University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum Set for April 14

Michigan State University’s 25th annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) will take place Friday, April 14, both online and in person. This hybrid event will feature research projects and creativity from more than 900 undergraduate students at MSU, including 34 students from the College of Arts & Letters.  

UURAF provides a unique educational opportunity for MSU students to share their scholarship and creative activity with peers, faculty, staff, and experts in the field. Students gain experience presenting their work through poster, oral, performance, or film/exhibit presentations; answering questions about their work; and receiving constructive feedback from a panel of judges.

The annual forum will include both asynchronous and synchronous virtual presentations based on the student’s choice of modality. Virtual activities will be hosted on Symposium by ForagerOne, and the in-person activities will take place at the Breslin Student Events Center.

An awards ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, April 26, at the MSU Union Ballroom in which monetary prizes will be awarded to recognize exemplary presentations with one first-place award of $100 given in each of 37 categories.

First-place award recipients then are eligible to submit their work for one of the two grand prizes of $500 each. One grand prize will be awarded in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics categories and another in the social sciences, humanities, and arts categories.

The 2022 University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum that was held at the Breslin Student Events Center.

Both the UURAF presentations and awards ceremony are free and open to the public. UURAF is co-sponsored by the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and the Honors College.

College of Arts & Letters UURAF Participants

The 34 College of Arts & Letters students who will present their work at the 2023 UURAF include:

  • Katie Burkhardt, senior English major
  • Jocelyn Cayen, junior Experience Architecture major
  • Amina Darabie, senior Arabic and Experience Architecture double major
  • Lauryn Davis, sophomore Linguistics major
  • Mitchell Ernst, senior German major
  • Lauren Freeland, senior Apparel and Textile Design major
  • Ziang Gu, junior Philosophy major
  • Vincent Guerrieri, senior Spanish major
  • Erin Hallett, senior Apparel and Textile Design major
  • Jordan House, senior Theatre major
  • Newt Kelbley, senior Linguistics major
  • Whitney Kuta, senior Linguistics major
  • Kaitlyn Kwon, senior Graphic Design major
  • Sydney Logsdon, senior English major
  • Andrea Lopez-Diaz, freshman Graphic Design major
  • Laine Lord, junior Art History and Visual Culture major
  • Hannah MacDonald, senior Spanish major
  • Arhan Mulay, junior Experience Architecture major
  • Rana Omar, senior Religious Studies major
  • Emily Paterson, senior Experience Architecture major
  • Angela Petterson, senior Apparel and Textile Design major
  • Katherin Poon, sophomore Theatre major
  • Nel Robinson, junior African American & African Studies major
  • Gracie Rudolfi, junior English major
  • Emelia Rush, junior Graphic Design major
  • Kate Schleusener, senior Experience Architecture major
  • Zach Sebree, senior French major
  • Abby Sobutka, sophomore Professional and Public Writing major
  • Reese’samone Tatum, senior Graphic Design major
  • Mikayla Thompson, senior Linguistics major
  • Kira Vander-Molen, senior Linguistics major
  • Henry Vanfaussien, senior French major
  • Amyra Walker, sophomore Humanities-Prelaw major
  • Caroline Zackerman, senior Linguistics major

For more information and a complete listing of all presenters, see the 2023 UURAF Program Book or visit the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum website