Posted: January 17, 2024

The Undergraduate Research at the Capitol—Pennsylvania Poster Conference will take place in the State Capitol Building, Harrisburg on Tuesday, March 19, 2024. The event restarted last year after not having taken place in approximately 5 years, so we are excited to be resuming this important connection to Pennsylvania’s legislators. This conference provides undergraduate students from across the state opportunity to showcase their research projects to an audience of Pennsylvania legislators. In addition to the scholarly presentations and discussions, students often have opportunities to interact with members of state government and when possible, are invited to visit either the Senate or House Chamber as part of the day’s events. These are arranged through Penn State Government and Community Relations. Penn State is limited to 8 posters total and nominations from all campuses are welcome. All fields of research are encouraged.

Faculty are invited to nominate students for participation. Students should not contact the event organizers directly. The Penn State Office of Undergraduate Education organizes the selection, submission, and registration of all presentations from Penn State. To be considered for this event, we must receive the following information from faculty nominators:

  1. the name and email of the undergraduate student(s)
  2. the title of the poster
  3. a brief abstract

If the nominating faculty member is not the project adviser, please provide that name and email as well. All nominations must be submitted by e-mail to by 11:59 pm on Sunday, February 11, 2023. Late submissions cannot be considered. As advisers select nominees, please consider the ability of the student to discuss societal value of their research and their ability to participate in research diplomacy as representatives of Penn State.

Students selected to participate will be notified by Wednesday, February 14. Undergraduate Education will submit the required registrations and materials to the state and will work with the Office of Government and Community Relations to schedule student appointments with their state legislators. Faculty advisers are invited to attend the event with their students.

More details about Undergraduate Research at the Capitol are available at Questions may be directed to Alan Rieck at or 814-863-1864.