CAES Undergraduate Research Initiative

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Research Program allows students the opportunity to conduct research under the direction of a CAES faculty member, giving them hands-on research experience at an undergraduate level.

Who: Any CAES undergraduate student may conduct research with a faculty mentor.

How: Students are responsible for contacting faculty and arranging a research project with that faculty mentor for the given academic year.

When: Research is conducted throughout the academic year. Undergraduate research activities will culminate in the 2018-19 CAES Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 3, 2019.

Funding: CAES students and their research mentors are invited to apply for funding to cover research-related costs. Funding applications are due on August 29th for Fall Proposals and on January 23rd for Spring Proposals. Students who receive funding are required to present their research findings at the CAES Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 3, 2019. CAES faculty mentors will be awarded $500 to be applied toward research expenses.

Please note: Students receiving CURO assistantships are not eligible for the $500 funding from this program to be used as hourly wages.  However, students receiving CURO assistantships ARE eligible for $500 for their CAES faculty mentors to use for research expenses.

Important Deadlines:

  • August 29, 2018
    Fall Proposals due
  • January 23, 2019
    Spring Proposals due
  • March 20, 2019
    Abstracts due
  • April 3, 2019
    CAES Undergraduate Research Symposium

CAES Undergraduate Research Symposium

The symposium taking place from 12:30 - 5 pm on Wednesday, April 3rd is open to any undergraduate CAES student who conducted research (funded or not funded) during the 2018-2019 school year. A call for abstracts will be issued in the spring and abstracts will be due by March 20th.

  • Students will conduct research under the direction of a CAES faculty mentor.
  • Students submit an abstract by March 20, 2019 to enter the competition.
  • Students may choose to present their research findings in the poster or oral categories.  
  • The top five students in both the poster and oral presentations will receive awards.


Awards will be presented at the CAES Student Leadership and Awards Banquet on April 25, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the Georgia Center. Awards will be given in both the oral and poster categories as follows: First place - $600, Second place - $500, Third place - $400, Fourth place - $300, Fifth place - $200, Sixth place - $100.

UGRAD Research Cash Prizes (1)

Details on Judging and Presentation

Students can identify their preference for giving either an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Every effort will be made to accommodate your selection and to schedule your oral or poster presentation when you are not in class.  You will be notified of your presentation time once the deadline for abstract submissions has passed.  

Both types of presentations should be 10 minutes and followed by 3 minutes of questions.

Poster Presenters:

  • Review the guidelines for size and layout here.
  • The easels will be available in the Conner Hall Lobby by 8:30 am on April 11 for you to mount your poster. All posters must be in place by 12:30 pm on Wednesday, April 11.
  • Please be in place, next to your poster and ready to visit with the judges no later than 30 minutes prior to your presentation time.
  • All posters must remain in place until 4 pm. Please come by Conner Hall or send a friend to pick up your poster between 4 pm and 5 pm.
  • Click here to review the grading rubric.

Oral Presenters:

  • Presentations are accepted in PowerPoint ONLY.
  • You should plan to give a 10-12 minute presentation. Please practice and time yourself so that you are within the allocated time frame. Points will be subtracted if you are over or under time. Your presentation will be followed by 1-3 minutes of questions.
  • Send your presentation to Travis Ingram at
  • Arrive at the room scheduled for your presentation no later than 30 minutes prior to your presentation time. You may leave at the conclusion of your presentation.
  • Click here to review the grading rubric.