University of Washington School of Public Health

SPH Undergraduate Symposium

The School of Public Health will hold the fifth annual Undergraduate Symposium on Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 4 – 6 pm in the UW South Campus Center.

The Undergraduate Symposium is a chance for students from across the School’s undergraduate majors and minors to demonstrate how they have applied the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom to address public health problems through research, internship, and capstone experiences. Students from the following programs are invited to present:  The Public Health Major, the Environmental Health Major, the Health Informatics and Health Information Management Major, the Global Health Minor, and the Nutritional Sciences Minor.

The Symposium also provides a forum for current students, prospective students, faculty, and the community to discuss current topics in public health.

We hope you’ll join us for this exciting event which will include poster presentations and a reception.  A full program will be available on this site in May.

SPH students who are interested in presenting should talk with their adviser.

We will be hosting an information session for the symposium, and on how to prepare an abstract for submission, (Date and Time TBD).

Abstract Submission

Details for Student Abstract Submission

Students in all School of Public Health undergraduate majors and minors are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentations. We will accept approximately 40 posters through a competitive process.

Submission Deadline: April 13, 2018.  Late submissions will not be accepted.

Criteria for Selection: The abstract committee will review all submissions by the following criteria: originality; organization; quality and clarity; and relevance of the project to the field of public health.

Abstract Guidelines: All abstracts must be submitted online and in English. Total word count, excluding author names, affiliations and titles, must be under 300 words.

The abstract should provide sufficient information and summary of your research, project or experience. In addition to a summary, your abstract should include your topic, approach or methods, and findings or progress to date. Please indicate if your work was conducted domestically, internationally or both.

If submitting an abstract for research, project or capstone, you do not need to have completed your research to be eligible to present a poster. It is acceptable to share your current findings or anticipated conclusions or outcome.

Your abstract may be published in our symposium program. Therefore, you should submit a high quality version with appropriate approvals by any faculty or staff mentors you worked with on the research, project or experience. Your abstract cannot be amended after the submission deadline.

If your abstract is approved, you will be notified no later than Friday, April 20, 2018.
You must be available to present your poster at the Symposium on Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 4pm-6pm at South Campus Center, room 316.

Students applying to or presenting at the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium are encouraged to use the same or similar materials for the SPH Undergraduate Symposium. 

If you have any questions, please contact your relevant SPH academic adviser or email

2017 Symposium Program