West Virginia’s Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol (URDC) features presentations on creative research endeavors from student attendees of colleges and universities around the state. These presentations will help members of the West Virginia State Legislature and Executive Branch understand the importance of undergraduate scholarly activities by providing members with an opportunity to speak directly with the students whom these programs impact.

The 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol took place on Friday, March 5, 2021 and presentations are still available for viewing. Over 70 undergraduate researchers in a variety of disciplines presented and explained their research and creative work. The symposium was judged, and winning presentations from each category will be announced by March 15 at 4 p.m. (EST). The 2021 Abstract Booklet is available for viewing. 

Students will also check their YouTube presentations for one week in order to answer any lingering questions.  

The winners of each category are now published online

Special thanks to the Undergraduate Research Day Steering Committee including: Heather Arnett, Michelle Richards-Babb, Dawne Burke, Larry Daily, Michael Fultz, Rodney Klein, Derrick Kolling, Barbara Liedl, Rosalynn Quinones, Juliana Serafin, Suzanne Strait, and Paulus Wahjudi.



Instructions to Presenters

Presenters are assigned to a subcategory. Presenters who previously submitted accepted abstracts will be asked to upload recordings and supporting media of their presentations. For the virtual symposium format, presenters are encouraged to think creatively about how to record and disseminate their research and scholarly endeavors.

For detailed instructions and resources on how to upload your presentation, please see the information below.


Recording Your Presentation
We strongly encourage presenters to combine audio and visual elements for the recording of their presentation to assist audience members during their viewing experience. For presenters who cannot record simultaneous oral and video of themselves standing in front of their PowerPoint to deliver their full presentation, the best method to combine audio and visual elements is to add audio to a presentation within PowerPoint and export the presentation as a video file (.mp4). This video file may be directly uploaded to your personal YouTube channel to generate a URL.

  • For Microsoft’s instructions on how to record audio on your presentation within PowerPoint, please click here.
  • For instructions from a Microsoft employee on how to export your PowerPoint to a video file, please click here.
  • Stand-alone audio recordings can be considered if video capturing (via a laptop, camera, or smartphone) or software recording is not technically feasible.
  • For instructions on how to create a YouTube channel to upload your video, please click here.
    • Once you upload your presentation to YouTube, adjust your settings to allow people to view and comment on your presentation. In addition, you need to make your video public. For instructions on how to adjust the privacy settings on your YouTube channel, please click here.


Making Accessible Presentations
In order to adhere to accessibility policies, a person with a disability must be afforded the opportunity to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services as a person without a disability in an equally effective and equally integrated manner, with substantially equivalent ease of use. In order to uphold these standards:

  • All video recordings need to have closed captioning enabled.
  • PowerPoint presentations should follow certain principals for ensuring accessibility standards are met. Please see the guidelines.
  • Word documents should also follow certain principles for ensuring accessibility standards are met. Please see the guidelines.
  • Presenters will be asked to upload supplemental materials so that all site visitors are provided the ability to obtain the same information as it pertains to the presentations.


Minimum Required Files Per Category
Every presenter must submit the minimum requirements listed below depending on the assigned category. Additional complementing media files may be submitted.

  • A URL of an audio/visual recording of presentation OR paper reading uploaded on YouTube. Presentations are limited to a maximum of 10 minutes.
  • A Google Drive link of your Power Point presentation. We recommend an accessible PowerPoint presentation (PPT or PPTX) OR essay if you intended to read aloud from a research paper (DOC or DOCX).


Submitting Your Material

  • Presenters must submit their presentation and supplemental materials through this form.


Additional Information


Participants by House and Senate District

Directory of Students by House and Senate District 


Professional Courtesy
All presenters should learn and practice professional etiquette common to all disciplines. In any provided audio/video recording, please ensure that decorum is appropriate, essential, and relevant to the research topic being discussed. If a presenter will be visually present in the video recording, the recommended minimum dress code is business casual. It is expected that presenters will contribute to the broader symposium by viewing and commenting on the presentations of other presenters within their discipline and in related categories.

YouTube will be used for presenters to upload and share their presentations. It will also allow for guests to make comments. All visitors should be mindful of comments made and remember to maintain a tone appropriate for a professional public forum.

Past URDC Program Booklets
Click on the buttons below to see abstract booklets from past URDC symposia. The booklets contain indices of student presenters, institutions, titles and abstracts of presentations.

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