The Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EURēCA) is an annual event that showcases research and creative activities by currently enrolled undergraduate students in collaboration with a University of Tennessee, Knoxville or UTIA faculty mentor. Entries can be individual or group projects and are judged by a panel of UT faculty members and industry partners. There is an additional category for projects conducted as part of a classroom assignment, including capstone projects (if capstone projects are not considered research in your department/college). These projects can also be individual or group projects. The Office of Undergraduate Research coordinates this unique competition to encourage, support, and reward undergraduate participation in the campus research enterprise and in the classroom learning of research methodologies. Read more about classroom projects here.
Dates and Locations
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the 24th Annual Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement will be held in a virtual format on April 13, 2020. View the EURēCA 2020 Schedule here. To see students’ abstracts and/or posters from prior events, click here.
The exhibition represents faculty-mentored undergraduate research in all disciplines across campus. Research projects will be displayed by students in a virtual format using digital research posters.
How to Participate
Students interested in participating must complete and submit their application online and attach a EURēCA Abstract online (typical abstract length is around 200 words but should not be longer than one page.) (you may need to include utk before entering your NetId). After students complete the Registration Form, it will be forwarded to their faculty mentor for review and approval. Please obtain your faculty mentor’s NetId prior to beginning your application. The system will close on March 11, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
EURēCA is funded by the Office of Undergraduate Research within the Division of Student Success, and individual colleges across campus. The competition for these cash prizes divides students into Disciplinary Divisions. Each Division awards cash prizes that are funded by departments and colleges. In addition, a final competition recognizes the top posters overall, with gold, silver and bronze awards.
Another set of awards are historically funded by the UT Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and the William Franklin Harris III Undergraduate Research Award. All award winners are recognized at the EUReCA awards ceremony. ORE will submit prize information to the Office of Financial Aid (OFA). OFA will take care of processing the payments which will get posted on your MyUTK account and direct deposited to the bank account as set up with the Bursar’s Office.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you receive federal or state financial aid, including a Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship, the amount of the additional aid may be reduced because of your award.