Show Me Research Week is a celebration of the exploration and discovery of research/scholarship/creative endeavors that make Mizzou a Tier 1 Research Institution. The heart of this week is the Spring Research & Creative Achievements Forum which will highlight and showcase research by Mizzou undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

We encourage presenters from all disciplines to present their work, even "Works in Progress" should be considered for the Forum.

Be sure to review the Forum Checklist and discuss with your mentor before registering (it will save you both a lot of time!)

Register to present by March 22.


Frequently asked questions

The Forum will take place in-person at Memorial Union on Tuesday, April 18 and Wednesday, April 19 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and Thursday, April 20, 9 a.m.-noon. 

There will be ten (10) - 90 minute sessions that you will 'rank in preference' for YOUR presentation time when you register. We will do all that we can to accommodate your preferences.) 

Any Mizzou undergraduate/graduate student and postdoctoral fellow can participate in the Forum. 

'Works in Progress' may also be presented - your research does NOT have to be completed.

Participants will be split into two categories: Sciences and Humanities. Within those two categories, will be the subcategories listed below. You will choose which subcategory under which your work falls. We highly encourage you to discuss with your mentor which category you should select before applying. 


  • Social & Behavioral Sciences - projects using research methods appropriate to human behavior and social systems including, but not limited to, psychology, anthropology, sociology, education, public health, economics, political sciences, communication studies, journalism and business. 

  • Life Sciences - lab-based, field-based, or theoretical projects answering basic and applied questions in biology, biochemistry, ecology, biomedicine, etc. 

  • Physical Sciences & Mathematics - experimental and theoretical research in the natural sciences and mathematical sciences, excluding the life sciences. 

  • Engineering Sciences - experimental and applied research designed to understand and build effective structures, systems and processes. 


  • Artistic Expression - visual art pieces, fashion design, music, theater and creative writing. Performance-based projects will also be included in this category.

  • Applied Design - projects that solve a problem with an original design solution including, but not limited to, design projects for theater, architectural studies, photojournalism, graphic design and advertising.

  • Humanities - projects using methods appropriate to study modern and ancient languages, literature, history, philosophy, religion, culture, journalism and other humanities disciplines.

No. When you register for the forum, you must choose the OPT-IN choice for your presentation to be judged. Whether the modality of your presentation is a poster or as an oral presentation - you may choose to whether or not to have it judged when you register for the Forum.

Here are the rubrics that will be used to critique presentations:

Humanities Rubric (For the Applied Design, Artistic Expression and Humanities categories.)

STEM Rubric (For the Behavioral/Social Sciences, Engineering, Life Sciences and Physical & Mathematical Sciences categories.)

Distinguished faculty, staff, professionals, and postdoctoral fellows and graduate students that are experienced in their field determined by our head and lead judges will be judging participants in each category.

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will only be judged by faculty, staff and professionals.
Undergraduates will be judged by faculty, staff, professionals, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. 

Those participants who OPT-IN to have their presentations judged, their presentations will be critiqued using a set of rubrics (See "Do I have to have my presentation judged?" above to see the rubrics.)

If you do not select to OPT-IN to judging, your presentation will not be considered for an award.

Monetary awards will be given to the top three undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows - in total 9 awards for each category. Monetary amounts are as follows:

  • 1st: $250
  • 2nd: $150
  • 3rd: $100 

Winners will be announced on 3 pm., Friday, April 21st during the Show Me Research Week Closing Ceremonies which will be held in Monsanto Auditorium, Bond Life Sciences Center. Winners will not be announced prior to the ceremony. 

To register for the Forum, fill out this form by Wednesday, March 22.

You will receive a confirmation email with your answers - it may go to your 'JUNK' or 'SPAM' folder so check there. Your mentor will also receive a confirmation email of your registration.

Due to the expected volume of presenters, we encourage you to apply early. Space is limited and we may have to close the application portal early if capacity is reached before March 22 at 11:59 p.m.

After you have registered for the Forum (by March 22nd, 11:59pm), there are still a couple of things for you to complete.
Also, we want to inform you of what will happen leading up to the actual presentation dates.

We have created a handout for you to reference with this information. 

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