Eastern Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium 2019

All eastern region university, college and community college students who conduct research or scholarly work with faculty are encouraged to present their work in poster form at the annual Eastern Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium, which is held in the spring semester.

This year, Penn State Hazleton will host the event on Thursday, April 18, 2019.

Students selected by their host campus are invited to participate in this year’s regional undergraduate research symposium. Campuses can submit up to 8 projects total. The symposium is separated into four categories, and each campus can either submit up to two projects per category or, if lacking in one or more categories, can submit up to three projects per category (but still a maximum total of 8). The categories are:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Biological Sciences and Health
  • Physical Sciences, Information Sciences, Engineering
  • Social Sciences and Business

The annual Eastern Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held Thursday, April 18 in the Evelyn Graham Academic Building.

Please join us to celebrate the outstanding research conducted this year in eastern Pennsylvania!

Schedule of Events

9 to 9:30 a.m.  Registration and Poster Mounting (light breakfast provided)
9:30 to 9:35 a.m.  Symposium Logistics
9:35 to 9:45 a.m.  Welcoming Remarks
9:45 to 11:45 a.m.  Poster Presentations and Judging
11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  Lunch
12:20 to 1:15 p.m. Keynote Speaker
1:25 to 1:45 p.m.  Awards Presentation

Keynote Speaker

S. Shyam Sundar








S. Shyam Sundar
James P. Jimirro Professor of Media Effects
Co-Director, Media Effects Research Laboratory
Donald P. Bellasario College of Communications
Penn State


Our Love-Hate Relationship with Interactive Media: My Experiments on the Psychology of Interactivity

Interactive media can be a force for tremendous good, by providing us unprecedented levels of access to information, engagement with others and control over our communications. However, it can also give rise to overload, addiction and misinformation. This talk will reveal the reasons why online interactivity is so alluring and will discuss various ways in which specific features of media technology shape our psychology, for both good and evil. It will also articulate how to study interactive media in a theory-driven manner, by stressing the importance of building typologies and developing conceptually driven models for empirical study.

Registration for Participation

  • Faculty must submit a draft of an abstract when registering.
  • Conference day is Thursday, April 18, 2019.
  • Judging time: April 18 from 10 a.m. to Noon. 
  • Abstract submission deadline: Monday, April 15 at 5 p.m.
  • Abstract guidelines can be found at: Components and Sample Abstract

Register for the conference at: Registration Form

Registration for Judging

Faculty who are attending the symposium are kindly asked to participate as a judge in an appropriate category. Please contact David Starling at [email protected] to confirm your interest as a judge.

Poster Instructions

All students conducting research or scholarly work with faculty at eastern Pennsylvania colleges are encouraged to present their work in poster form. This includes students from any university, college or community college in eastern Pennsylvania who have worked with or are currently working with faculty. Students with winning poster presentations will receive awards at a presentation following the keynote speaker.

The following instructions emphasize how local (Hazleton) students may prepare their posters. However, some of the instructions (e.g., poster size) are general and should be considered by students from all institutions.

Instructions for Poster Creation

Project Evaluation

The following two rubrics will be used for the four categories. Students should familiarize themselves with the rubric for their area so as to address the points that judges will be looking for.

  • Biological Sciences and Health and Social Sciences and Business
  • Arts and Humanities and Physical Sciences, Information Sciences, Engineering