Undergraduate Research at the Capitol - Pennsylvania (URC-PA) 2013 Poster Conference

Posted: January 14, 2013

The URC-PA poster Conference is an educational event allowing the undergraduate students enrolled in Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities to showcase their research talents to the Commonwealth’s key decision-makers.

All fields of research are encouraged. As a participant, you will spend the day in the Pennsylvania Capitol Building, share experiences and ideas with your counterparts from other schools, and enlighten your state legislators on the topics that are important to you and our society.


A typical day in the state capitol entails welcoming remarks from the organizing committee, presentation and display of your research in the Capitol’s East Wing Rotunda, introduction of participants on either the Senate or House floor, and face-to-face interaction with Pennsylvania’s key decision makers. A detailed agenda will be posted on the website.


The event is held in the East Wing Rotunda located in the Capitol Complex, Harrisburg.


Since the selection process may vary at each school, interested students should check with their institution’s URC-PA contact person to determine the internal process for participation. At Penn State, the Office of Undergraduate Education will coordinate participation including identification of students and submission of all registration information and abstracts. See contact information below.

If students and faculty advisers are interested in participating please send Dr. Tracy Hoover the following information by January 23rd.

•    Name and major of the student interested in   presenting a poster at the event

•    Title of the poster

•    A brief abstract of the research

•    The name and email of the faculty project adviser

Posters will be selected for participation by the Office of Undergraduate Education, seeking representation across Penn State colleges and campuses. Undergraduate Education will submit all registration information and abstracts for Penn State's presenters and work with the Office of Governmental Affairs to schedule student appointments with their state legislators. Faculty advisers are invited to attend the event with their students.  

Important Dates for Participants

January 31, 2013 is the date that students must be registered to indicate their intention to participate in URC-PA.

  • February 19, 2013 is the abstract deadline. For complete guidelines, details, and a sample abstract, please check the website.
  • March 19, 2013 is the event date. Prior to the event, prepare the poster highlighting the research for display at the Capitol. Remember to bring your poster and a display easel for public viewing the day of the event.
Detailed event information is available at  Penn State URC-PA Contact is Mary Beth Crowe, Assistant Vice President and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education 814-863-1864.