Spring Undergraduate Research Forum

SURF is usually a part of CELEBRATE! – a weeklong series of events that bring to light our students’ wonderful academic and creative pursuits. However, due to COVID-19, we are not able to hold SURF in-person and on-campus this year. Instead, we have prepared this abstract booklet in recognition of all of the hard work of the undergraduate researchers and faculty mentors.

This year, SURF was scheduled to have 247 presentations and two interdisciplinary symposia named “Environmental Contexts of Development” and “Profiling South Asia: Knowledge, Representation, and Self-Understanding in Global Contexts”. Each SURF abstract was reviewed by two Elon faculty members with disciplinary expertise.

Although we will not be able to gather on campus to support the student presenters and performers this year, let’s celebrate their accomplishments through this abstract booklet. In this collection of abstracts, students share the joy of exploration and discovery that are the hallmarks of an intellectual community.

Here is the SURF 2020 Abstract Booklet.

The SURF submission process

The SURF 2020 abstract submission deadline is March 1, 2021. Please click HERE to access the submission site. To start the submission, you need to first log into a Google account via your Elon email.

SURF abstracts must be submitted pre-reviewed by two Elon faculty members other than your mentor. So, we ask mentors and students to work together to identify two faculty members with content expertise to review your abstract prior to submission. The process should utilize the following guidelines:

  1. The student and mentor draft an abstract for submission to SURF.
  2. The student and mentor collaboratively identify two faculty with content expertise to serve as reviewers.
  3. The student forwards the abstract to the reviewers. Please be mindful of the submission date and review time.
  4. The student receives their abstract back from the reviewers with comments and makes appropriate changes in consultation with their mentor.
  5. Once the mentor approves the abstract then the student may submit it to SURF.

To be accepted to SURF, approval from the Institutional Review Board (when applicable) is required. View the IRB Web site for additional information.

It is essential that the abstract is well-written and in language understandable by representatives of any discipline across campus. Discipline-specific jargon should be avoided, and if necessary, should be clearly defined. Abstracts and titles must be in the English language. The abstract must provide clear evidence that the student has undertaken a project that involves research at a level beyond the normal classroom experience.

It takes several weeks to organize the SURF programming. If you want the SURF program to come out sooner, then please make sure that the information you provide in the submission form and the abstract are accurate and consistent. It is also very helpful if you respond to our emails in a timely manner.

SURF abstract guidelines

You must submit an abstract to present at SURF. Use the abstract guidelines below to help you prepare your submission. The guidelines also include sample abstracts.

View the SURF abstract guidelines

Presenting at SURF

View the presentation guidelines and printing tips for posters

View the presentation guidelines for oral presentations

Archived SURF Programs

2020(abstract booklet only) 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012