortunately unable to meet in-person as a department to honor our excellent undergraduates.  Instead, the event will be hosted virtually, via Zoom (connection information to be distributed prior to the event).  In lieu of the poster session which typically precedes the Symposium, a research presentation session consisting of a series of 3-minute scientific talks will be given by our undergraduate researchers.  The agenda for this year’s symposium is as follows:

The 2021 McCormick Symposium will be held on Wednesday May 5, beginning at 2:30pm:

Schedule of Events:

  • Undergraduate Research Presentation Session
  • Sigma Pi Sigma Invitees
  • Announcement of Senior Awards
  • Research presentation by McCormick Award Winner
  • Recognition of December 2020 and May 2021 Graduates

The Symposium will be held in a Zoom video-conference. We expect colleagues, friends, and family may wish to attend as well, which we certainly encourage!  The zoom link has been shared with students and faculty.  Please email the department ( if you would like the link to attend.

McCormick Symposium Undergraduate Research Presentation Session

If you are interested in giving a 3-minute presentation of your research, please complete the following registration form by Friday, May 1st: Registration Form.

Presentation Guidelines:

  • You are limited to 3 powerpoint/keynote slides, and 3 minutes of presentation time.
  • 1 minute will be allowed for questions from fellow undergraduates following your presentation.
  • Please rehearse your talks in advance.  3 minutes is a very short period of time; prioritize the information you’d like to convey, and make sure you can deliver it in the time allotted.

Questions?  Please contact Dr. Matthew Green for further information.